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Wrestlers to watch in 2017-18

St. Paul's Kurt McHenry, right, takes down Mount Saint Joseph's Chris Barnabae in the 106-pound final at the MIAA wrestling tournament at Mount Saint Joseph on Feb. 11.
St. Paul's Kurt McHenry, right, takes down Mount Saint Joseph's Chris Barnabae in the 106-pound final at the MIAA wrestling tournament at Mount Saint Joseph on Feb. 11. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Travis Crawford

South Carroll, 126 pounds, junior

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Crawford, a second-team All-Metro selection a year ago, won the Class 2A-1A state championship last season by knocking off defending state champion Chris Spano of Marriotts Ridge in the semifinals and Northern Garrett’s Steven Yutzy, 6-5, in the 120-pound final. He finished 47-1 to help South Carroll win its fourth straight state tournament title.

Wyatt Graham

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C. Milton Wright, 220 pounds, senior

Graham placed fifth at the 4A-3A state tournament as a sophomore, and last year he won the UCBAC and 4A-3A East regional titles. He earned two pins and a decision to place second at the state tournament at 195 pounds and finish the season 44-1. The senior is 78-5 over the past two seasons and is ranked second in the state by the MSWA.

Jason Kraisser

Centennial, 145 pounds, junior

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Kraisser continued his family’s legacy with a dominant sophomore season, winning his second state title with three pins and a decision in the 138-pound final at the 4A-3A state tournament. He placed eighth in junior freestyle at the junior national championships in July. The first-team All-Metro selection owns a career record of 80-4 and is ranked No. 10 in the country by Flowrestling.

Mount Saint Joseph is the No. 1 ranked team in The Baltimore Sun's 2017-18 wrestling preseason Top 15 poll.

Brent Lorin

Bel Air, 120 pounds, junior

Lorin has won the UCBAC, 4A-3A East regional and 4A-3A state tournament in his first two seasons, and owns a career record of 90-0. The junior won his second state title with a 3-2 decision over Parkdale’s Alex Giron last year and is ranked first in the state by the MSWA.

Caden Mareno

McDonogh, 138 pounds, senior

Mareno finished runner-up at the MIAA and MIS tournaments last year before placing sixth at National Preps. The 2016 second-team All-Metro selection has a career record of 105-38 with 53 pins and is ranked first in the state by the MSWA.

Kurt McHenry

St. Paul’s, 113 pounds, junior

McHenry won the Beast of the East, Powerade, Escape the Rock, MIAA and MIS tournaments a year ago to finish the season 52-0. The junior won his second straight gold at the World Wrestling Freestyle Cadet Nationals World Championship in September and is ranked first in the country at 113 pounds by Flowrestling.

PJ Mustipher

McDonogh, 285 pounds, senior

The Penn State football commit won the MIAA and MIS tournaments last season and finished fourth at National Preps. Mustipher, a first-team All-Metro selection in 2016, has a career record of 55-14 and is ranked second in the state by the MSWA.

Jack Parr

St. Paul’s, 195 pounds, junior

Parr won the MIAA and MIS tournaments last year before placing fourth at National Preps at 182 pounds to finish with a record of 34-9. He is ranked No. 12 in the country at 182 pounds by Flowrestling and first in the state by the MSWA.

Jorden Pryor

Dunbar, 285 pounds, junior

Pryor swept the postseason meets last year, en route to finishing 41-1 and becoming one of a handful of Baltimore City wrestlers to win a state championship with two pins, a technical fall and injury default at the state tournament. He is ranked first in the state by the MSWA.

The public schools association will no longer award a team champion at both individual state tournaments at the end of the season. Some schools like the switch; others don't.

David Schultz

Mount Saint Joseph, 182 pounds, senior

Schultz placed second at Mount Mat Madness, MIAA and MIS tournaments and fifth at National Preps as a junior to finish with a 40-11 record. A second-team All-Metro selection last season, Schultz went 36-1 and placed second at the 4A-3A state tournament as a sophomore for Linganore.

Other notables

Rasim Aliyev, Pikesville

Sam Alsheimer, Glenelg

Chris Barnabae, Mount Saint Joseph

Dakota Bowers, South Carroll

Hunter Crowley, Patterson Mill

Kyle Farace, Oakland Mills

Seth Fillers, Mount Saint Joseph

Ryan Garretson, Archbishop Spalding

Will Guida, St. Paul’s

Max Hammond, St. Paul’s

Tyler Harbison, South Carroll

Imran Heard, St. Paul’s

Justin Henry, Mount Saint Joseph

Dwayne Johnson, Dunbar

Ray Kable, McDonogh

Garrett Kappes, McDonogh

Tyson McDuffy, Owings Mills

Jordon Myers, Patterson Mill

Nick Nordhausen, Mount Hebron

Zach Phillips, Mount Saint Joseph

Nathan Porter, Mount Saint Joseph

Drew Pruett, Atholton

Keagan Rill, Mount Saint Joseph

Sam Smirnoff, Archbishop Spalding

Phil Smith, Owings Mills

Dominic Solis, McDonogh

Max Sotka, Glenelg

Austin Stith, Mount Saint Joseph

DeShawn Strand, Loyola Blakefield

Connor Strong, Mount Saint Joseph

Jared Thomas, Glenelg

PJ Truntich, Archbishop Spalding

John Urban, St. Paul’s

Jack Wimmer, McDonogh

Tyler Woodard, Dulaney

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