Vince Cina, River Hill, Jr., 103 pounds: Cina won the 98-pound junior title in Greco-Roman wrestling and was third in freestyle at the USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior National Championship over the summer. He was the first county wrestler to win a national title, and with the graduation of Atholton state champion Doug Ramsey, Cina will be the class of the county's smallest weight class.
Jesse Fawcett, River Hill, Sr., 215 pounds: Fawcett's pin of Joe Sedilko in the county 189-pound final last season gave River Hill the county tournament title. He will move up to a more comfortable weight this year and is among the favorites to win a state title in the newest weight class. He was 30-8 at 189 pounds last year.
Grant Gormley, Mount Hebron, Sr., 130 pounds: Gormley is the lone county champion holdover from Mount Hebron's best team since 1974. He won a county title at 119 pounds and the Class 4A/3A North Region title. He was a runner-up at the Arundel Holiday Tournament and finished last season with a 27-9 record. He is one of three returning starters for the defending state dual meet champions.
Neal Nakagama, Oakland Mills, Sr., 119 pounds: Nakagama became the 16th wrestler in county history to win three county titles when he beat Mount Hebron's Zach Wendal for the county 125-pound title, but his fourth title might be his toughest. Nakagama tore his anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the first part of the wrestling season. He also won the Class 2A/1A South Region title last year and finished the season 29-7.
Dave and Mark Nakasone, Centennial, Srs., 152 and 145 pounds: Dave Nakasone (31-3 last year) won a Class 2A/1A South Region and 2A/1A state title at 140 pounds, but he had the unlucky fortune of being in the same weight class as River Hill graduate Ryan Green, a four-time county champion. Both twin brothers are threats to win county titles this year, but Mark Nakasone will have a challenge from another twin, Nick Shevland.
Scott Radik, Atholton, Sr., 119 pounds: Radik won the county 112-pound title with an 8-4 decision over Mount Hebron's Austin Laws and was a runner-up at the Maryland 2A/1A South Region Tournament. He finished his season 26-6 and will be Atholton's most polished wrestler this season.
Ryan and Nick Shevland, River Hill, Srs., 140 and 145 pounds: Ryan and Nick became the first pair of identical twins in county history to win county titles when Ryan won last year at 135 pounds and Nick won at 152 pounds. Ryan finished the season 30-8 with 16 pins, and Nick was 28-6.
Other Wrestlers of Note
David Brindza, Glenelg, Jr., 112 pounds; Austen Merson, Hammond, Sr., heavyweight; Jeff Plasse, Oakland Mills, Sr., 125; Austin Sneeringer, River Hill, Sr., 160; Dan Snyder, Hammond, Sr., 140; Phil Thomas, Howard, Sr., 171; Dominic Ventura, Centennial, Jr., 125.