State Dual Meet Champions

The MPSSAA established a format to crown four teams as the best in the state beginning in 2018. The ideas was that each classification and size of school should only compete against schools of a similar size. The format would follow a traditional four four teams making each region, competing to determine a regional champion and then having the regional champions competing to determine a state champion team for 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A.

The traditional regions had to be reconfigured to ensure something like an equal distribution of teams. An initial problem was determine which schools, in fact, fielded wrestling teams. Some oddities ensued with seeming geographic incongruities included in the regions.

While the teams and coaches of this years champions are to be congratulated some fixes are bound to happen. It seemed to many fans that regionals did not lead to competitive matches.

Teams qualify for regions on the basis of their records. These are not open regionals as in other MPSSAA sports that occasionally result in lop sided, con competitive affairs. There is much debate about teams watering down their schedule to make these regional competitions but this year saw two 7-7 teams make the duals, a 6-4 team and a team with a 6-8 record making the duals showing that a team can afford to take a few losses and still qualify.

Regional Blow outs in 2018

Urbana 84 d. Mervo 0
Eleanor Roosevelt 63 d. Northwest 15

Huntington 71 d. Great Mills 4
Huntington 71 Chopticon 12

Damascus 60 Winters Mill 12
Owings Mills 83 Gwynn Park 0

Sparrows Point 70 d. Loch Raven 9

There are likely more blowouts whose scores are not reflected here as schools often forfeit remaining matches once they have clinched a winning score.