Welcome to Varsity Sports Network’s 2010 preseason Top 20 wrestling poll. VSN ranks the top teams in the Baltimore region which covers public and private schools in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Harford County and Howard County.
1. Archbishop Spalding
2. St. Paul’s School
Wrestler to watch: Eric Friedman, Jr., 119
Takedown: Crusaders under the radar in MIAA B, will turn heads with experienced leaders.
3. McDonogh School
Wrestler to watch: Jack Clark, Fr., 125
Takedown: Eagles look to regain MIAA crown
4. Mount. St. Joseph
Wrestler to watch: Tyler Rill, Jr., 171
Takedown: Defending MIAA titlist Gaels will be a force to be reckoned with at MIAA’s and Maryland Independent Schools tourney.
Wrestler to watch: Nick Cafferey, Sr., 130
Takedown: Gladiators are hungry after losing in Class 1A/2A state finals title last season.
6. Archbishop Curley
Wrestler to watch: Brett Przywara, Sr., 130
Takedown: One of the best MIAA dual-meet teams; have nine returning lettermen from squad that knocked off five area-ranked teams last winter.
7. Owings Mills
Wrestler to watch: Warren Mack, Jr., 112
Takedown: Eagles will be back in 2A/1A state dual meet hunt after dominating Baltimore County last year.
8. Old Mill
Wrestler to watch: Ron Vaughters, Sr., 145
Takedown: Patriots will again be a force in Anne Arundel County.
9. Loyola Blakefield
Wrestler to watch: David Mohler, So., 103
Takedown: Despite hit hard by graduation, Dons will be factor in MIAA.
10. John Carroll
Wrestler to watch: Mathew Miller, Sr., 160
Takedown: Patriots, last year’s MIAA runner-up, finally can take the tough tournaments it enrolls in with talent mixed throughout lineup.
Wrestler to watch: Mark Colabucci, Sr., 152
Takedown: Gators lost nucleus from state 4A/3A championship team, but will be in contention for Howard County championship.
12. Rising Sun
Wrestler to watch: Adam Heffelfinger, Sr., 119
Takedown: Ready to challenge Bel Air and Harford Tech for UCBAC supremacy.
13. River Hill
Wrestler to watch: Cameron Kirby, Sr., 125
Takedown: Coach Brandon Lauer will have Hawks fighting for Howard County supremacy.
Wrestler to watch: Jesse Garrett, Jr., 135
Takedown: Generals bring back five state qualifiers.
15. Harford Tech
Wrestler to watch: Joey Malanga, Sr., 145
Takedown: Cobras look to return to glory with experienced starters.
Wrestler to watch: Tyler Goodwin, Jr., 135
Takedown: Wildcats return five Anne Arundel County finalists.
Wrestler to watch: Jonathan Goodwin, Jr., 145
Takedown: Bears could be a darkhorse in Howard Countylineup, with the right circumstances and match-ups could upset other Howard County teams.
18. Bel Air
Wrestler to watch: Tom Kuegler, Sr. 189
Takedown: Three-time defending UCBAC champs said goodbye to a group of seniors last year, but still have power and successful JV.
19. Wilde Lake
Wrestler to watch: Alex Polonsky, Jr., 112
Takedown: Wildecats will be solid in tough Howard County race.
Takedown: Good team with a solid run at regional title in 2010.