Two weeks ago, after River Hill defeated Glenelg on a last-second pin by heavyweight Tyler Smith, the Hawks felt like champions. But it wasn't until Saturday afternoon at Atholton, with wins over Reservoir, 35-21, and the host Raiders, 55-17, that River Hill could engrave its name on the Howard County regular-season championship plaque.
Sean Guthier (145) won a pair of close decisions, over Reservoir's Paul Quattrone and Atholton's Scott DeJames, and Alex Potts (113) came back to beat Reservoir's Tyler Ponton, 14-10, before pinning his Atholton opponent.
Reservoir's Stephen Sims (160) won a wild match with River Hill's Brady Daniel, 14-12.
The best match of the afternoon came when River Hill's defending state champ Cory Daniel (220), winner of almost 80 consecutive matches, defeated Reservoir's Mount Mat Madness champion Michael Sullivan, 11-7.
The Hawks , who have won 41 consecutive matches against league opponents and three straight Howard County titles, will now prepare for the regional duals on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Reservoir 63, Atholton 10
River Hill 35, Reservoir 21
120: Michael Beck (RH) tech Trent Kilcarr (Re), 5:27/20-5.
126: Troy Kilcarr (Re) maj. Andrew Mahoney (RH), 15-2.
132: Mason Kilcarr (Re) maj. Tyler Bond (RH), 9-0.
138: Hans Wicklein (Re) maj. Ryan Erskine (RH), 12-2.
145: Sean Guthier (RH) dec. Paul Quattrone (Re), 3-1.
152: Jack Connolly (RH) pin Gary Green (Re), 3:00.
160: Stephen Sims (Re) dec. Brady Daniel (RH), 14-12.
170: Sebastian Ames (RH) dec. AJ Strott (Re), 11-6.
182: Wesley Beattie (Re) pin Bebe Kum (RH), :39.
195: Cyrus Vaughn (RH) dec. Shawn Hamilton (Re), 9-6.
220: Cory Daniel (RH) dec. Michael Sullivan (Re), 11-7.
285: Logan Kirby (RH) wbf.
106: Matt Shealy (RH) dec. Dalton Kleinhen (Re), 7-4.
113: Alex Potts (RH) dec. Tyler Ponton (Re), 14-10.
River Hill 55, Atholton 17
126: Alec Lewin (A) dec. Andrew Mahoney (RH) 6-0.
132: Josh Pickens (A) dec. Tyler Bond (RH) 6-0.
138: Ryan Erskine (RH) maj. Luis Altamirano (A) 10-2.
145: Sean Guthier (RH) dec. Scott DeJames (A) 3-0.
152: Philip Frazier (A) tech Jack Connolly (RH) 0:00 17-2.
160: Brady Daniel (RH) pin Jahmyire Jones (A) 3:50.
170: Sebastian Ames (RH) wbf.
182: Brian Rodriguez (A) pin Cyrus Vaughn (RH) 3:51.
195: Bebe Kum (RH) wbf.
220: Logan Kirby (RH) wbf.
285: Cory Daniel (RH) wbf.
106: Matt Shealy (RH) wbf.
113: Alex Potts (RH) pin Sean Divver (A) 1:37.
120: Michael Beck (RH) wbf.