Last week was a busy one of upsets and reversals for county wrestlers.
Topping the list was defending 1A-2A state champion Northeast, which dethroned 10-time county champ Old Mill on Thursday.
A day earlier, however, Northeast was upset by Rising Sun in the first round of the 1A-2A East Regional dual-meet tournament.
In what may not be considered an upset, Northeast's second-ranked Steve Smiddy (140, 23-1, 12 pins) easily handled Rising Sun's two-time regional champ, Randy Jordan, 10-2.
Old Mill, the five-time 3A-4A state champion, also was upset by Frederick in Saturday's dual-meet state title bout.
In the dual-meet semifinal, however, the Patriots' sixth-ranked Don Patterson (189) hammered Northern's third-ranked Bernie Apshago (28-2) by a score of 17-5, including nine back points.
"That was the match I was waiting for since he beat me 9-2 in the Annapolis Open [last March,]" Patterson said. "When I found out we were wrestling Northern, I was really pumped up."
Until Thursday's county tournament semifinals, Chesapeake's Travis Gottlich (103, 25-3) had been unbeaten since a 4-3 loss to South River's Gene Reid on Dec. 22. Included in that streak was an 8-0 decision over Southern's Todd Inzer (20-7). But in their county tournament semifinal match, Inzer eclipsed Gottlich, 7-3, en route to the title bout, where he lost to Reid, 8-3.
Inzer's teammate, third seed Trumaine Graves (171, 28-4, 15 pins), dropped from 189 to score an upset victory, 5-1, over Broadneck's top-seeded Jake Schaeffer (28-2, 18 pins) for the county title.
"He was talking a lot of trash before the match," said Graves, "But I knew I could beat him."
Arundel senior Phil Meenan (119), the No. 3 seed in the county tournament, was eliminated from a possible third-place finish by Broadneck's Todd Betz. Meenan, ranked No. 3 in the state earlier this year, was third as a sophomore.
Switching to the Maryland Scholastic Association Tournament, Mount St. Joseph's Jake Lissau (112), a county resident, was favored to win an MSA title after being a runner-up last year. But he lost Saturday's title bout to Calvert Hall's Brian Kapp -- whom he had beaten earlier in the year.
The following are the sites and schedules for this weekend's regional wrestling tournaments:
* 3A-4A North at Randallstown, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday and resuming at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the finals slated for 5 p.m.
* 3A-4A East at Meade, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and resuming at noon Saturday, with the finals slated for approximately 7:30 p.m.
* 1A-2A West at Boonsboro, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and resuming at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the finals slated for 5 p.m.
* 1A-2A South at Lackey, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and resuming at noon Saturday, with the finals slated for 7 p.m.
* The 1A-2A North at Pikesville, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and resuming at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the finals slated for approximately 4 p.m.
* The 1A-2A East at Cecil Community College, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and resuming at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the finals slated for approximately 4:30 p.m.