OLNEY – Good Counsel will chase public school powers North Hagerstown and Damascus over consecutive weekends on January during what could be the program’s best-ever wrestling season.
“The mentality is, ‘Let’s go ahead and put some pressure on ourselves,’” said coach Skylar Saar, whose Falcons schedule is replete with events such as the Iron Man, Beast Of The East, PowerAde and National Preps that are considered some of the nations’ most prestigious.
“Everything is focused around that first weekend in February and winning the state tournament, and we go to a lot of national tournaments in December. But if we’re going to be one of the best teams in the states, then let’s prove it.”
To that end, the Falcons will wrestle in the Jan. 8-9 Hub Cup Invitational at North Hagerstown, featuring the host and 2014 Class 4A-3A state tournament champion, as well as Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rival DeMatha among 20 teams from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Good Counsel will also compete in the Jan. 15-16 War on the Shore Invitational at Stephen Decatur in Berlin, Md.
Damascus, winner of last year’s Class 4A-3A state dual meet and tournament titles, is the defending champion of that meet.
“North Hagerstown is the top public school team this year as of now,” said Billy Buckheit, rankings coordinator for the Maryland State Wrestling Association. “But Damascus will be right there again, and Good Counsel will catch Damascus at War on the Shore.”
This year’s Falcons, meanwhile, are primed to surpass the accomplishments of the 2013 version, which captured the program’s first-ever Maryland Private Schools’ championship.
“We haven’t wrestled in those tournaments in a while, so it’s going to be cool to go up against that in-state competition against people that you know,” said Snyder.
“North Hagerstown and Damascus are two really good programs that have won state titles, so it’s going to be tough and exciting competition. But I can’t wait because I just want to establish that we’re definitely the best team in the state.”