By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun
12:01 AM EST, December 3, 2011
Archbishop Curley, 160 pounds, pound, senior
A state runner-up last winter, Brigman started his high school career as a freshman with a sub-.500 record. But hard work led him to a 44-14 record last season. This year, he is expected to challenge for the title again.
Oakland Mills, 120 pounds, senior
Only four Maryland high school wrestlers have ever won four state titles, and Farace could join them. The three-time state champion has been ferocious on the mat, striving to dominate opponents. He went 42-0 last season, is 124-4 for his career and is called a "cradle machine" for his ability to use the cradle position to pin opponents.
St. Paul's, 152 pounds, senior
After an upset loss in the Maryland Independent Schools state finals, the three-time All-American pushed himself to a second-place finish at National Preps. This season, he will be out to improve on his 144-16 career record and claim his third MIAA title, a second state title and his first national crown.
Broadneck, 120 pounds, pound, freshman
The son of Broadneck's coach, Harrell has been wrestling since he was 6. He's a Junior Olympian and has his eyes set on a state championship — this year. With his father coaching and his brother Collin a senior on the team, he knows what it takes to win.
North County, 220 pounds, senior
The powerful Hyde is also unusually quick for an upper-weight wrestler. He has 79 career wins after going 35-4 last season and finishing runner-up at states. Hyde had 19 pins last season, doubling the combined total of his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Centennial, 126 pounds,
Kraisser also has a chance to become a rare four-time Maryland state champ. He has a 63-match winning streak and with 116 career wins is closing in on the school record (126). He went 41-0 last season, is ranked fifth nationally by multiple wrestling publications and has signed to wrestle at North Carolina.
Carver A&T, 113 pounds, junior
With 64 wins already in the books, Pellerito could reach 100 this season, which would be a school first. He is a technically oriented wrestler who displays a broad range of skills as he works as a counterpuncher to his opponents. Pellerito is a two-time state qualifier who went 32-6 last year.
Chesapeake-AA, 145 pounds, senior
Quick and slick, Rice is known for his unorthodox style and fast tilts of his opponent from the top position to score points. He won the state title at 135 last year and had 23 pins and 10 technical falls in compiling a 39-2 record. Rice goes into this season with 111 wins.
Mount St. Joseph, 170 pounds, senior
Fast and strong, Rill will be going for his third MIS state title. He is a two-time National Prep Tournament placer who came in a career-best third last season. Rill finished the season with a 39-8 record, despite being slowed by a concussion in the early part of the season. He is 115-33 for his career.
Archbishop Spalding, 145 pounds, senior
Switzer likes to capitalize on opponents' mistakes, and he does it well. Last season he compiled a 55-4 record, and overall he's 149-20. Switzer won the state title last year, upsetting the No. 1 seed. This year the senior will try to repeat and then try for his first national prep title. He has committed to wrestle at Lehigh.
Ogrunseyi Alo, City
C.J. Austin, Fallston
Hudson Baumann, Centennial
Cordell Blair, North County
Dillon Brush, Harford Tech
Jack Clark, McDonogh
Shane Cockerille, Gilman
Micah Cotton, Annapolis Area Christian
Zach Cullison, Fallston
Keith Davenport, Poly
Coleman DeLude, Severn
Olivia Devine, North County
Billy Fritz, North Carroll
Jesse Garrett, Towson
Anthony Genco, Hereford
Jonathan Goodwin, Hammond
Tyler Goodwin, Arundel
Deon Hector, DuBois
Zach Hensley, Oakland Mills
Jason Hill, Digital Harbor
Shaquelle Johnson, Edmondson
Walter Johnson, Loyola
Joe Kendrick, Mount Hebron
Mason Kilcarr, Reservoir
Stephen Lloyd, Meade
Warren Mack, Owings Mills
Chris McAleer, Manchester Valley
Jeremy Morrow, Chesapeake-AA
Brad Mutchnik, St. Paul's
Alex Polonsky, Wilde Lake
George Rice, Boys' Latin
Salaman Riddel, Old Mill
C.J. Skokowski, John Carroll
Willie Sloan, Forest Park
Jeff Taylor, Bel Air
Kyle Tye, Century
Marcus Whiting, Northwestern
Sam Ziff, Severna Park
Mike Zito, C. Milton Wright
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