Top newcomers: Freshmen Kyle Williamson (113) and Darian Kassiri (106).
Key losses: Robert Bruffey (138); Will Connely (160).
Non-league opponents: home against Westminster, Jan. 29.
Scouting report: Despite winning only two league matches last season, there is some buzz around the Lions program in 2013-2014. Rodriguez, who had a breakout season last year (34-9, third county, third region), has a shot at a county title and Williams, who won 15 matches last season as a sophomore, has been an offseason warrior. Kassiri was a junior league champ two years ago, and could make some noise at 106.
Bonus point: There are 37 athletes in the Howard wrestling room this season, so interest is up.
Long Reach Lightning
Last season: 0-11, 2-18, 12th at county tournament
Coach: Matt Bogusz, first season
Top returners: Seniors Konnor Kick (138) and Deon Williams (195).
Top newcomers: Sophomore Justin Pruitt (132); freshman Nick Epstein (106).
Key losses: Ronald Hindman (113); Chris Stewart (285).
Non-league opponents: at Century, Dec. 5; at Oakdale, Dec. 14; at Glen Burnie, Jan. 10.
Scouting report: Bogusz, who has an illustrious scholastic and collegiate wrestling profile, is looking to bring new energy and excitement to the Lightning wrestling room. Pruitt, a transfer from Michigan, should provide an immediate boost, and Epstein brings junior league experience as a freshman. The team will get veteran leadership from Williams (16 wins) and Kick (9), who combined for 25 wins last year and both placed sixth at the regional tournament.
Bonus point: Last year Ronald Hindman had one of the most successful seasons of any Lightning wrestler in the last decade, finishing 25-9 and winning a regional title.
Marriotts Ridge Mustangs
Last season: 5-6, 17-11, seventh at county tournament
Coach: Jason Conley, ninth season (11th overall)
Top returners: Seniors Chris Park (195) and Scott Desautelle (220); junior Zach Moody (132); sophomores Thomas Olson (138) and Romtin Habibi (120/113).
Top newcomers: Freshman Chris Spano (106).
Key losses: Nick Spano (126); Spencer Wyatt (145); Lyle Fugate (170); Vincent Stout (182, knee injury); Ryan Austin (285).