Luther Scott didn't start wrestling until his freshman year in high school, and he couldn't make the junior varsity. "I kind of hung around the wrestling room and practiced," he says.

That practice has apparently paid off. The Meade senior is 16-0 in the 145-pound weight class this season with eight victories by falls. "We showed him the basics and he's taken it further," Meade Coach Sam Pandullo says. "Luther decided that some time down the line he was going to be good at it."

Scott finally cracked the varsity lineup last season in the 145-pound class after missing a pair of tournaments. He compiled a 26-7 record, won the regional championship and reached the Maryland state semifinals.

He is ranked third in Maryland, and his toughest test of the dual-meet season will come Friday against top-ranked Pat Flynn of Annapolis. But the war in the Persian Gulf may provide a scarier task; a member of the National Guard, he is eligible to go overseas after he graduates.

"I don't think that's likely," he said. "{But} I'm worried about it." For now, he is focused on the wrestling season, and that gives Meade little to worry about.