1. DeMatha

Despite losing All-Met Joe Sargent to Mount St. Joseph High School in Baltimore, the Stags are the team to beat in the Washington area. DeMatha has won 14 straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles and five straight National Prep undergraduate titles. DeMatha is led by All-Met Nick Delonga, who placed fifth at National Preps.

2. Bowie

The defending Prince George's County and 4A South Region champions have some of the area's best wrestlers in 103-pounder Chase Brannon and 140-pounder Jonas Bray, who went 26-9 last season at 125. Brannon finished second at the Bowie Invitational, Bray placed first. Jerry Donahoe, who won a state title for DuVal in 1990, replaced longtime coach Mark Stephens.

3. Suitland

Led by Marcus Bell and Eugene Toms, Suitland hopes to improve on last year's 12-1 dual meet record. The Rams placed fifth at the Bowie Invitational as Toms won the 125-pound title and Bell finished second at 112. Suitland has one of the toughest schedules in the area this season. The Rams will compete at the Hammond Invitational and Patriot Classic and have a three-team meet scheduled with defending state champion Damascus and Seneca Valley.

4. Gwynn Park

Led by two-time county champion Darrin Long (152 pounds), the Yellow Jackets should make a run at the county title. Long went 21-7 last season and placed fourth in the region. He was 13-1 in dual meets. Senior Chris Dunston went 26-6 last season and placed second in the region at 152. He will wrestle at 171 this season.

5. Laurel

The Spartans have two of the area's top wrestlers in Joe Hill and Mike Reynolds. Hill, who won the 160-pound title at the Bowie Invitational, went 25-3 last season and placed first at the Prince George's County and 4A South Region tournaments. Reynolds, who went 22-4 last season at 125, finished eighth in a national high school open tournament in Birmingham. He will compete at 130 this season.