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Here are 10 wrestlers to watch as the high school season gets underway.

Quinn Devaney

McDonogh, 145 pounds, senior

A University of Maryland commit, Devaney has been one of the most consistent wrestlers in the state over the last few years. He won the MIAA tournament two straight seasons and last winter he placed second at the MIS tournament and sixth at National Preps. His career record is 97-33.

Jason Kraisser

Centennial, 138 pounds, sophomore

Kraisser followed his brothers Nathan and Austin, and dominated the postseason to win county, region and state titles as a 132-pound freshman. After finishing 40-3 in his first high school season, in April he won the NHSCA Freshman National Championship with five first-period pins.

Kurt McHenry

St. Paul's, 106 pounds, sophomore

McHenry won MIAA and MIS tournament titles and placed second at Beast of the East and third at National Preps last year as an undersized freshman. Ranked second in the nation at 106 pounds by InterMat and fourth by FloWrestling, McHenry showed his prowess on the national stage in September, winning the Cadet World Championships at 92.5 pounds in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Shawn Orem

Mount Saint Joseph, 132 pounds, senior

A returning MIAA and MIS tournament champion, Orem also placed in the top eight at War on the Shore, Mount Mat Madness, National Preps and Beast of the East tournaments last season. He finished 44-12 with 27 pins last season and is expected to a leader for the top-ranked Gaels.

Ethan Smith

Sparrows Point, 170 pounds, senior

Smith took the state by storm last year and finished 33-0 at Aberdeen in his first year competing in Maryland after wrestling in Pennsylvania his first two seasons. The first-team All-Metro selection and Iowa State commit placed third at FloNationals, and is ranked eighth in the country by FloWrestling and ninth by InterMat.

Chris Spano

Marriotts Ridge, 120 pounds, senior

After placing third at the 2A-1A state tournament as a sophomore, Spano became Marriotts Ridge's first-ever state champion last season and finished 43-0 to capture the 106 pound title. The returning first-team All-Metro selection won nine of his 10 postseason bouts by fall.

Dale Tiongson

St. Paul's, 160 pounds, senior

In his first year at St. Paul's after two seasons at Good Counsel, Tiongson made a huge impact for the Crusaders. He won the MIAA and MIS tournament and was one of two wrestlers in the state to reach the National Preps finals, where he lost in overtime. Tiongson, who placed eighth at FloNationals and is ranked 20th in the country by FloWrestling, will wrestle for Princeton next year.

P.J. Truntich

Archbishop Spalding, 113 pounds, sophomore

Truntich was overshadowed by McHenry for much of last season, but their battles at the MIAA, MIS and National Preps tournaments were always extremely competitive. Truntich, a Mount Mat Madness champion who finished second at the MIAA and MIS tournaments and fourth at National Preps, finished 40-4 last year and is one of the top sophomores in the state.

Joey Thomas

South Carroll, 126 pounds, senior

Thomas enters his final high school season riding a 103-match winning streak and capped his second consecutive undefeated season last winter. The University of Pittsburgh commit and five-time Fargo All-American holds a 145-4 record and needs 31 wins to break Maryland's public-school record, set by La Plata's Marty Margolis in 2015.

Jamar Williams

South Carroll, 182 pounds, senior

Williams won his second straight 2A-1A state championship last year and finished 53-1 to help the Cavaliers win their third straight state tournament title. The two-time first-team All-Metro selection and NHSCA All-American is also a star on the gridiron, as he was named Carroll County Times' football Player of the Year after rushing for 1,642 yards this fall.

Other notables

Braeden Alevizatos, Gilman

Daiquan Anderson, Oakland Mills

Jacob Brummett, Gilman

Travis Crawford, South Carroll

Robert Doetsch, Dundalk

Kyle Farace, Oakland Mills

Seth Fillers, Mount Saint Joseph

Nathan Gainey, Arundel

Ryan Garretson, Archbishop Spalding

Wyatt Graham, C. Milton Wright

Camryn Grindle, Perry Hall

Nick Goray, Archbishop Spalding

Justin Henry, Mount Saint Joseph

David Hollingsworth, Owings Mills

Ray Kable, McDonogh

Noah Kalishman, St. Paul's

Josh Laubach, Archbishop Curley

Alex LaVeck, McDonogh

Karl Lindsey, McDonogh

Brent Lorin, Bel Air

Caden Mareno, McDonogh

PJ Mustipher, McDonogh

Ariq Nixon, Edgewood

Jack Parr, St. Paul's

Jorden Pryor, Dunbar

Dominick Reyes, Loyola Blakefield

Alex Rounceville, Southern

Johnny Rynn, Oakland Mills

Vinnie Shaffer, Archbishop Curley

David Schultz, Mount Saint Joseph

Neil Schuster, Mount Saint Joseph

Jared Thomas, Glenelg

John Urban, St. Paul's

Brendan Woody, South River

Eugene Zacerous, Perryville

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