2012-13 wrestlers to watch
10 of the top wrestlers in the Baltimore area, as well as other notables
Western Tech, 132 pounds, junior
Triple Crown" winner at Western Tech when he won the Baltimore County, 2A-1A North regional and state championships at 120 pounds last season. He beat Oakland Mills' Tony Farace, a three-time state champion, in the state semifinals.
Fallston, 152 pounds, senior
Austin went 37-2 a year ago, coming within two points of winning a 2A-1A state title at 145 pounds. With inspiration for this season after the close defeat, the Fallston standout plans to use his three years of postseason experience to capture the 2A-1A crown.
Winters Mill, 145 pounds, senior
A 44-3 season, highlighted by 26 pins, propelled Cook to the Carroll County, 2A-1A West regional and state titles at 138 pounds. The Falcons wrestler's deceptive speed is a strength that allows him to work his game plan to its finish.
Severn, 106 pounds, freshman
Even at 106 pounds, Doetsch is undersized for the weight class. His hard-nosed and determined attitude earned respect in junior league competition, and Doetsch's development under coach Art Saumenig should be compelling.
St. Paul's, 113 pounds, sophomore
Following in the footsteps of his brother, Eric, who graduated as a four-time Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and Maryland Independent Schools state champion, Ryan brings experience, toughness and technique to the mat. He moves up this year from 106 pounds.
McDonogh, 160 pounds, junior
Hague routinely gave away 10 to 12 pounds in each match while wrestling in the 160-pound weight class as a sophomore, but he still won a MIAA title and finished second in the MIS and National Preps tournaments. Will his success continue this season?
Broadneck, 132 pounds, sophomore
As a freshman last season, Harrell's confidence led him to a 36-2 record and a 4A-3A state championship at 120 pounds. This year, his mental toughness will face new tests as the Bruins wrestler moves up to 132 pounds.
Archbishop Curley, 126 pounds, junior
At 113 pounds, Huntley enjoyed a super sophomore season as he swept the MIAA, MIS and National Preps championships. He can control the tempo of matches and dominate opponents, which was demonstrated by his 40-3 record last year.
River Hill, 195 pounds, junior
Kirby earned respect last year with a runner-up finish in the 4A-3A state tournament at 195 pounds. With strong work ethic and commitment, the Hawks wrestler is looking to finish one spot better this season.
Mount St. Joseph, 126 pounds, junior
Exhibiting excellent skills and a strong mat awareness at Perry Hall, Salvo went 36-2 and earned the 4A-3A state title at 106 pounds. After transferring to Mount St. Joseph, he'll look to move up three weight classes and find similar success against private-school competition.
Jacob Asher, Dulaney
Rowan Belch, Broadneck
Shane Cockerille, Gilman
Nathan Cook, Harford Tech
Sean Donoghue, Century
Nyonbou Farley, Kenwood
Ismail Grady, Poly
Cole Graves, Archbishop Spalding
Matt Green, Perry Hall
Dion Harvin, National Academy Foundation
William Holder-Moore, Bel Air
Eddie Howlette, Glenelg Country
Corey Jones, Poly
Joe Kendrick, Mount Hebron
Kevin Kinyua, Joppatowne
Billy Krop, St. Paul's
James Krug, Sparrows Point
Wayne Maddox, Dundalk
Myles Martin, McDonogh
Emmett Mobley, City
David Mohler, Loyola
Akintola Morakinyo, Wilde Lake
Pat Mullens, Atholton
Jack Mutchnik, St. Paul's
Ridge Myers, Fallston
Bryce Pappas, St. Mary's
Steven Schmitz, South Carroll
Conan Schuster, Loyola
Austin Seivold, Calvert Hall
Nick Shearin, Centennial
Malik Smith, North County
Mike Still, Archbishop Spalding
Scott Strappelli, John Carroll
Michael Sullivan, Reservoir
Ben Swanson, C.M. Wright
George Weber, John Carroll
Tyrell Wells, Randallstown
Eli Winston, Digital Harbor
Anthony Wyler, Boys' Latin
Jeff Zander, Severna Park