When a wrestling regional dual-meet tournament director uses the word “dizzying” in trying to figure out which teams are going to be involved, it’s safe to assume there are plenty of scenarios in place to determine the four teams competing next week.
That’s how John Lowe, Winters Mill coach and supervisor of the 2A West standings, described the scene Friday afternoon. With Saturday being the final play date for regional duals seeding, and two of the four spots up for grabs with a few matches remaining, several teams are still in the mix to qualify this weekend.
The top four teams in each region advance based on a power rating — teams get eight point for every official Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association victory, and the total is divided by the number of matches wrestled to get the average.
Damascus (12-0, 8.0 average) and Williamsport (11-1, 7.33) are the top two teams, and appear locked in as the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds. Winters Mill, Middletown, South Carroll, and Liberty are next, and all four are 10-3 (6.15 average). Poolesville is next at 9-3 (6.0).
Damascus and Poolesville are set to meet in a tri-meet Saturday with Magruder, so a Hornets win over Poolesville would take the Falcons out of the hunt.
The winner of Saturday night’s clash between Winters Mill (13-7 overall) and South Carroll (14-7) not only earns the Carroll County Athletic League title, but also snags a spot in the 2A West duals.
Middletown can get into the semifinals with a win Saturday over Urbana. Liberty defeated the Knights on Jan. 21, but Lowe said the Lions are behind other teams in terms of tiebreaker criteria should there be a logjam of 11-3 records.
Should Middletown and Liberty both lose, and Poolesvile goes 1-1 in its tri-meet, more tiebreakers will be needed to sort out the four-loss squads.
Damascus will host the 2A West tourney Feb. 6 — the top seed wrestles No. 4 in one semifinal at 5:30 p.m., and No. 2 meets No. 3 in the other simultaneous match. The winners square off after that to determine the region champion.
Carroll County has one team already planning for a regional dual-meet tournament.
Manchester Valley is back in the 3A West tourney thanks to its win Thursday night over Franklin. Dave Dodson, MV coach and the 3A West director, said the Mavericks (9-5, 5.14) will be the No. 3 seed.
Linganore (13-0, 8.0) looks to be the No. 1 seed, and Tuscarora (12-1, 7.38) the No. 2 seed. Magruder (7-4, 5.09) and South Hagerstown (7-6, 4.31) are battling for the final spot, Dodson said.
A cheery start to your Saturday
The annual Carroll County winter cheerleading competition is set for Feb. 2 at Westminster High School beginning at 10 a.m.
Francis Scott Key, Man Valley, South Carroll, and Westminster have varsity squads preparing to compete. There’s a junior varsity competition as well.
Westminster won the winter county title last year by edging FSK in the scoring, 115.5-107.65. South Carroll was third (103.65) and Manchester Valley fourth (98.2).
The Owls’ cheer team won the fall competition back in October after their routine earned a score of 118. Liberty was second with 111.6.
Teams go through their choreographed routines and are judged on everything from stunt work, pyramid formation, tosses, and dance and cheer technique.
West meets on track for county indoor teams
Five of Carroll’s high school indoor track programs are scheduled to be in action Saturday at Hagerstown Community College for regional meets.
Francis Scott Key will compete in the 1A West meet, while Century, Liberty, South Carroll, and Winters Mill are in the field for 2A West. Events begin at 2 p.m.
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Century’s boys and South Carroll’s girls each won regional crowns in 2018. FSK’s girls were second in the region last year, and its boys placed third.