At age 15, Laurel's Mansur Abdul-Malik is one of the top high school wrestlers in the state of Maryland, and he's just getting started. "Every day I want to get better," Abdul-Malik said. "I want one day to be known."
On May 11, Abdul-Malik qualified for the 2013 Maryland National Team by placing first in the 195-pound cadet division at the Maryland Freestyle/Greco-Roman State Championships.
As one of 96 wrestlers on the team, he will compete in July at the Asics/Vaughan Junior and Cadet National Championships in Fargo, N.D.
The qualification has been the peak of an already successful year for Abdul-Malik, who also placed first at the 2013 Dundalk Battle for the Banner, an open tournament, and at the Eastern National Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association Championship in Salisbury, in the 189-pound division.
"It's another stepping stone for me," Abdul-Malik said about making the national team. "It's really a far jump that I've made."