WESTMINSTER -- Owings Mills advanced 10 of 11 wrestlers past the state 3A-4A quarterfinals and six into the semifinals yesterday at Western Maryland College.
Two-time state champion Old Mill and North Carroll are tied in the 1A-2A tournament heading into today's semifinals and finals.
Owings Mills goes into the second day with 10 wrestlers, including Gregg Kessler (31-0) at 125 pounds.
"I always set goals," said Owings Mills coach Guy Pritzker. "If we get three guys in the finals, we can win."
Owings Mills has won all five tournaments it entered this season, including a record-setting performance in the Baltimore County tournament.
Aberdeen senior Matt Slutzky is attempting to become the eighth three-time champion in tournament history. Slutzky has a 49-second pin and a technical fall in 3 minutes, 19 seconds in his first two matches.
Aberdeen has won the past three 1A-2A state tournaments, but, after losing to Owings Mills in Region II, and being more than 20 points behind after the first day, a fourth title is unlikely.
Heavyweight John Swigart of Overlea became the fourth Baltimore County wrestler to win 100 matches when he defeated Daryl Olaverson of Allegany, 7-3, in the opening round. Swigart ,, then beat Robert Burley of Southern-Harwood in the quarterfinals. Kevin Heid, also of Overlea, is a returning state champion at 112.
Old Mill still has nine wrestlers in the tournament. Brian (160) and Brent (135) Layman lead the Patriots, combining for three pins and a technical fall in their first two matches. Brian, who was third last year, is 29-0 this year and Brent, who is a returning runner-up, is 32-1.