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The first team at a glance WRESTLING


103 -- Gino Amasia, Soph., Calvert Hall (29-5) -- A muscular, quick-moving technician, Amasia opened the season with a fourth-place finish at Curley and a runner-up finish at Annapolis. He began building momentum by winning the Herndon (Va.) tournament before taking the Maryland Scholastic Association title.

119 -- Gary Harris, Jr., Milford Mill (30-0) -- After going 31-1 as last year's state runner-up, Harris went unbeaten with his second straight county and regional titles, followed by the 2A-1A state crown. He wrestled at 112 for the counties before going to 119 for the regions and states.

119 -- Wayne Gast, Sr., Eastern Vo-Tech (29-4) -- Gast didn't improve on last year's state runner-up finish at 103, but he did win his first county crown after being second last year. He also won another regional crown.

125 -- Brandon Grodnitzky, Sr., Randallstown, (28-7) -- Grodnitzky finished third in the county before mounting a seven-match winning streak that included a regional title and a state runner-up finish, which helped Randallstown place second to Old Mill.

125 -- Jimmy Hudson, Soph., Franklin, (26-5) -- Hudson, wrestling in the shadows of his brother, won a county title before finishing fourth in the Region I tournament. He led his first-round bout against Chesapeake's regional champ Ron Alexander before losing to the eventual third-place winner.

130 -- Jerry Hudson, Sr., Franklin (30-2) -- For the second straight year, Hudson earned the county crown with a pin of Cory Setlen, who won his second straight 2A-1A state title. Hudson won his second straight regional crown but had the flu in the state tournament.

135 -- Gregg Kessler, Sr., Owings Mills, (37-0) -- With 171-pound teammate Grant Johnson, Kessler became the first in the county to win three straight state titles. He had 21 pins and five technical falls in winning his third county and fourth region titles.

135 -- Brendan James, Sr., Calvert Hall, (33-3) -- James won his second straight MSA crown and was a runner-up in the National Prep tournament. He was first in the Maryland Invitational tournament at Curley and twice avenged a loss to Mount St. Joseph's Paul Scott.

135 -- Justin Grodnitzky, Sr., Randallstown, (28-8) -- Grodnitzky rebounded from county and regional runner-up finishes to win the state tournament crown, 8-7, over Bowie's previously unbeaten Dwight Cooke (19-1).

140 -- Greg Smith, Sr., Loyola, (37-4) -- Smith dethroned Mount St. Joseph's Joe Aiosa in the title bout of the MSA tournament and was 31-2 heading into the National Prep tournament. He also beat Wheaton's state runner-up, Giscard Grant.

140 -- Shawn King, Sr., Calvert Hall, (29-6) -- King, although finishing third in the MSAs, had two victories over Smith -- one for the title in the Maryland Invitational at Curley, and another by pin en route to a sixth-place finish in the National Prep tournament. He was a runner-up in the season-opening Annapolis tournament.

145 -- Rick Staab, Sr., Dundalk, (31-2) -- Staab, last year's 140-pound state champ, won his second county crown before finishing second in the region -- his first loss of the season -- to Randallstown's Johnny Montgomery. A shoulder injury prematurely ended Staab's season in the 4A-3A state tournament after a 3-2 win over Southwestern's regional champ Keir Hicks.

152 -- Johnny Montgomery, Sr., Randallstown, (35-1) -- Montgomery won his second straight county, region and state ** tournament crowns, beating McDonough's Damon Newsome in the title bout for the second straight year -- this time by a pin in 1:40.

160 -- Kent Morrison, Sr., Randallstown (34-3) -- Morrison had more than 20 pins en route to capturing the county, region and state titles, upsetting last year's 2A-1A champ, Jesse Channell (Hereford), and the 4A-3A champ, Marc Procaccini (Old Mill), along the way. He also had a win over this year's 2A-1A champ, Al Grunder (Northeast).

160 -- Jesse Channell, Sr., Hereford, (23-3) -- Channell, last year's 2A-1A state champ, had a defensive style that caused problems for most of his opponents. He finished second in the county, first in the region and fourth in the state meet.

189 -- Ed Overton, Sr., Owings Mills, (34-2) -- Overton improved to become one of the area's most productive wrestlers (20 pins), winning the county and regional crowns and placing fourth in the state tournament.

189 -- Dave Daniecki, Sr., Loyola, (36-3) -- Daniecki had a 1-0 win over Overton, victories over Wilde Lake's three-time county champ, Nate Casella, and another over Arundel's state champ, Gregg Booth. Daniecki won his second straight MSA title and was a National Prep runner-up for the second straight year.

Heavyweight -- Wayde Ezell, Sr., Pikesville, (34-3) -- The 275-pound Ezell, the county and regional champ, eclipsed the school's single-season win total and bettered last year's finish (fourth) by placing third in the state. He twice beat Woodlawn's Darrell Mance.

Heavyweight -- Darrell Mance, Jr., Woodlawn, (33-3) -- Mance, a 220-pounder, used his takedown-oriented style to ward off opponents en route to becoming his school's first state champ.

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