Zack Fowl came within moments of completing a three-year sweep of county, region and state wrestling championships, but his 5-3 final-match loss to Steve Barwick at the state championships in no way detracted from his selection as The Baltimore Sun's Harford County Wrestler of the Year.
An Aberdeen High senior, Fowl finished a four-year career (116-11) by rolling up a 31-0 record going into the state final.
Over the three years, his record was 94-4, and he did not lose to a Harford County wrestler after his freshman year.
A two-time state champion (103 as a sophomore and 119 as a junior) and a two-time All-Metro choice, Fowl lost only once in each of the past two seasons.
The first team at a glance
103 -- Dave Schmidt, C. Milton Wright -- Schmidt (22-5), who moved here from Indiana last year, sailed through the county unbeaten and won the the county title, but didn't advance out of the Class 4A-3A regional tournament.
112 -- Brandon Moore, North Harford -- Moore (26-5) got through the county undefeated, then lost the Class 2A-1A regional final in the last 25 seconds. He lost to eventual champion Marty Kusick at the state tournament and did not reach the consolation finals.
125 -- Minh Dang, Edgewood -- The county champion at 119 and state runner-up at 125 last year, Dang (27-5) repeated as county champion, lost to Brian McCarthy in the 2A-1A regional final, then finished fourth in the state. His 27 wins were one shy of the one-season school record set by Brian Rose (1984). He plays on the tennis team in the spring.
125-130 -- Brian McCarthy, Joppatowne -- The only county wrestler to reach the Class 2A-1A finals, he lost a controversial 6-4 overtime title match to Cory Setlen of Pikesville, a wrestler he had beaten, 13-1, in a regional semifinal. McCarthy (29-5) was the regional champion, avenging a regular-season loss to Dang. He was a member of the Mariners' soccer team.
130 -- Frank Johnson, Aberdeen -- Johnson upset the top-seeded McCarthy (one of only two No. 1 seeds to lose) in the county tournament, then was pinned in the 4A-3A regional final.
130 -- David Schimmel, Edgewood -- Schimmel (27-4) placed third in the county meet, bounced back with a 2A-1A regional title. He didn't place in the state meet. He joins Dang on the school tennis team.
135 -- Anthony Pasko, Bel Air -- The county champion at 135, Pasko (22-4) dropped down to 125 for the regional and states, placing third in the 4A-3A region, and going unplaced in the states. He was a member of the school soccer team.
140 -- Kit Doran, Aberdeen -- Doran (24-5) was the only champion to win three county-tournament bouts by pins. He placed fourth in the 4A-3A regional and didn't place in the states. Last fall, he was a member of the Eagles' football team.
145 -- Kevin Barnaba, Fallston -- Barnaba, who had to come back from a broken collarbone of a year ago, was rusty in the early part of the season, then came on strongly. He won a county title and finished second in the 2A-1A region, before losing at the states. He finished 23-7, after absorbing four losses in the first two weeks of the season.
152 -- Chad Gurrera, Aberdeen -- Gurrera (26-3) won a county championship, placed third in the 4A-3A regional, then failed to place in the states. He also played soccer for the Eagles.
152 -- Max Dodd, Fallston -- Dodd (20-6) lost only to Gurrera among county foes and finished second to him in the county meet. He was also second in the 2A-1A regional, but didn't place at the state meet.
160 -- Jason Snyder, Harford Tech -- Snyder (28-4) won the Bel Air and Edgewood tournaments, then took the county title as a second seed. In the 2A-1A regional No. 2 seed Jesse Channell of Hereford upset the top-seeded Snyder in the final, 18-9. He didn't place at the state meet. He also played varsity boys volleyball.
171 -- Tim Beach, Edgewood -- Beach (25-4) won the John Carroll, Edgewood and county tournaments, then lost in the 2A-1A regional final to eventual state champion Grant Johnson of Owings Mills. He's also All-County in lacrosse.
189 -- Chris Allen, Aberdeen -- Allen (22-6) earned a county titlethen went out in the 4A-3A regional consolations and did not qualify for the state meet. Last fall, he played varsity football.
Heavyweight -- Aaron Wanless, Aberdeen -- Wanless (30-3) won the county championship, then lost once in each of the regional and state tournaments. He came back to get third both times. It was his third successive appearance at the state level.