In Virginia, Battlefield has been the standard this season: The Bobcats have gone to prestigious national tournaments like the Powerade Wrestling Tournament and Beast of the East and placed several competitors. Robinson doesn’t have those flashy accomplishments, but the Rams believe their talent can match that of the Bobcats. Both teams are unbeaten in dual competition, setting up a potentially electric showdown at the Virginia Class 6 state championship next month.
Damascus continues to dominate in Maryland, though the Swarmin’ Hornets expect heightened competition at this weekend’s War on the Shore at Stephen Decatur High School. Archbishop Curley, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Huntingtown and St. Mary’s Ryken are among the other area teams that will be in attendance at the tournament, which features some of the best programs from Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
1. Damascus (15-0) Last week: 1
The Swarmin’ Hornets continued their dual domination with blowout wins over Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Seneca Valley, Poolesville and Paint Branch.
2. Battlefield (4-0) LW: 2
The Bobcats punctuated their first weekend of dual competition with a 45-24 win over Colonial Forge, the defending Virginia Class 6 state champion.
3. Robinson (7-0) LW: 3
Aaron Howell (113 pounds), Liam Gordon (120), Nik Gerard (132), Finn O’Dell (138) and Thomas Mukai (220) won individual titles as the Rams finished first at the Mayhem at Millbrook.
4. Huntingtown (12-1) LW: 4
After their dual against Calvert on Tuesday was canceled, the Hurricanes beat Arundel, 67-6, on Wednesday.
5. Spalding (3-2) LW: 6
After a dual win over Gilman, the Cavaliers had five individual champions crowned at the Patriot Classic this past weekend.
6. Leonardtown (3-0) LW: 5
The Raiders face a stiff dual test Thursday against conference rival La Plata at home.
7. Glenelg (13-0) LW: 9
Glenelg handled Howard, 63-12, on Tuesday but barely squeaked by Hammond, 36-33.
8. Woodbridge (10-4) LW: 7
The Vikings couldn’t capitalize on a 4-1 showing at the Rock Ridge Duals and fell to Potomac (Va.), 42-30, on Wednesday.
9. St. John’s (12-5) LW: 8
The Cadets went undefeated at the Capital Duals, picking up wins over St. Andrew’s, Friends School of Baltimore, Watkins Mill, The Heights and Wilson.
10. Churchill (5-0) LW: 10
The Bulldogs continued their strong season with a first-place finish at the Joe Verciglio tournament at Chantilly.
Dropped out: None
On the bubble: Westfield, St. Mary’s Ryken, Archbishop Curley