Last season: 7-4, 21-9, third at county tournament

Coach: Jeff Starnes, second season (12th overall)

Top returners: Seniors Noah Polonsky (120), Tyler Anderson (132), Malik Jackson* (152), Adam Glass (160) and Kris Gough (220); junior Romar DelaCruz (126).

Top newcomers: Junior Ernie Fermin (170).

Key losses: Jordan Trinh* (126); Daniel Andrews (132); Tola Morakinyo* (170); Ne'co Jones (285).

Non-league opponents: home against South Carroll, Dec. 5; home against Wise, Feb. 1.

Scouting report: The Wildecats will look to build on last year's seven-win season with a third place finish a the county tournament after graduating a strong senior class (Morakinyo, now at West Virginia Tech, did not lose last year until the state championship). Polonsky, the younger brother of former state champ Alex, won almost 30 matches and placed third at the county and region tournaments, and Jackson (32-8, region finalist, fourth at states) is aiming for his third consecutive county title. Fermin, who was a team leader on the football field along with Jackson, should solidify the Wildecats upperweights.

Bonus point: Assistant coaches Doug and Nickie Schenk grew up in the Glenelg area, but starred as wrestlers for McDonogh. Nick Schenk transferred to St. Mark's after his freshman year and won three Delaware state titles before wrestling for Oklahoma State.

Glenelg Country Dragons

Last season: 3-3 MIAA B Conference, 11-9

Coach: Doug Jesse, second season

Top returners: Seniors Matt Campbell (132) and Christian Vinyard (138); juniors Adam Bothwell (120), Emmanuel Curtis (195/220) and Eddie Howlette (145/152); sophomores Reid Chaconas (152/160) and Eric Wootton (145/152)

Top newcomers: Freshmen Will Bartlett (152) and Raj Malviya (106).

Key losses: NA

Scouting report: After a solid inaugural season, Jesse is really looking to make headway in the follow-up campaign. The Dragons didn't graduate anyone from last year's 11-9 team, and Chaconas, Curtis and Howlette all seem capable of placing at the end of season tournaments.

Bonus point: Curtis and Howlette were both members of the Potomac Valley Junior Olympics team.

 

Tournament highlights

Dec. 6-7: Scorpion Duals (Mt. Hebron, Oakland Mills, Wilde Lake); Aberdeen Duals (Marriotts Ridge); Andy Perez Tournament at Cambridge (Glenelg Country).

Dec. 13-14: Bauerlein Duals (Glenelg); Oakdale Tournament (Hammond, Long Reach); Joppatowne Tournament (Atholton); North County Tournament (Wilde Lake); Mad Mats Tournament at Magruder (Glenelg Country).