The standard for Maryland public school wrestling doesn’t reside far from the Howard County line. About five miles from the western county border is Damascus, a small rural town with a high school program that has won 127 straight dual meets — the eighth longest winning streak of all-time, according to the National Federation of State High School Association’s record book. The Hornets have captured the last three 3A/4A state tournament titles and five straight 3A/4A state dual championships, the most recent with a 47-18 victory over Glenelg in February. They aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, and the Hornets expect to continue to climb in the record book (they are 29 wins shy of the third-longest streak ever). But 16 miles to the east, the Gladiators and coach Matt Bichner aren’t shying away. With what he says is his best team in his five years as head coach, he wants another shot at ending the streak. “I think they’re a great example,” Bichner said. “I have a lot of respect for their coaches and their kids work hard. They don’t do anything flashy — they just do the fundamentals and they get it done, and it’s a lot of the similarities we try to instill. “There’s no animosity toward them, we just want to beat them. They’re the pinnacle, everyone is trying to knock them off, and they’ve won five years in a row and haven’t lost a match. Obviously last year we felt we were the second-best team dual-wise in the state and we feel like we’re pretty close to there, so we’re looking to pass them and hand them their first loss if possible.” The Gladiators return six of their seven county champions from last season. Three returners placed among the top four in their weight class at the state tournament, and five other starters, including county finalist Robbie Baxter (220 pounds), are also in this year’s lineup. Tim Schwartz There was never any doubt that Glenelg was going to win the 48th annual Howard County wrestling tournament at River Hill Feb. 17-18 for the second straight season, but this title was all about redemption. The Gladiators put eight wrestlers in the finals and crowned seven champions — both a tournament... There was never any doubt that Glenelg was