For the first time in 12 years, North Hagerstown is heading to the Maryland state duals.
North earned the berth in the four-team, single-elimination Class 4A-3A tournament by winning the West region title Wednesday night in Silver Spring, where the fourth-seeded Hubs beat top-seeded and host Springbrook 42-29 in the semifinals and then took down third-seeded Wootton 45-21 in the final.
Saturday’s action, which also includes Class 2A-1A, will be held at North Point High School in Waldorf.
The 2A-1A semifinals start at noon, the 4A-3A semifinals begin at 2 p.m. and the finals for both classes start at 5.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Hubs (19-4) did not know who they’d face in the semifinals.
North Point, Saturday’s host, won the 4A-3A South title Wednesday night, while the 4A-3A North and East region duals were held Thursday night after weather postponed their action Wednesday.
North last competed in the state duals in 2000, falling 27-26 to River Hill in the semifinals.
* After their run to the West region title, the Hubs finally moved up from the honorable-mention list to No. 18 in Thursday’s Maryland State Wrestling Association top-20 dual-meet team poll, ranking sixth among 4A-3A teams.
* A half-dozen of North’s wrestlers are in the top 10 in their weight classes in the 4A-3A state rankings.
Brendon Colbert is No. 2 at 120, Antonio Rosario is No. 3 at 195, Kenneth Burrs is tied for No. 3 at 170, Connor McHose is No. 4 at 182, Duncan Yeisley is No. 5 at 113 and Dylan Dopson is No. 8 at 285.
* South Hagerstown has a pair of top-10 ranked wrestlers in 4A-3A. Aaron Rowland is No. 9 at 285, and Marquil Holt is No. 10 at 220.
* In the Class 2A-1A state rankings, Williamsport’s Zach Shoemaker is No. 2 at 160, Smithsburg’s Chase Scott is No. 9 at 160 and Boonsboro’s Joe Minoglio is No. 9 at 145.
* In the private-school state rankings, Saint James’ Brady Burker is No. 6 at 285.
* A pair of local wrestlers have No. 1 state rankings in West Virginia — Berkeley Springs’ Tory Bennett at 182 in Class AA-A and Musselman’s Cody Spinks at 152 in Class AAA.
Bennett recently broke the state record for career victories. The senior is 56-1 this season and 210-8 for his career.
The previous state record for career victories was set by 2003 Hedgesville graduate Danny Lord, who went 201-11 in his career.
The lights will be on Monday night in the Gael Center for the first Independent-Parochial School League championship game when St. Maria Goretti hosts either Saint James or St. John’s Catholic Prep at 7 p.m.