Harford County wrestling preview

Randy McRoberts
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Harford County high school wrestling teams have been on the mats for a few weeks, getting in shape for the new season. The county has some strong wrestlers that should lead to an exciting season. See the teams below.

Aberdeen

Aberdeen coach Kyle Brown did not provide information for this article.

Bel Air

Head coach: Craig Reddish (26th season)

2017-18 record: 31-1

Top returning wrestlers: Trevor Lorin (106/113), Sophomore; Troy Dureza (113), Senior; Brent Lorin (120), Senior; Sincere Montgomery (126), Senior; Shy-Ello Mosley (132), Senior; Jacob Reed (138), Senior; Grant Cole (145), Senior; Dave Abboud (152/160), Senior; Noah Beyers (182), Senior; Jerritt Stencil (195), Senior; Jack Brink (220), Senior

Key new wrestlers: Kyle Heidel (106), Sophomore; Ethan Vogel (106), Senior; Matt Conroy (160/170), Freshman; Derek Freund (182), Senior; Damanveer Aulahh (285), Senior

Outlook: Bel Air has won the conference the past five years and should be in the top of the mix to defend its title. “The young up-incoming CMW squad is prime to knock us off,” Bobcats coach Reddish said. “They have lots of talent but not much depth. They have a couple transfers from JC and Aberdeen to mix in with their talented returners. Should be a two team race and the rest fighting for third.” This year’s Bel Air team is senior heavy with plenty of depth. Getting all wrestlers at the right weight classes will be the focus. “Our goals are the same every year; to win the conference, qualify for the state duals and make a strong showing at the state tournament,” Reddish said. “The team is a hard working group that is very cohesive. Should be an exciting year.”

C. Milton Wright

Head coach: John Thornton (Third season)

2017-18 record: 16-7

Top returning wrestlers: James Riveira (120), Sophomore; Jake Blanchard (138), Senior; Will Tinney (170), Junior; Sawyer Sturla (285), Senior

Key new wrestlers: Demetrios Gourgoulianis (106), Freshman; Constantinos Gourgoulianis (113), Sophomore; Juan Ortega (126), Sophomore; Sam Myers (145), Freshman

Outlook: “We were 11-3 (regular season) last year and finished second in region duals behind Be Air,” Mustangs coach Thornton said. “We return three state placers, plus three incoming freshman who placed at Junior states last year, and several other returning starters who won 20+ matches. CMW is a young but talented team that will challenge Bel Air for UCBAC and 3A North titles again. Last year CMW was the first Harford County team with multiple state champs in 25-plus years. Strong chance to do it again with Riveira, Constantinos Gourgoulianis and Sturla all title contenders.

Edgewood

Head coach: Ken Ewers (Second season)

2017-18 record: 6-8

Top returning wrestlers: Daviyon Johnson (285), Senior; Kyle Brown (138), Junior; Trae Hughes (145), Sophomore

Key new wrestlers: Jonathan Booker (106), Freshman; Matt Oliver (113), Freshman; Eric McCloud (120), Freshman

Outlook: “We are looking to build off our season last year and continue to improve as a team. We have a good balance of returning wrestlers, wrestlers with rec experience and also some who are brand new, which provides us with a lot of room to grow,” Rams coach Ewers said. “This team has great leadership and I think that will carry on to success on the mat this year.”

Fallston

Head coach: Kevin Medicus (Fifth season)

2017-18 record: 8-23

Top returning wrestlers: Logan Mullaney (126), Junior; Christian Wilson (170), Senior

Key new wrestlers: N/A

Outlook: The Cougars are a team with only two wrestlers that have multiple years of experience. “However, many of our returners did off-season wrestling with Storm Club Wrestling,” Cougars coach Medicus said. “We hope to continue to get better everyday and surprise some teams along the way.”

Harford Tech

Head coach: Ja'Juan Burrell (Third season)

2017-18 record: 17-14

Top returning wrestlers: Jared Pomfrey (170), Senior; Nick Warner (182), Junior; Kyle Haviland (195), Senior

Key new wrestlers: Sam Grabia (152), Junior; Hayden Barrow (113), Sophomore; Kelvin Mendez (145), Freshman

Outlook: Team looks to build off a successful year where seven wrestlers qualified for the regional championships. “We will continue to work hard and look for the leadership of our upperclassmen to help lift us into contention for regional duals,” Cobras coach Burrell said.

Havre de Grace

Head coach: Joshua Foy (Ninth season)

2017-18 record: 9-4

Top returning wrestlers: Jesse Fenner (285), Senior; Quintin Bushyager (170), Senior; Chris Boyd (182), Senior; Gavin Lloyd (138), Sophomore; Michael Sweigart (145), Sophomore

Key new wrestlers: Ayden Boyd (106), Freshman; Michael Dickens (152), Freshman

Outlook: “We are looking to build on last year’s qualification to the regional dual meet,” Warriors coach Foy said. “We look to be strong in multiple weight classes and are hopeful to send more wrestlers to the state tournament.”

John Carroll

Head coach: Mike Mazza (Third season)

2017-18 record: 13-8

Top returning wrestlers: Cole Jones (126), Junior; Matt Mitrega (132), Junior; CJ Polesovsky (152), Junior; Julianne Moccia (106), Sophomore

Key new wrestlers: Logan Trombley (145), Freshman; Sam Smith (160), Freshman

Outlook: “We are looking forward to a great season. We are led by our three team captains; Jones, Mitrega, and Polesovsky. We hope to have 5-6 wrestlers place at the state tourney and get one or two All-Americans at National Preps this year at Lehigh,” Patriots coach Mazza said.

Joppatowne

Joppatowne coach Brian McCarthy did not provide information for this article.

North Harford

North Harford coach Rob Knox did not provide information for this article.

Patterson Mill

Head coach: Ryan Arist (11th season)

2017-18 record: 20-8

Top returning wrestlers: Kyle Pulket (113), Sophomore; Tony Athanasiou (120), Sophomore; Isaac Leighton (126), Senior; Ethan Harvey (132), Senior; Jae-Hoon Choi (138), Junior; Kevin Le (152), Senior; Connor Morton (195), Junior

Key new wrestlers: Matt Williams (145), Senior; Eric Neutzling (170), Junior; Jack Brown (182), Junior; Will Gileza (215), Senior; Mason Sprinkel (285), Senior

Outlook: “We have a hard working group who is trying to learn and be competitive in the UCBAC’s upper division,” Huskies coach Arist said. “It's going to be the culmination of returners and new wrestlers that will determine how far this team can go. We are relying on a small group of returners to carry the team and provide leadership to the program.”

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