As a freshman last year, Oakland Mills' Jaron Smith earned 30 wins, was a regional finalist, and placed fifth at the state tournament.
This year, as a sophomore, Smith has won his first tournament title — at the Snowverlea Invitational — and is the second ranked 160-pounder heading into this weekend's Howard County tournament, at Oakland Mills.
After winning the Snowverlea title, Smith took a 30-secondt timeout with us.
TV show I can't miss:
I don't really watch much TV.
Favorite prematch warm-up song:
I actually don't listen to music. I'm not a big fan of music. I've never really liked it. I like to go about my game plan.
Best personal sports moment:
There have actually been a few moments that have been the best for me, but this is certainly one of the greatest moments.
Hobby I have or had in the past that might surprise people:
I've actually played a variety of sports. I used to play football and baseball, and I played basketball, but I was never really good at that. I actually do JuJitsiu in the offseason, so that helps me with my wrestling and my wrestling helps me with that.
Biggest role model:
My coach (Brad Howell) has certainly been great with me, he taught me how to use legs. I did it last year but I don't think I was as good as I am this year.
Ray Lewis is really awesome, because of his career, retiring makes me respect him even more. Ray Rice too.
Hardest class you've ever taken?:
I'm currently in Biology GT and Computer Science 3, and I don't know which one is harder, but those are really hard.
When I grow up I want to:
I want to be a computer engineer.
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