Randallstown coach Jeff Lang- rehr began the season with big plans -- for starting a family and toughening up his extended family, his Rams wrestling team.
The first was accomplished when his wife, Chris, gave birth to a daughter, Megan Elaine, on Jan. 5. And with his Rams' runner-up finish in the 4A-3A state tournament, Langrehr, with help from co-coach Erik Cohen, 25, accomplished the second.
Dundalk coach Bob Hutsler, The Baltimore Sun's 1992-93 Baltimore County co-Coach of the Year along with the Langrehr/Cohen team, also accomplished his goal of surpassing last year's 10-3 record.
His Owls (12-1, 9-1) shared the Class 4A-3A county crown with the Rams (10-3, 9-1), who edged Dundalk, 34-28, in their dual meet.
"I wanted to at least win one more match than last year," said Hutsler.
"With Rick [Staab, 145] and Joe Marshall , we had two strong team leaders in practice," added Hutsler. "We made a lot of progress this year."
Among the Owls' successes were runner-up finishes in the Hereford, Loch Raven and Arundel tournaments. For the first time in Hutsler's tenure, Dundalk placed its highest (third) in the county tournament and beat Perry Hall, 51-19.
Randallstown, which began the season ranked No. 4 and dropped as low as No. 10, took its lumps in a tougher schedule that included the highly competitive, season-opening Annapolis Tournament.
Langrehr and Cohen watched star wrestlers Johnny Montgomery (145) and Kent Morrison (160) lose early to McDonough's Chris Hawkins and Old Mill's Marc Procaccini, respectively.
And after lopsided dual-meet losses to Delaware state champ St. Mark's, and to Hanover (Pa.), the Grodnitzky twins, Brandon (125) and Justin (135), were ready to quit. The team's confidence dipped even lower after an upset loss to Woodlawn.
The early losses paid off.
Javin Rudolph (140) battled from the seventh seed to take the county tournament crown. Morrison dethroned Procaccini to win the 4A-3A state crown and also beat Hereford's Jesse Channell, last year's 2A-1A champ, for the county title. Montgomery easily captured his second state title, Justin joined Montgomery as a state champ, and Brandon was a state runner-up.