For Howard, success at the Quaker Invitational was as easy as one, two, three, four.
Brian Neal, Eric Paskin, Chris Poling and Frank Tortella all won championships for Howard, and the Lions were the lone team to finish with more than two titles in the tournament at Friends yesterday.
No team scores were kept in the 19-team tournament.
Howard and Eastern Technical each placed four wrestlers in the final round. Loch Raven advanced three and Bowling Brook, Dunbar, Glenelg, and Loyola each had two.
Howard went 4-for-4 in the final round, while Dunbar won twice. No one else got more than one title.
"These four have been doing a great job all year long," said Howard coach Mike Thomas. "They're hard workers and always find a way to win."
The winning started with Paskin (17-1, tied for fifth in state) at 145 pounds. He rolled over Matt Sweeney of Loch Raven, 17-5. Poling (160, fourth in state) upped his record to 15-2 with a 12-7 decision over Rex Marshall of Eastern Technical.
Tortella (189, 17-0), ranked sixth, also defeated an Eastern Technical wrestler. Tortella topped James Blankenship, 6-1, before Neal (13-3) pinned heavyweight opponent Dean Smith of Bowling Brook in 1:15.
Paskin said Howard wanted to prove that, even though it doesn't have a perfect record (4-3-2), that it can stay with the tough teams.
"We knew that they didn't keep team scores," said Paskin. "We knew if we could get some championships and some other place winners that we could [show] we could hang with the other big teams."
Dunbar showed much the same thing. Bruce Pendles (130) and Hermondoz Thompson (140) took home championships for Dunbar. Pendles (9-0, second in state) had little trouble all day, finishing it by pinning Scott Smith of Loyola at 1:50.
Thompson needed to work a little harder. He struggled a bit in the semifinal with Mike LaMonica of Friends. LaMonica held an 8-7 lead in the third period, but got caught and Thompson pinned him.
In the final, Thompson (11-1) took on Lloyd Cox of Lake Clifton (sixth in state). He fell behind, 1-0, then used a third-period escape and takedown for a 3-2 victory.
"It was tough [against Cox]," said Thompson, who usually wrestles at 145 and is ranked sixth in the state there. "I want to wrestle the best competition before I get to the state tournament."
Dunbar also got a third-place finish from Lydell Henry (152, ranked fifth). For Dunbar coach Damon Matthewsbey, the tournament gives him hope for later in the season.
"I really have a good tournament team," he said. "Possibly in the state and region [tournaments] we could do very well."
Jimmy Foster (103) of Spalding started the title round with a pin of Jimmy O'Connor of Glenelg at 1:34.
Seung Yang (112) won Loch Raven's title with a 3-2 decision over Tim Klepper of St. Mary's. Joe Catlin (119) then gave Eastern Technical its championship by rolling over Ronnie Powell of Southwestern, 9-2.
Keith Lilly of Loyola won the 125-pound title with a 9-4 decision over James Caminis of Loch Raven. Fallston's John Dodd (135) defeated Anthony Rudolph of Randallstown, 7-2.
Jeremy Lignelli (152) of Glenelg nipped Ethan Goldberg from Friends, 4-3, and Bowling Brook's Ronald Winder (171) pinned Jayson Sergotick of Eastern Technical in 10 seconds.