Atholton Raiders

Last season: 2-9 league, 10-17 overall, 11th at county tournament

Coach: Bruce Lindblad, third season (17th overall)

Top returners: Seniors Phillip Frazier (145) and Zack Smith (152); juniors Josh Pickens (138) and Brian Rodriguez (195).

Top newcomers: Freshman Luis Altamirano

Key losses: Pat Mullens (152)

Non-league opponents: at Loyola, Dec. 5; at Century, Feb. 5; home against Bel Air, Feb. 7.

Scouting report: The Raiders will be battling shorthanded again this winter, with only eight or nine varsity wrestlers at the onset of the season. But at least half of those wrestlers are well above average, as Pickens, Frazier, Smith and Rodriguez all won around 25 matches last year. Rodriguez, who finished the season 24-17, is the Raiders' only returning regional qualifier. Even with only 24 wrestlers in the room last year between JV and varsity, Atholton was 4-3 at both the Joppatowne and District V Duals and defeated Long Reach and Howard in dual meets. This year, the Raiders start the season with almost 30 wrestlers in the room.

Bonus point: Frazier may be the team's best all-around athlete. He batted .433 with 8 RBIs and 11 runs for the Atholton baseball team, and completed 43 passes for 563 yards and 2 TDs as a quarterback on the football team.

Centennial Eagles

Last season: 2-9, 4-17, ninth at county tournament

Coach: Cliff Kraisser, first season

Top returners: Seniors Matt Nickell (126), Sam Boulos (152), Brad Fasulo (160) and Tyler Boettcher (285); sophomore Austin Kraisser* (145).

Top newcomers: Senior Carlos Lucero (220).

Key losses: Nick Shearin (160)

Non-league opponents: home against LaPlata, Jan. 9; home against Southern, Jan. 23; at Oakdale, Feb. 4.

Scouting report: The Eagles may not have the numbers or depth to compete in a dual meet with the likes of Glenelg, Reservoir and River Hill. But Sam Boulos (25-6, county finalist last season) is one of the best wrestlers in the county, and Austin Kraisser (38-4, county and region champ, state finalist, 2-time All-American at this summer's Cadet National Championships in Fargo) is one of the best in the country. Boulos and Kraisser will get a great challenge at Mount Mat Madness in late December.

Bonus point: Nathan Kraisser, Austin's older brother and Howard County's first four-time state champion (2009-2012), is thriving at North Carolina. He was named the ACC Freshman of the Year last year after finishing 33-7, making it to the finals of the ACC tournament and qualifying for the NCAA tournament, where he won two matches.

Glenelg Gladiators

Last season: 10-1, 19-2, county and regional tournament champion, state dual meet runner-up