Several Harford County wrestlers went back to the mats Friday in Havre de Grace and Columbia in Howard County, seeking a region title or at least a top four finish, which guarantees each a spot in next weekend's Maryland State Wrestling Tournament in College Park.
At Havre de Grace, host of the Class 1A-2A East tourney, 16 wrestlers from Harford are still alive in championship bracket action after winning quarterfinal matches Friday night.
Fallston, which won its second UCBAC title a week ago, leads the locals with seven advancing to the semifinals, which are slated to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. Cougars in the semis are Colin McDonald, 106; Joe Medicus, 120; Garrett Coburn, 145; CJ Austin, 152; Austin Rutkowski, 182; Ridge Myers, 195; and Alex Helm, 285.
Patterson Mill has six alive in Jake Nikkila, 126; Bryan Miser, 132; Thomas Trzeciak, 138; Jason Noss, 145, Danny Nyitrai, 170; and Eric Eckstein, 220.
Edgewood got two through with Noel Spencer, 120, and Shawn Kluchinsky, 170, while Harford Tech also got one wrestler through with Nate Cook at 182.
Neighboring Perryville also has three in the semis with Chris Brown, 120; David Doring, 170; and Jake Ritter, 182.
Fallston leads the team standings with 43 points. Patterson Mill stands second with 38 and Wicomico is third at 28.
At Wilde Lake High School, seven Harford wrestlers reached the semifinals, also slated to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Aberdeen led the way with three wrestlers advancing: Travis Hubler, 126; Daniel Velez, 132; and CJ Allen, 195.
Bel Air has two, John Cross, 152, and William Holder-Moore, 170, as does C. Milton Wright, with Ben Swanson, 145, and Doug Thier, 182.