* Chris Beale, Francis Scott Key, Sr., 140 -- Ranked fifth in the state at 140 entering the season, Beale is an easy wrestler for Bill Hyson to coach. He is always near his weight, which might help account for a 23-6 record last season.

* Chris Boog, North Carroll, Sr., 171 -- Boog has a way of winning big matches for the Panthers. He moved up to 189 pounds against Francis Scott Key last season and clinched a 31-24 victory over the Eagles by pinning Dale Bloom in 3:34. Boog is ranked No. 1 in the state at 189, but most likely will wrestle at 171.

* Mike Chenoweth, South Carroll, Soph., 160 -- Chenoweth is probably one of the most talked-about newcomers to the county wrestling scene. He has a lot of talent. Chenoweth is a product of the Warriors junior wrestling program, which won a state championship last season.

* Doug Dell, North Carroll, Sr., 112/119 -- North Carroll coach Dick Bauerlein said that "on any given weekend Doug Dell would have won the state championship last season." Dell was unbeaten at 30-0 before losing to Northeast's Marty Kusick in the state 2A-1A 103-pound championship bout. The fiery Dell has one more shot at a state title.

* Mike Durgin, Liberty, Sr., 160 -- Qualified for the state tournament last season after a 14-14 regular season. Durgin is a smart wrestler who uses his opponent's strengths to his advantage. He needs to win more this season to help the rebuilding Lions improve.

* Tim Hinsche, South Carroll, Sr., 145 -- Outstanding balance and hips keep Hinsche in every bout. Cavaliers coach Pete Olson said it is easy to teach Hinsche new moves because the senior can get his hips moving quickly. Now all Hinsche needs is some more victories to improve upon a 14-14 season.

* Jason Hooper, Francis Scott Key, Soph., 119 -- Hooper broke through in a big way as a freshman with 13 pins among 20 wins at 103. Now he moves up two classes and is expected to continue his winning ways with sound fundamentals, good mat sense and strong ability to finish off opponents.

* Eric Hott, North Carroll, Jr., 145 -- Hott will be remembered for a somewhat controversial 4-3 decision over Francis Scott Key's Josh Bonnette last season in a bout that turned the tide heavily in the Panthers' favor at that time. A two-point takedown by Bonnette at the buzzer first was awarded to him for an apparent 5-4 decision but later was nullified and the victory went back to Hott. But Hott (27-5) won a lot more bouts than that one and was a first-team All-Carroll County selection.

* Tommy Kiler, North Carroll, Soph., 135-140 -- Kiler was 28-2 as a freshman at 125 and that is some kind of performance for a first-year wrestler. But Kiler learned the ropes at the junior level. He has gotten stronger over the summer and is one of the slickest wrestlers on the team.

* Steve Lessard, Francis Scott Key, Jr., 125 -- Lessard is a power weightlifter who gave up a trip to San Diego to compete in a national lifting tournament last weekend because he didn't want to miss the season opener against Catoctin last Monday. Lessard is coming off a 27-4 record at 119 and is expected to score high again this season despite the move up to 125.

* Saidrick Lewis, North Carroll, Sr., 152 -- Lewis, who is completely recovered from a knee injury that slowed him last season, has all the natural ability and quickness to be a top-notch wrestler. He was 22-9 last season and has the potential to easily surpass that mark if he works a little harder, said Bauerlein.

* Eddie Morrell, Liberty, Sr., 140 -- Known as "Wild Man" around the Lions, Morrell was 15-10 last season and brings a lot of experience to a team in transition. Morrell is one of three key seniors for Liberty.

* Randy Owings, Francis Scott Key, Jr., 135 -- The Wrestler of the Year in Carroll County last season, Owings was the only state champion from this wrestling-rich county. He has added a new twist to his repertoire this season -- more talking, which makes coach Bill Hyson happy. It will be hard for Owings to top his 31-2 record at 130 last season.

* Dan Peiffer, South Carroll, Jr. 125 -- On a young team that has eight sophomores, Peiffer is a veteran who leads by example with a 20-7 record last season at 112. He was a second-team All-Carroll County choice and will need to have a big season since senior Jeff Irvine has decided not to wrestle this year* Corey Rill, North Carroll, Jr., 130 -- Another one of those highly skilled Panthers wrestlers who just keeps coming at opponents, Rill could clean up at 130 after going 19-6 at 135 as a sophomore. He was a second-team All-Carroll choice last season.

* Brian Seifert, Liberty, Jr., 112 -- Seifert will be driven this season to honor Anthony Omelio, who was scheduled to wrestle at 112 before he died in a summer car accident. An extremely close friend of Omelio, Seifert returns to action after sitting out a season.

* Steve Shepherd, Westminster, Sr., 130 -- He has been very close to breaking through in a big way for the Owls and hopes to do so this season thanks to a good attitude and a few added moves. Shepherd is one of the few accomplished wrestlers returning for Westminster, which is rebuilding under new coach Henry Mohlhenrich.

* Joe Smith, Liberty, Fresh., 103 -- If Smith breaks through in the same big way that Maryland basketball center Joe Smith has burst on to the scene, he could clean up in the county at this weight class. Smith is quick and strong.

* Matt Warner, Westminster, Jr., 119 -- Warner joins Shepherd as the only proven wrestler for the Owls who are something of a mystery team this season. Warner went to the states last season and hopes to return with an outstanding record.

* Zac Yinger, Francis Scott Key, Jr., 145 -- Yinger moves up a weight class and shouldn't have any problems. He likes to get physical and mix it up. Coming off a 27-4 record at 140, he was a first-team All-Carroll choice.

* Phil Youssi, Liberty, Sr., 152 -- Youssi went through a lot of off-season training to prepare for his jump two classes from 140. He thrives on good techniques and strength.

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