Sean Hoffman has captained the Dulaney wrestling team alone for nearly a month and has been the Lion's top wrestler, accruing a 14-1 record.
He also surpassed the 100-win milestone and improved his four-year varsity career record to 113-34.
Hoffman, who wrestles at 160 pounds, down from 170, won a region championship last February and is a three-time Maryland State tournament qualifier. He's also played on Dulaney's baseball team for three years.
What kind of training did you do to prepare for this season?
Shortly after the state tournament, I would wake up at 5 a.m. and go to the gym and lift weights and run at Brick Bodies in Padonia six days a week. I was going to the gym during baseball season. I did it all throughout the spring and until the last week in July. Baseball practice was like my second workout. I started off the summer with the Disney Duals in July. It was a week-long tournament with 14 matches in Orlando at (ESPN's) Wide World of Sports Complex. After that I did the Navy Seal Wrestling Camp. That was brutal. I also worked for 10 days at the Virginia Tech camp.
What did you learn from the Disney Duals to help prepare for this season?
You get all these really hard-working wrestlers that want to be great. You see a lot more talent down there. Just being in that atmosphere really gives you the drive to be the best. I faced a lot of really hard competition and it gave me a better perspective on what I can do at the Maryland state level.
What is your most memorable win?
It was the regional championship match last year. I was coming off a loss in the county championship to the same kid (Kenwood's Nyonbou Farley). I lost to him by a point in counties, so going into the regional championship I knew if I got to the finals I would be going up against him again. I expected it to go all three periods or maybe even overtime. I ended up pinning him in the first period. That was really great because it kind of summed up my whole season.
What did it mean to get 100 victories?
It was really great. It was kind of a letdown last year when I only got to 99. It would have been the first time coach (Desi) McNelis had three 100-win wrestlers in one season (Dylan Ruiz and Jacob Asher each had 100 wins). If I would have won the match in the quarterfinals of states, that I was winning, it would have been my 100th and guaranteed me a sixth-place state finish. It was heartbreaking. It was kind of a burden hanging over me this year. I was just glad to get it off my shoulders and move on.
How has it felt to be sole captain?
"Everyone has been looking just at me. I have to be a leader by example and do everything right. It gives me an opportunity to work harder and make everybody else work harder. I know they will follow me. I am trying to be perfect. Trying to push the team has helped me push myself."
Why did you give up summer baseball to concentrate on wrestling?
When I got the opportunity to go to Disney Duals, that would have taken a big chunk out of my summer (Cockeysville Clippers) baseball season. I knew I had a chance to potentially wrestle in college. I couldn't do that if I just strolled into wrestling this year without any offseason training. I just wanted to focus on wrestling.
What do you do to relax after a match?
It depends on what kind of match it is. If I pin a guy in a short period of time, I just hang out with guys and see who comes up next for a match. If it goes three periods and if I am tired, I just like to sit against the wall, have a Gatorade or cold drink and catch my breath. I will root the team on and do as much coaching as I can. When I come home, I usually get a nice warm shower, then get a burrito from (Timonium's) Qdoba Mexican Grill.
What are your future plans?
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When I grow up, I want to visit all the major league baseball parks. I have been to a few parks and I really enjoy going to Orioles games.