“He is so much bigger and stronger than last year and his work ethic has just gone through the roof,” Solera said. “As excited as we were for him to get on that podium last year as a second-year wrestler, he wasn’t content. He thought he should have been in the championship finals and he thought he should have been banging for a state title. The fact that he got fourth has kind of been driving him crazy.”
Kalu’s older brother and county champion, Chukwudi Kalu, placed third in the state tournament at 285 and Noah Johnson was fourth at 195, but they graduated.
Senior Edmond Harrison was sixth at the 2017 state championship meet at 220 when he posted a 27-15 record.
Harrison improved to 16-2 this season after winning with a pin against Sparrows Point and gaining a forfeit against New Town in a tri-meet on Jan. 9.
The Wolverines split the tri-meet, defeating New Town, 45-27, and losing to defending Baltimore County champion Sparrows Point, 59-15.
Sow qualified for states at 138 last season when he posted a 22-12 mark.
“He came to us as a sophomore and made it to states last year,” Solera said. “He’s just been quietly working to get back to that state competition level and then hopefully we can get him on the podium.”
Junior Martin Jacquet made it to the state tournament last season at 113 and he’s joined by his brother, sophomore Peter Jacquet, who has a 9-3 record.
Both of the brothers are from Arbutus and were products of the Gator Wrestling junior league program.
Peter Jacquet was ranked fourth in Baltimore County at 170 early in the season, but will most likely wrestle at 152.