By winning the Class 4A/3A state title Saturday at Western MarylandCollege, Old Mill not only joined an elite class of three-time statechampion teams, but the Patriots kept the title in Anne Arundel County for the fourth straight year.
Other than the Patriots, who wererunners-up to champion Broadneck in 1988, only Aberdeen and Beall High school -- both Class 2A/1A -- had ever accomplished the feat.
Beall shared its first title in 1982 and Aberdeen was the first team to win three straight titles outright.
Old Mill, which competed in a 62-team field, is the first Class 4A/3A school to do it. The Patriots also scored a tournament-record 130.5 points, breaking the old record -- 113 -- set by Bowie in 1980.
Southern (82 points) was a surprise runner-up to Class 2A/1A champion Owings Mills in a 70-team field. It is the highest any Bulldogs' squad has finished in the school's history. They finished fourth last year.
Between the Class 4A/3A and Class 2A/1A, 42 county grapplers qualified with 20 finishing in the top four of their weight classes, 12 finalists and six individual champions.
NOTE: SEE MAIN STORY (OLD MILL WRESTLERS CLAIM 3A/4ASTATE TITLE)