Head coach: Tyrone Neal (first season).

1989-1990 record: 8-6.

Top wrestlers: Seniors, Steven Tisdale (112), Keith Trader (125), David Ley (135), Jason Braithwait (145) and Chris Boston (160); junior, Rob Burley (Hvy); sophomore, Sherrard Neal (103).

Coach's outlook: "We have a solid nucleus to build the team around.

We've got Broadneck, Annapolis and South River, but other than that, we don't have a real tough dual-meet schedule. We've got Annapolis (tonight) and I think we can challenge them or any of the teams on our schedule man-for-man. We're also in a good situation in our region. We only lost by a few points last year and I'm hoping to change that this year."

Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: Neal, a former two-time state champion at Southern who graduated in 1971, brings loads of enthusiasm and know-how to the Bulldogs' program this season. His zeal likely will rub off on the team, especially his son, Sherrard, who placed second in the regional tournament last year. Sherrard, a three-time junior league county champion, lost to the eventual state runner-up from Chopticon. Braithwait (33-2) was the county and regional champion, as well as a state runner-up. Ley (18-4) and Burley were third and fourth in the county tournament, respectively.

Each is determined to improve on last season and Neal expects the Bulldogs overall to improve. Trader placed third in the region and Boston (19-3) was doing well until he had to leave the team for personal reasons just before the postseason tournaments. The Bulldogs are stronger and more experienced overall and will challenge South River for the 3A-2A League title.

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