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Archbishop Curley Friars (13-0)

Coach: Alan Gebhart

Outlook: Back for the defending MIAA champs is MIAA and state champ Darien Kess (119), MIAA champ Brian Kirhagis (130), runners-up P. J. Kirhagis (145) and Tom Boettcher (152), and Antwaun Lide (140), who was third at states like Boettcher and the Kirhagis brothers. Veterans Richard Wemple (135) and Mike Wood (125) also return.

Carver Bears (4-5)

Coach: Kama Owens

Outlook: Carver may improve on last year's record with a number of returnees. Senior Ahmad Taylor (140) should lead the team along with sophomore lightweight Anthony Spann, who won 11 matches as a freshman.

City Knights (5-6)

Coach: Bernie Lendau

Outlook: City's experience should provide the Knights with more wins than losses this season. City has eight returning seniors, led by middleweight Bryant Gram, who is healthy after seeing limited duty last year due to injuries.

Douglass Ducks (N/A)

Coach: Cordell Hunter

Outlook: Hunter is attempting to rebuild a program that has fallen apart over the past couple of years. The team will rely on underclassman, including sophomore Eddie Carey (135) and Darrell Brown (145).

Dunbar Poets (9-5)

Coach: Mike Hendricks

Outlook: Dunbar has all the weight classes filled this year after an incomplete team last season, which should translate into a few more wins. Seniors Howard Harris and Lintoine Briscoe and juniors Terry Satterfield and Antwon Jefferson will lead the Poets.

Edmondson Redskins (3-7)

Coach: Eric Woodson

Outlook: Edmondson's lack of experience could hurt, but the Redskins have double the amount of wrestlers out for the team this season than last. Look for junior Corey Robinson (130) and senior Quinn Burks (125) to provide leadership for this young team.

Forest Park Foresters (10-3)

Coach: Ray Smith

Outlook: Forest Park will be competitive again with the return of juniors Anton Carr (140) and Author Minor (160). Minor should once again compete for a Class 4A state title after placing fourth last season.

Friends Quakers (4-13)

Coach: Tom Lamonica

Outlook: Other than Ryan Anderson (140), Tim Camphaus (119) and Dan Hayden (189), it looks like a lean year for the Quakers, who have 13 wrestlers out. Hayden and Camphaus were one bout from placing at MIAAs.

Gilman Greyhounds (10-5)

Coach: John Xanders

Outlook: Longtime assistant Xanders takes over for Mark Harbold, who stepped down last season. National Preps champ Mike Faust (heavyweight), also a two-time state champ, and MIAA runner-up Tyrone Bowie (130), who was third at states, lead the way. Franco Gould (152) was fourth at MIAAs.

Lake Clifton Lakers (8-4)

Coach: Larry Brown

Outlook: Lake Clifton should improve on last season's record and compete for the Division II title. Senior city champions Gary Barclay and Charles Fauckner along with Clifton Bowers and junior Terry Hobson will be the workhorses for the Lakers.

Mervo Mustangs (10-2)

Coach: Dwight Warren

Outlook: Mervo will again compete for the city championship with a team that is intact from last season. Seniors Tavon Williams, Robert Poole, Sean Brown, Rashad Vance and juniors Jermaine Justice and Robert Boyd should compete for city titles.

Mount St. Joseph Gaels (13-5-1)

Coach: Brian Murphy

Outlook: Look out, Curley, the Gaels are loaded. National Cadet champ Ryan Herwig (140) returns. State champ Joey Sargent (160) transferred from DeMatha. Steve Lanciotti (130) and Jake Keyes (171) finished third at states. Adding depth are state place-winners Alex Kocay (125) and Steve Winter (119), veteran Devin Nash (112) and former junior league place-winners Tim Bowman (103), Aaron Herwig (130) and Sam Lewnes (145).

Northern Vikings (N/A)

Coach: Allen Holmes

Outlook: Northern will also struggle to be .500 with a team that includes three sophomores and the rest freshman. Tobias Johnson (112) and Mark Torain (119) are the only returnees from last year.

Patterson Clippers (13-6)

Coach: Troy Stevenson

Outlook: Patterson is in a good position to win its fourth straight city championship, losing only one wrestler from last season's squad. City champs Richard Johnson, Paul Eline, Matt Belcastro and Kennard Wheeler will return to lead a deep Clippers team.

Poly Engineers (10-5)

Coach: Wavie Gibson

Outlook: Poly will have to find a way to replace six graduates, including heavyweight Dennis Scott, who was the first city wrestler to win a state championship. The Poets will rely on their depth, with 16 experienced wrestlers, including juniors Keith Eure, Andy Posil and Zachary Barnes.

Southwestern Sabers (6-5)

Coach: Fred Bullock

Outlook: Southwestern will be hard-pressed to finish around .500 this year after losing most of last year's team. Senior heavyweight Chris Williams will lead the Sabers, who will rely on freshman with little wrestling experience.

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