WRESTLER OF THE YEAR
The 140-pound junior went 39-4 with 19 pins, winning the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference crown after having placed third as a sophomore. He also was runner-up at the 4A-3A East regionals after having twice placed fourth, and he placed fourth at 4A-3A states. Cross has a 102-19 career record and 47 career pins, and has two career wins over Mardela's 2A-1A state champion Lester Andrews and one victory this season over Rising Sun's 2A-1A state champion Jamie Price.
This season he also defeated Urbana's 4A-3A North regional champion Justin Krop, Pikeville's Baltimore County and 2A-1A North regional champion Corbin Ellis and Severna Park's Anne Arundel County runner-up Zach Shreve.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Keith WatsonJohn Carroll
Watson, whose assistants included former NCAA All-American Tom Reese (University of Maryland), established the Patriots as a potential state power. Ranked as high as No. 9 in The Sun, the Patriots (40-8 in dual meets) won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference dual meet title, captured four crowns in invitational tournaments, went unbeaten against Harford County rivals in dual meet competition and finished a school-record fourth at the MIAA tournament.
John Carroll also finished a program-high sixth at the private schools state tournament, where 285-pound John Von Paris added a state title to the crown he captured at MIAAs. Von Paris was fifth at National Preps. The Patriots' Matt Bodt, Matthew Miller, Eric Hart, Tommy LaVey, Ethan Reese, Brock Brooks and Tim Webster all placed sixth or better at MIAAs, with LaVey, Reese, Webster and Keith Lipinski finishing eighth or better at private school states.
First teamWeight Name School Class
103 Brandon Gain Harford Tech Fresh.
112 Chris Hoffman Aberdeen Soph.
119 Mark Taylor Harford Tech Senior
125 Ryan Owens John Carroll Soph.
130 Matthew Miller John Carroll Fresh.
130 Matt Oates Harford Tech Senior
135 Eric Hart John Carroll Soph.
140 Matt Cross Bel Air Junior
145 Tommy LaVey John Carroll Junior
152 Keith Lipinski John Carroll Junior
160 Justin Butler Edgewood Senior
160 Ethan Reese John Carroll Soph.
171 Kevin McGinty North Harford Senior
189 George Denton C. Milton Wright Junior
215 Ben Boor Bel Air senior
285 John Von Paris John Carroll Senior
Second teamWeight Name School Class
103 Justin McCord C. Milton Wright Soph.
112 Matt Bodt John Carroll Junior
112 Erich Wienecke C. M ilton Wright Fresh.
119 Sean Ellenby Bel Air Fresh.
125 Joe Frazier Bel Air Senior
130 Brandon Frazier Aberdeen Junior
135 Zach Keller Bel Air Junior
140 Matt Miller Harford Tech Senior
145 Tom Stewart North Harford Junior
152 Kris Knopp Bel Air Senior
160 Aaron Williams Joppatowne Junior
171 Brock Brooks John Carroll Junior
171 Ryan Grabowski Aberdeen Senior
189 Justin Hohner North Harford Senior
215 Tim Webster John Carroll Senior
285 Mark Alexander Bel Air Senior
Note // Teams selected by Lem Satterfield after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.