Meade's Travis Chidebe, right, puts pressure on Atholton's Zachary Smith.
Meade's Travis Chidebe, right, puts pressure on Atholton's Zachary Smith.(Matt Hazlett / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Wrestlers to watch are selected after consulting area coaches.

Travis Chidebe


Meade, 160 pounds, senior

Chidebe, who plays running back for the Mustangs football team, dominated at 160 pounds last season, finishing 38-0 and winning the Class 4A-3A state championship.

Wyatt Cook

McDonogh, heavyweight, senior

Cook, who missed the opening few weeks of practice because of football, won Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and Maryland Independent Schools titles before placing third at National Preps last season. He is ranked 20th in the country by Flowrestling.

Ryan Friedman

St. Paul's, 126 pounds, senior

Friedman, a three-time MIAA A Conference champion, finished third in the MIS championship in a tough 120-pound weight class and went on to place seventh at National Preps. He went 8-1 and placed third at 120 pounds at the USA Wrestling Junior Greco-Roman National Championships in Fargo, N.D., over the summer.


Cameron Harrell

McDonogh, 152 pounds, senior

Harrell, ranked eighth in the country by Flowrestling, won two 3A-4A state championships at Broadneck before transferring to McDonogh before last season. He won the MIAA title at 145 pounds and finished second at the MIS championship and at National Preps. He has committed to wrestle at Virginia.

Austin Kraisser

Centennial, 152/160 pounds, junior

Kraisser, a 4A-3A state runner-up as a freshman two years ago, finished 38-1 and won a state championship at 145 pounds last season. The younger brother of four-time state champion Nathan Kraisser is ranked 14th in the country by Flowrestling.


Myles Martin

McDonogh, 182 pounds, senior

Martin, a two-time National Preps champion and last year's National Preps Wrestler of the Year, has gone 94-4 the past two seasons combined and is ranked second in the country by Flowrestling. Last year's All-Metro Wrestler of the Year has committed to wrestle at Ohio State.

Daniel Planta

St. Paul's, 113 pounds, sophomore

As a freshman, Planta dominated at 106 pounds, winning an MIS championship and placing third at National Preps. He was a member of Team Maryland last summer.

Hunter Ritter

John Carroll, 195 pounds, senior

Ritter was an MIS state champion and placed second at National Preps after an injury forced him to default the final. He is ranked fifth in the country by Flowrestling and has committed to wrestle at Wisconsin.

Sam Rowell

Mount Saint Joseph, 170 pounds, senior

Rowell took second in the MIAA championship and at states, then finished seventh at National Preps. A member of Team Maryland last summer, he also placed fifth in the 4A-3A state tournament as a freshman and sophomore at Reservoir.

Jaron Smith

Oakland Mills, 170 pounds, senior

After tearing his ACL, Smith returned before the Howard County tournament last year and finished the season 15-1, winning the 160-pound 2A-1A state title. A two-time region champion, Smith also placed third in the state as a sophomore.

Others to watch

Chris Almony, John Carroll

Brandon Bekar, Owings Mills

Rocco Bruno, Boys' Latin

Justin Chenault, St. Vincent Pallotti

Quinn Devaney, McDonogh

Michael Doetsch, Severn

Zach Dwyer, John Carroll

Trent Kilcarr, Reservoir

Troy Kilcarr, Reservoir

Sam Martino, McDonogh

Scott McAleer, Manchester Valley

T.K. Megonigal, McDonogh

Jake Nordhausen, Loyola Blakefield

Tim Null, South Carroll

Jacob Parker, Archbishop Spalding

Dominic Percell, Kenwood

Plevon Pryor, Dunbar

DeAndre Reed, Digital Harbor

Jacob Rendelman, Owings Mills

Tyler Rendina, Arundel

Logan Rill, Mount Saint Joseph

Kevin Sigwart, Archbishop Curley

Wade Slatniske, South Carroll

Austin Smith, John Carroll

Greg Smith, Randallstown

Michael Smith, McDonogh

Anthony Solis, Hammond

Chris Spano, Marriotts Ridge

Connor Strunk, Mount Hebron

Joey Thomas, South Carroll

Cody Trybus, Mount Saint Joseph

Cole Wetzel, Westminster

Tyshawn Williams, Archbishop Curley

Malik Woody, Mount Saint Joseph