Coaches know the competition won't be what it has been in previous years, but they all see it as a step up from what they face on a daily basis.

"For us, it is probably still a little above where we should be," said Boys' Latin coach Drew Haugh, who has freshman Nick Malinowski (106), junior Anthony Wyler (145) and junior captain Evan Dohler (170) leading the Lakers. "But it will open my team's eyes to what quality wrestling really is. We've got a really young team with four freshmen. I'm looking at it as a wake-up call."

Mount Mat Madness

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When: Friday and Saturday

Time: Friday — Session I: 12:30 p.m.; Saturday — Session II: 8:30 a.m. (quarterfinals), noon (semifinals); Session III: 5 p.m. (finals)

Where: UMBC

Cost: $10 per session; $25 for all sessions; free for children under 6

Teams: 28 schools from Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Local teams: No. 4 Archbishop Spalding, Boys' Latin, Broadneck, No. 10 Glenelg, Loyola, No. 8 Mount St. Joseph, No. 12 Reservoir, Severn, Severna Park, St. Mary's

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