Two Cooks, two schools, similar results

The Baltimore Sun

Wes and Wyatt Cook are brothers and very much alike in terms of what they enjoy.

They both really like football.

In a few weeks it will be lacrosse season and they'll both play lacrosse.

But this is wrestling season and right now they're wrestlers for the best public and private school wrestling programs in the area this season.

Wes is a junior at No. 2 Winters Mill, and Wyatt is a freshman at No. 1 McDonogh.

You might think there is a rivalry. But they say there isn't.

"I'm proud of my brother," Wyatt said.

"The public, private thing doesn't really come up at all," said Wes. "I go to McDonogh when I can to see him in his games and he comes to my matches when he can to see me. The problem during the postseason is his state tournament was the same weekend as our county's. Then last weekend, he was at National Preps and I was at our regionals.

"It's really harder on our parents who try to see everybody's game. We have a younger brother in seventh grade and a sister in sixth and they play basketball, too. There is always something going on. Sometimes Dad spends a half day at Wyatt's matches and the second half of the day at mine. Mom will travel to McDonogh and Mount St. Joe, but usually she comes to my events in Carroll County."

The amazing thing has been how Wes' and Wyatt's seasons have mirrored each other.

No. 1 McDonogh is 19-3 and the MIAA and MIS champion. No. 2 Winters Mill is 32-0, Carroll County, 2A-1A West Region champion, state dual meet champion and about to enter the state tournament with designs on defending its 2011 title.

Wyatt, 31-15 in the 220-pound class, took second place in the MIAA and MIS tournaments and sixth at National Preps. 

Wes, 40-3 at 138, won his county and took second in regionals. He was second at state's last year and hopes to better that this weekend, "but just placing at states, where everyone is good, would be great," he said.

This weekend presents a rare opportunity for Wyatt to see Wes wrestle.

"He'll probably have lacrosse practice," We said. "But if I make it to the second day, he'll probably be able to get there for at least one of my matches."

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