By Maggie Lucas and Greta Farkas
Going into the season, there was one thing on the B-CC Wrestling’s mind: Unfinished Business. They had come off of an incredible run last year, reaching the State Duals for the first time in school history, where they fell just short to Springbrook -- the eventual 2019 Maryland 4A State Champions -- with a final score of 31-28.
After such a heartbreaking finish, the boys were committed to avenging their loss this season. After honing their skills together over the last several years, the team had the talent and the close-knit team chemistry to win a state championship. The stakes were high after the loss to Springbrook the previous season, and, as captain Jeo Martinez noted, this is the senior’s “last year with the boys so [they] want to make it one to remember.”
To begin the season, they beat Paint Branch high school 81-0 and Gaithersburg 60-18.
Next up was the long awaited rematch against Springbrook. Although wrestling is a sport that does not usually attract massive student sections, fans piled in to watch the Baron Brigade Event. In the final match, Drew Guttentag secured the Barons’ 41-22 revenge victory against Springbrook.
A few short weeks later, the Barons found themselves winning their home tournament, The Baron Duals, which included a win over fellow top ranked Maryland team, Bullis. Around this time, seniors Jeo Martinez and Christian Simpson both secured their 100th win, an remarkable feat for a high school wrestler to achieve.
The following weekend, they beat Damascus 43-31 in a tri-meet. In doing so, they became the first Montgomery County team since 2012 to beat the 8-time defending 2A state champions.
To cap off the regular season, the Barons beat Walter Johnson 79-0 and Whitman 58-12 in the Battle of Bethesda. This ended the team’s regular season as undefeated for the first time in school history, cementing their legacy as the most successful team in B-CC wrestling history.
On February 12th, the Barons hosted the 4A West Region Duals. First, they beat Urbana 42-36. Then, they proceeded to beat Churchill. For the second consecutive year, the Barons were the 4A West Regional Dual Champions.
The following Saturday, the Barons traveled to North Point High School in Waldorf, Maryland for the State Duals, which consists of the semifinal round and for the winners, the state championship match. In the semifinal round, they faced Springbrook for the second year in a row. The Barons hoped to finally “finish the business” that began a year ago in the very same gym. As the wrestlers warmed-up and the match began, tension filled the room between the de-facto rivals. While B-CC lead in the first few matches, this short-lived rally was not enough to overcome Springbrook, and B-CC fell with a final score of 34-30. Afterwards, Springbrook proceeded to beat Annapolis by a wide margin to win their second consecutive state championship.
Although the B-CC Wrestling may have not accomplished their goal of winning a State Championship as a team, they had an outstanding, record-breaking season that will be remembered for years to come.