Wrestlers recognized as postseason looms

It's wrestling's postseason time, and a slew of county grapplers are being recognized by the Maryland State Wrestling Association for their efforts this season.

Each week, the MSWA puts together the top 25 wrestlers in each weight class and then breaks them down into classifications. The best teams in the state are ranked by overall, dual-meet and tournament performance as well.

Winters Mill, which was undefeated going into Thursday's regional duals tourney, is fourth overall in this week's MSWA rankings. The Falcons are the top public school team in the poll.

WM is ranked fourth in dual meets and sixth in tournaments. Century is 19th in duals while Liberty, North Carroll and South Carroll received honorable mention. Century, Liberty, NC and SC are honorable mention in tournaments.

Carroll has 42 wrestlers combined in the MSWA's overall rankings. Here's a breakdown of the county kids by weight class:

At 106 pounds, Winters Mill's Flavio Valdez is 11th and North Carroll's Owen Rill is honorable mention. WM's Taylor Logue is seventh at 113, with Century's Ethan Smolley and Manchester Valley's Chris McAleer are honorable mention.

Liberty's Ryan Craig recently returned to the lineup and finds himself ranked 19th at 120. Teammate Joe Kuegler is 24th at 126 and MV's Colby Janowitz is 22nd.

The county has four ranked wrestlers at 132 - WM's Gunner Cullison is seventh, Liberty's Casey Shea is eighth, Century's Wes Dantzler is 14th and South Carroll's Collin Plumley is 15th. Winters Mill's Wes Cook is sixth at 138, followed by Century's Kyle Tye (10th) and SC's Sam Willingham (honorable mention).

Five Carroll grapplers are ranked at 145: Century's Logan Ryder (seventh), WM's Cody Sharkey (eighth), North Carroll's Kyle Michael (17th), Liberty's Frank Coughlin (HM) and SC's Wade Slatniske (HM).

SC's Alec Stavish is 12th at 152 while Liberty's Luke Yox is 16th and NC's Billy Fritz is honorable mention. Winters Mill's Chase Cullison is 12th at 160, followed by SC's Jake Pooton and NC's Greg Dell (tied for 24th).

The county has six ranked wrestlers at 170 - SC's Willie Reiter (tied for seventh), WM's Marshal Chang (12th), NC's Eddie Merrill and Liberty's Tony Craig (tied for 17th), Francis Scott Key's Chris Alder (HM) and Century's Nick Dantzler (HM).

SC's Steven Schmitz is ranked ninth at 182 and WM's Allen Corbin is honorable mention. NC's Keegan Farley is 21st at 195 with Liberty's Garrett Lewis and WM's Ryan Hightower as honorable mention.

Century's Brandon Antrobus is seventh at 220 while FSK's Ben Peters and Winters Mill's Brandon Burndley are tied for 14th.

Century's Ryder Cavey is 10th at 285 with WM's Jake Utz and Liberty's Tony Bassani honorable mention.

For a complete look at the rankings, go online to

CENTURY FORFEITS: Century's wrestling team has to forfeit its win over Francis Scott Key from Jan. 19 because the Knights used a wrestler at an improper weight class, athletic director Randy Pentz said.

Pentz said the wrestler wasn't certified at the correct weight class when he competed in the dual meet against FSK. Once the infraction was discovered, Pentz said he and Century coach Dennis Frazier met with Jim Rodriguez, the county's supervisor of athletics, before Rodriguez made a ruling.

"They just didn't check the sheet," Pentz said. "A mistake was made, and we went through the proper procedure. That's the bottom line."

HURD SIGNS: Manchester Valley senior Erika Hurd recently signed a letter of intent with the University of Cincinnati and plans to be on the women's track and field team. Hurd is a five-time state champion between indoor and outdoor track, four of which are high jump titles.