The Glenelg wrestling team - top-to-bottom solid - was tagged as the team to beat in Howard County from the start of this season. And the No. 5 Gladiators are fine with that.
Their latest challenge came last night at upstart Marriotts Ridge, and the Gladiators made it clear from the start which team was accustomed to success and which was still getting used to the idea.
With pins from Brendon Conway (119 pounds), Brian Marcoux (130), Craig Brindza (135), Dan Bichner (140) and Tim Chase (160) leading the way, the visitors enjoyed a comfortable 43-25 win over the Mustangs.
Glenelg improved to 4-1 this season and 4-0 in the county. Marriotts Ridge, in its third varsity season, fell to 10-3.
"Marriotts Ridge is a good team, an up-and-coming program. I told the kids this is Marriotts Ridge's Super Bowl, like their playoffs, and they are going to gun for us and we might see them at regional duals, so we really make a statement now and don't think they have a shot," Glenelg coach Scott Delpo said. "I think we did that. ... We had the match won with four bouts left."
Delpo challenged his team by shuffling his lineup against the Mustangs. He bumped up Zach Gerber from 103 pounds to 112, where he earned a 9-3 decision over Kyle Marvin, and moved Marcoux from 125 to 130, where he got a third-period pin over Chris Trainer.
As for Glenelg's overall depth, Jack Borkowski earned an 11-2 major decision over Joseph Wrobel at 125 pounds in only his second varsity match. With an 8-2 lead in the final minute, Borkowski scored three back points to get the major decision and give the Gladiators an early 13-6 lead.
Marriotts Ridge got pins from Evan Peck (103), James Nies (171) and Jae Kim (215).
No. 6 John Carroll 57, Calvert Hall 12 -- The Patriots used seven pins to take down the Cardinals in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference matchup. Four straight falls by Ray Grewe, Ben Volker, Mike Webb and Matt Bodt, and 125-pound wrestler Sam Chell's double-leg takedown in overtime, helped seal the victory for host John Carroll (15-3, 4-2).