Last year as a junior heavyweight wrestling varsity for the first time, Glenelg's Sean Twigg faced moderate expectations. But this year, coming off of a 2A state championship, his standard of success is understandably higher.
And so far, he has met that standard.
Twigg defeated Huntingtown's Dalonte Holland, 5-3, in double overtime, to win the heavyweight championship at the prestigious Mount Mat Madness tournament at the University of Maryland - Baltimore County Saturday evening.
"Even with this, I feel a lot of pressure," Twigg said.
Twigg is Howard County's fourth Mount Mat Madness champion, joining Centennial's Nathan Kraisser (2011, Outstanding Wrestler), Glenelg's Tim Chase (2008, Outstanding Wrestler) and Hammond's Vince Taweel (2007).
Bobby Bowman, son of Glenelg assistant coach Rob Bowman, won an MMM title for Mount St. Joseph in 2010.
Earlier this season at the War on the Shore tournament, Twigg finished second and Holland placed third.
The defending state champion trailed after the first period, 2-1, after giving up an early takedown.
"It was just a physical snapdown. He's a big guy, using his whole body weight and snapping on the neck, controlling the tie and just snapped him down, spun behind him and scored," coach Chris Rosas said. "But (Twigg) fought back and rode him out there in the second, that was really big."
Twigg locked his large legs around Holland's body in the second period, and rolled him over several times, but couldn't score any nearfall points.
However, he escaped almost immediately in the third period to tie the score, forcing overtime.
After the first 60-second overtime passed without any points scored, Twigg escaped quickly in the first tiebreaker period of the second overtime, and then scored a takedown as time expired, sidestepping Holland's sprawling takedown attempt and pouncing on top for two points.
"That was the difference in the match," Twigg said. "I didn't think I was going to get two for it but after I got (those) two, I was feeling pretty good."
Holland escaped early in the second tiebreaker period, but Twigg fended him off the rest of the way to secure the title.
Glenelg's only other wrestler in the finals was Tim Null (106), who lost to Brentsville's Jeff Walker, 12-2.
The Gladiators placed sixth out of 27 teams, second among Maryland public schools.
Earlier this season, Null won the War on the Shore tournament.
"He was excited to come out here and wrestle and get a chance to go against some of Maryland's top guys," Rosas said.
Glenelg's Ryan Carter (138) and Craig Burris (220) also placed, each taking sixth.
Reservoir finished 13th at the tournament, fourth best among Maryland public schools. Gators who made it to the podium were Troy Kilcarr (4th, 106), Mason Kilcarr (5th, 132), Wes Beattie (5th, 170) and Michael Sullivan (4th, 195).
A pair of private school wrestlers that hail from Howard County, Archbishop Spalding's Matt Pente (3rd, 132) and Mount St. Joseph's Seth Rowell (4th, 138), also showed well at the tournament.
Archbishop Spalding won the team title, becoming the first Maryland school to win since McDonogh in 2008. The tournament, which began in 2004, took a one-year hiatus last year.
Also on Saturday, Lackey defeated Hammond, 44-36, in a dual meet.
The Golden Bears got pins from Bryan Overton (160), Justin Nelson (220), John Lowe (106) and Evan Nuss (138).
River Hill, Howard win holiday tournaments
River Hill and Wilde Lake were both competing at the McDonogh Holiday Duals tournament this weekend, but only got to wrestle on Friday night after Saturday's action was cancelled due to weather.
But earlier this winter break, Dec. 21 and 22, River Hill won the Warrior Duals at LaPlata, finishing 7-1 with wins over North Hagerstown, Lackey, South River, Great Bridge, Bethesda - Chevy Chase, LaPlata and Forest Park. The Hawks' only loss was to North Point, which finished 6-2.
That same weekend, Howard won the Charm City Duals at Carver VoTech. The Lions defeated Patapsco, Glenelg Country, Great Mills, Carver, Covenant Christian and Overlea in the tournament.