Wrestler of the Year: Avi Friedman, Owings Mills

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.

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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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