5. Mount St. Joseph
Coach: Harry Barnabae
Last Season: 10-6, No. 13
Postseason: 5th in MIAA A Conference, 6th in Maryland Independent Schools Championship
Outlook: The Gaels will benefit from the addition of Sam Rowell, who finished fifth in the state last year as a sophomore, and transferred from Reservoir. Barnabae was pleased with the turnout he got the first day, and the Gaels should have lots of depth. Wrestling in the new Smith Athletic Center, with its huge wrestling room, won’t hurt, either.
6. Archbishop Spalding
Coach: Mike Laidley
Last Season: 23-4, No. 5
Postseason: 3rd in MIAA A Conference, 5th in Maryland Independent Schools Championship
Outlook: The Cavaliers lost six wrestlers from last season, but still return several wrestlers who did well at the MIAA and MIS levels. The team will be led by junior Logan Brietenbach (MIAA and MIS champion at 152 pounds) and senior Matt Pente (third in MIAA, fourth in MIS tournament at 138 pounds).
Coach: Ron Causey
Last Season: 20-3, No. 11
Postseason: 15th in Class 2A/1A
Outlook: The Bulls return four potential state finalists, and should be the team to beat in Baltimore County this year. Anthony Genco, who finished second in the state at 113 pounds with a 36-3 record last season, will lead a talented group that will be strongest in the upper weights.
8. Bel Air
Coach: Craig Reddish
Last Season: 25-4, unranked
Postseason: 20th in Class 2A/1A
Outlook: This should be a big year for the Bobcats, as Reddish returns 11 starters from last season’s talented team that won the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference regular season title. Depth will be a strength for this year’s team.