Eric Jobe, Sr., La Plata
Jobe reached the 4A/3A final last season but fell to Huntingtown's Phil Riley. Jobe, who finished 32-4 last season and won the 4A/3A South Region title, lost three times to Riley, including in the SMAC final. With Riley graduated, Jobe is the favorite to win his first conference title and a serious threat to win at states.
Lucas Black, Sr., Chopticon
A knee injury sidelined Black for the early portion of last season, though he salvaged his year by finishing 25-3. Now healthy, the 2004 4A/3A champion moves up from 119 to 135 this season and looks to improve upon last year's fourth-place finish at states.
Collin Leadbeter, Jr., Northern
After capturing the 4A/3A South Region tournament title and placing second at the SMAC tournament last season, Leadbeter placed third at states. One of the leaders on a deep and talented team, he was 36-3 as a sophomore.
Who will be king of the SMAC?
La Plata and Northern battled for supremacy from start to finish last season, with La Plata (14-0) winning the SMAC regular season and tournament titles and Northern (17-2) winning the 4A/3A South Region duals. With several key returning starters on both sides, the SMAC title will probably go through La Plata or Northern.
How will the SMAC fare at the state level?
The SMAC had three individual champions last season in McDonough's Matt Myers, Calvert's Ryan Buff and Chopticon's Michael Cannon. Though Buff is the only returnee of the group, there are a number of wrestlers who were on the brink last season and should continue the SMAC's recent trend of churning out state champions.
Can Calvert return to prominence?
After winning the 4A/3A dual tournament and placing second at the team tournament in 2004, Calvert moved down to 2A/1A and underwent a transition last season when it lost a significant portion of its starting lineup to Huntingtown. With 12 starters returning, Calvert has reloaded.