While Brendon Colbert was a first-year varsity wrestler this season, the North Hagerstown freshman was anything but new to the sport.

“I trained my whole life to get to this moment — my high school career,” said the former junior league star.

So far, so good.

In his first season with the Hubs, Colbert went 35-2, leading Washington County in victories and winning percentage (.946). He also was the county’s top finisher at the Maryland state tournament, placing second in the 112-pound weight class in Class 2A-1A.

Colbert is The Herald-Mail’s 2010-11 Washington County Wrestler of the Year.

“I’m real happy with how the season went,” he said. “I just want to come back next year and try to go undefeated.”

Colbert won his first 18 bouts this season before falling 7-4 to Catoctin senior Jon Sweeney in the Hub Cup finals. He responded to that loss with 17 straight wins, including two over Sweeney — a 4-0 shutout in a dual meet, followed by a 12-9 decision in the West region finals.

“After that loss to Sweeney at the Hub Cup, he was just really focused and motivated from that point on,” North coach Greg Slick said. “When he turned around and beat him 4-0 two weeks later, that put the spur in him even more. His goal wasn’t just to get to the state tournament, he wanted to win. ... It was a fun ride.”

After knocking off a who’s-who list of upperclassmen at states to reach the final, Colbert fell 4-0 in the title bout to Oakland Mills junior Tony Farace, who became a three-time state champion. Sweeney finished third.

If Colbert reaches the top of the podium next season, it will be in Class 4A-3A, as North is set to move up a classification from 2A to 3A next school year.

“Anybody I lose to I’d like to wrestle again,” Colbert said. “It’s a little disappointing to know that I probably won’t be able to get revenge on that loss (to Farace).”

Still, few county athletes seemingly have brighter futures. Credit that to Colbert’s past.

“Brendon came to us very well trained, just a big arsenal of offense,” Slick said. “He seems to be on the attack all the time. ... And he’s not only one of the most talented kids I’ve ever had, he’s got a great attitude and he’s not afraid to work hard. But there’s not been much I’ve been able to do teaching-wise because he’s pretty squared away with the things he does on the mat.”

Perhaps it’s off the mat where Slick has been most influential.

“Coach Slick has helped me a lot mentally,” Colbert said. “He helped keep me focused. That was a big plus this year.”

Joining Colbert on the all-county first team are:

Bobby Ardinger, Williamsport, 135

The senior was a Hub Cup finalist and a county champ.

Season: 25-10; Career: 76-48