Bonus point: Happy (39), Hensley (38), Kadje (37), Clarke (36) and Montecino (31) combined for more than 180 wins last season.
Last season: 9-2, 10-3, fifth at county tournament
Coach: Andrew McIntyre, fourth season
Top returners: Seniors Mason Kilcarr* (138), Hans Wicklein (145), Wes Beattie (170) and Michael Sullivan (220); juniors Troy Kilcarr (132) and Trent Kilcarr (126).
Top newcomers: Senior Sean Kim (182); junior Jeremiah Branch^ (132); sophomores Shawn Hamilton (195) and A.J. Strott^ (160).
Key losses: Joe Quattrone (126); Sam Rowell (152, transfer to Mount St. Joseph).
Non-league opponents: home against South River, Dec. 14; at Arundel, Feb. 4; at Broadneck, Feb. 6.
Scouting report: Three brothers all capable of winning more than 30 matches and a county title is a great way to start a wrestling team, especially when one of them — Mason Kilcarr — seems destined to go deep in the state tournament as well, after advancing all the way to the finals last year. He could also become Reservoir's first three-time county champ this year. The Gators' depth throughout the lineup makes them a strong candidate to knock off the likes of Glenelg and River Hill. Sullivan, who has committed to wrestle for Washington and Lee, was bouncing back from an injury last year, but can be dominant when healthy. Newcomers to the varsity, Kim and Hamilton, will help make the Gators strong in the upperweights.
Bonus point: There are even more wrestling Kilcarrs than the three currently on the Gators varsity. Older brothers Payton and Bryce came through the program in the mid to late 2000s, and younger brother Reese is still on his way up. Younger sister Delaney, who is in elementary school, has also grown up around the sport.
River Hill Hawks
Last season: 11-0, 25-4, second at county tournament, regional tournament champion, state tournament runner-up
Coach: Brandon Lauer, eighth season
Top returners: Seniors Michael Beck* (120), Logan Kirby* (195), Cory Daniel* (220) and Casey Guthier (152); junior Brian Kirby* (182); sophomore Sean Guthier (132).
Top newcomers: Sophomore Matt Shealy^ (106); freshman Brady Daniel (160).
Key losses: Taariq Mohammed* (113); Lee Carter (132); Justin Nestor (285).
Non-league opponents: at Tuscarora, Dec. 7; home against Severna Park, Jan. 2; home against Oakdale, Jan. 23.
Scouting report: It's easy to see why River Hill is a favorite to win the county dual meet championship. In addition to four returning county champions — Beck (38-1, third at states), Logan Kirby (36-1, state finalist), Daniel (42-0, state champion) and Brian Kirby (32-8, region finalist) — the Hawks also return county finalist Sean Guthier, and brother Casey, who won 27 matches last year. Lightweight Shealy was a JV county champ, and freshman Brady Daniel is looking to follow in his older brother's footsteps. Logan Kirby is committed to wrestle for Harvard next year, while Cory Daniel has committed to join Nathan Kraisser at North Carolina.
Bonus point: Mark your calendars now. River Hill visits Glenelg on Jan. 28 in a match that could potentially decide the county dual meet championship. River Hill will also host the county tournament Feb. 21 and 22.
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