Coach: Pete Welch
Last Season: 23-2, No. 1
Postseason: Won MIAA A Conference championship, 2nd in Maryland Independent Schools Championship
Outlook: The Eagles lost Wrestler of the Year Jack Clark to a transfer, but gained Cameron Harrell — the 3A/4A state champion at 132 pounds — from Broadneck. McDonogh is again loaded with talent, led by Myles Martin.
2. John Carroll
Coach: Keith Watson
Last Season: 29-1, No. 3
Postseason: 2nd in MIAA A Conference, 3rd in Maryland Independent Schools Championship
Outlook: John Carroll should be even stronger than last year, when they pushed McDonogh all season. Hunter Ritter, the MIAA and MIS champion at 170 pounds last season, will return to lead this veteran squad, which features experience in just about every weight class.
3. River Hill
Coach: Brandon Lauer
Last Season: 25-4, No. 7
Postseason: Class 4A/3A runner-up
Outlook: The Hawks return a slew of Division I talent, led by Cory Daniel, who won the state championship last year at 195 pounds with a 42-0 record. State place finishers Logan Kirby (second at 220 pounds) and Michael Beck (third at 106 pounds) also return. This may be the team’s year to recapture a state title.
Coach: Matt Bichner
Last Season: 15-2, No. 6
Postseason: 3rd in Class 2A/1A, Class 2A/1A dual meet finalist
Outlook: Bichner, a former assistant for the Gladiators, takes over for Chris Rosas, and how quickly the kids adjust to his style will determine how this team fares. The Gladiators graduated three seniors and another good wrestler transferred. Bichner is confident that seniors Austin Pagnotta and Troy Walter can help with the coaching transition.