The wins did not come easily. South River mounted a monster comeback to take a 43-26 win against Annapolis then squeaked out a 41-36 win against Chesapeake behind sophomore Nolan Lunsford’s technical fall of the Cougars’ Adam Taifouri at 113 pounds to close out the match. But with the victories, they established themselves as the team to beat in Anne Arundel County.
The Barons (19-2) followed suit in Montgomery County. As the hosts of the Battlin’ Barons duals Jan. 3-4, they upended Bullis, 37-34, in the championship. Then they took down two county competitors Saturday in Churchill and seven-time defending Maryland 2A champion Damascus.
The defeat was the Swarmin’ Hornets third this season, which counts as a letdown for a team that previously had not lost in seven years. Still, Damascus’s reputation as a powerhouse looms large, so the Barons’ first win against the Swarmin’ Hornets in eight years will make opponents both in the county and across the state stand up and take notice.
(All records through Sunday)
1. South River (23-1) Last ranked: 1
The Seahawks suffered their first defeat of the season against Glenelg on Jan. 4, but rebounded with victories against Annapolis and Chesapeake in a Jan. 8 tri-meet.
The Rams placed second at the Rock Ridge Duals in Ashburn after falling to McDonogh of Baltimore in the tournament championship, but they beat Osbourn Park, Forest Park, Brentsville District and Atlee en route to the final.
3. Bethesda-Chevy Chase (19-2) LR: 6
The Barons claimed the title at their own event, the Battlin’ Baron Duals, on Jan. 4, and then took wins against Churchill and Damascus on Saturday.
4. St. Mary’s Ryken (7-0) LR: 5
Seven Knights finished undefeated in their weight classes at the Patriot Classic at Northern Classic, lifting St. Mary’s Ryken to the team title.
The Swarmin’ Hornets rebounded from their first losses in seven years with a string of wins against Clarksburg, Sherwood and Churchill, but then they stumbled again in a 43-31 loss to Bethesda-Chevy Chase.
6. Leonardtown (13-3) LR: 7
The Raiders went 3-0 last week with an 84-0 shutout of St. Charles, followed by back-to-back wins against Lackey and Chopticon in a tri-meet.
7. Springbrook (5-1) LR: 9
The Blue Devils rolled to three blowout victories last week — 71-12 against Einstein, 78-6 against Northwood and 78-0 against Wheaton.
Colgan’s dual winning streak, which stretches back to last season, reached 31-0 Saturday with wins against Courtland, West Springfield and Manassas Park.
With last Friday’s 45-30 win against C. Milton Wright, the Gophers set themselves up as a contender for the Maryland Class 2A crown.
10. Freedom-South Riding (8-2) LR: NR
At their 12th annual Freedom Duals tournament this weekend, the Eagles beat Loudoun County in the semifinals but fell to Warren County in the championship match.
Dropped out: No. 3 Spalding (3-2); No. 8 Battlefield (1-0); No. 10 St. John’s (2-1)
On the bubble: Annapolis (10-4); Chesapeake (21-4); Montgomery Blair (22-2)