While No. 8 Old Mill and No. 5 Chesapeake have been sharing Anne Arundel County's wrestling spotlight for most of the season, Arundel has been effectively using its time to quietly improve.
But there was nothing hush about the No. 10 Wildcats' performance last night at Old Mill.
Getting clutch pins at the lower weights and winning more than their share of the tight matches, the Wildcats came away with a well-deserved 33-31 win in Millersville, handing the Patriots their first loss.
Arundel improved to 15-3 overall and 7-2 in county dual matches, while the Patriots - coming off Friday's big 37-27 win over Chesapeake - fell to 10-1 and 9-1 in the county.
After pins from Devon Gillett (103), Ben Dincher (112) and Andrew Stiffler (125) helped provide the Wildcats with a 24-0 lead (they also got a forfeit win from Justin Bowser), the visitors got key decisions from 152-pounder Josh Hayghe and 171-pounder Greg George to give 189-pounder Brad Pendock a chance to clinch the match with a 30-19 lead going in.
He didn't disappoint, methodically besting Old Mill senior Aaron Waddell for an 8-2 decision that appropriately summed up the Wildcats' team effort.
"We came out ready and I just stuck to what I knew. I did my basic doubles, kept out of his ties and wrestled my match," Pendock said. "We knew we could win, we knew we were the team that could beat Old Mill in the county and we came out to do it."