"I could eat whatever I want," said Daniel, a two-time first team all-county football tight end. "Immediately after the season I have to hit the weight room four or five times a week. I want to put on 15 to 20 pounds before college."

Daniel still hasn't given up his football dreams, planning to try out for an NFL team after college.

"I ultimately chose wrestling because I knew if I played football in college I would never wrestle again, and I definitely didn't want to give it up just like that," he said.

Fittingly, the local wrestler who Daniel is most easily compared to is Wilde Lake 220-pound state champ Zach Brown, now a starting linebacker for the Tennessee Titans.

Brown "was physically gifted. It was like a man wrestling boys," Lauer said. "He was also incredibly athletic. Obviously, he's in the NFL now ... Cory is more technically sound" than Brown was.

While Lauer will lament the loss of Daniel and Kirby, both families have blessed the River Hill athletic community with more offspring in the pipeline.

Junior Brian Kirby is a returning county champion, and Brady Daniel (160) has already won 20 matches as a freshman.

"He's definitely a lot more mature than I was at that age," Cory Daniel said. "I always knew he was going to live up to the expectations."

Although Daniel is on the verge of joining elite company if he can win his third county title and second state title in the next month, he is more concerned about his duties as team captain for the time being.

"I'm really excited to see how we're going to do in the postseason, we've been getting a lot better," he said. "We're going to try to go to North Point and bring home a state dual championship."