Solomon Carr said yesterday that he has resigned as wrestling coach at Westminster High in order to spend more time with his family.
Carr, who was the Owls' head coach for four years, said he has two young children that "I need to spend some time with. I'm going to take a year off and then come back to coach somewhere else."
Carr, who guided Westminster to a 6-6 dual match record this season, said he already has received some offers from other schools for next season but he plans to stick to his one-year retirement.
"I love wrestling, but I need to take time out for my kids," he said.
Carr insisted that he was under no pressure from anybody to step down.
"The parents were great to me," he said. "I got along with them all the time. I had basically come to this decision before the season even started."
Westminster finished a disappointing fourth in the Carroll County tournament this season after battling Francis Scott Key for second the past three years.
The Owls, who were hurt by injuries, scored 71 1/2 points for fourth place. South Carroll (92 points) took third, Key (161) was second and North Carroll (169) was first.
Westminster lived in the shadows of the Panthers and the Eagles throughout the season but so did a lot of other teams in the state.
In last weekend's state Class 4A-3A wrestling tournament at Western Maryland, the Owls didn't fare as well as Carr had expected due to a surprising preliminary-round loss by highly regarded Neal Brennan at 145 pounds.
Brennan (29-4) was decisioned, 2-0, by Frederick's Matt Carroll.
Brad Schisler (135) advanced to the semifinals and Matt Warner (103)made it to the quarterfinals.