Owings Mills' Avi Friedman is the All-Metro Wrestler of the Year.
(Baltimore Sun photo by Elizabeth Malby / March 19, 2009)
Avi Friedman Owings Mills
Friedman went undefeated for the second consecutive season, going 34-0 to improve his record the past two seasons to 72-0. The 112-pound senior is 109-4 in his varsity career.
"His life is dedicated to wrestling," River Hill coach Brandon Lauer said after watching Friedman pin two-time state champ Scott Mantua of River Hill in the Class 2A-1A state final. It was the first time in Mantua's four-year varsity career that he had been pinned.
Friedman, who won the junior national title at 103 last summer, also won the Big20 Invitational at Perry Hall
, the Franklin Invitational (where he defeated 2008 state champ Brett Przywara), his third 2A-1A North regional title and his second state championship. He won at 103 last year.
"He wrestles on a college-type level," Owings Mills coach Guy Pritzker said. "He knows every move by instinct and knows the countermove to everything he sees."
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