It took nearly two feet of snow to slow La Plata's wrestling team.
An undefeated season highlighted by the school's first Maryland 4A/3A South Region Dual Tournament title has been halted in its tracks by the weekend snowstorm that hit the area.
The state duals, originally scheduled for last Saturday at Catoctin High School in Thurmont, was postponed to Tuesday, then pushed back to Feb. 25. Left twiddling their thumbs -- instead of tossing around opponents -- is a La Plata wrestling team that had been in top form before the delay.
"I was very disappointed that we weren't able to wrestle on Saturday," La Plata Coach Todd Sharp said. "The kids were in a groove. They were having fun. We were kind of on a roll. But every team is in the same boat."
The Warriors (15-0) have shifted their attention to this weekend's Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Tournament at Great Mills, in which they hope to unseat defending champion Northern. The recent delay has altered neither their ever-increasing goals nor their excitement for what is to come.
At season's start, La Plata simply hoped to compete for the conference crown. Now the Warriors not only look to claim local bragging rights, they hope to complete the season with a state championship.
"We've had to revamp our goals," Sharp said. "I don't think getting wrestlers to the state tournament is enough. Now we want to place a few guys."
The Warriors have been led by 130-pounder Zach Jones, who sealed the regional win over Calvert with a pin. Tim Hession won by decision in the 171-pound bout.
Sharp met with a few of his wrestlers Monday to try to keep their spirits up. Though upset over the recent delay and eager to get back on the mat, Sharp said his wrestlers are excited about remaining on top.
"At this point, we know we have a target on us because no team wants to see one team win it all," Sharp said. "We want to win it all, and we're still hungry. We've had a lot of success, and I think the kids are still hungry. It would have been a shame for us to win the SMAC duals and come up short at region. Of course, that didn't happen. The next step is to win the SMAC tournament as well."