Zack Fowl of Aberdeen, shooting for a third successive state championship, headlines the 27 Harford entries qualified for the wrestling championships this weekend at Western Maryland College.
In the process, Fowl, a Class 2A-1A winner at 103 pounds two years ago, and a Class 4A-3A winner at 112 last year, will be after a third successive sweep of county, regional and state titles, this time at 119 pounds.
Aberdeen qualified six wrestlers for the season-ending weekend, although Fowl was the only champion.
MA Two others were regional runners-up, Frank Johnson at 130 and
Kit Doran at 140. Among Harford's 4A-3A schools -- Aberdeen, Bel Air, and C. Milton Wright -- the remaining seven qualifiers finished either third or fourth in their regional.
Brian McCarthy, a Joppatowne senior at 125 pounds, and David Schimmel, an Edgewood sophomore at 130 pounds, were the only county wrestlers to win Class 2A-1A regional titles. The two schools dominated the Region II program at Fallston, as Edgewood qualified five, and Joppatowne, four.
Aside from the unbeaten Fowl, the county spotlight will be on McCarthy and senior Minh Dang of Edgewood in what may be one of the tournament's toughest weight classes, 125 pounds. They are in opposite halves of the draw, with defending state 119-pound champ Corey Setlen of Pikesville a possible semifinal foe for Dang.
Dang won a regular-season meeting with McCarthy, they did not meet in the county, and McCarthy won the regional final.
"The loss may benefit Dang, because now he knows he has to work for what he gets," Edgewood coach Mark Zvitkovitz said yesterday.
Schimmel is probably not a true 130, but the former 119-pounder wasn't going to move Dang, second in the state last year, and, as it developed 130 was not an especially strong class.
"The regional win was a boost to his confidence and hopefully he can keep up the intensity," his coach continued.