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.