Navarre opts for Maryland over wrestling

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Two-time All-Metro football player and wrestler Jeremy Navarre of Joppatowne will forgo the remainder of his high school wrestling season, start classes at Maryland on Wednesday and prepare for spring football practices.

Navarre had received permission from Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association officials to enroll full time at Maryland while taking a course at Joppatowne to retain his high school athletic eligibility.

The process, called dual enrollment, would have allowed the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Navarre to compete for a third straight state wrestling crown in early March before joining the Terps' football practices starting April 2.

It would have required lengthy commutes between Joppatowne and College Park.

But Navarre, The Sun's 2003-2004 Male Athlete of the Year, said he changed his mind about the move on Thursday, shortly after receiving his 12-credit curriculum and spring workout schedule during orientation at Maryland.

"I looked at the courses, the weight-lifting schedule, and I realized that those are some things that I'll need to be 100 percent focused on," said Navarre, who earned enough credits to graduate from Joppatowne on Friday -- the end of his high school's first semester. "I said, 'I'll need to just stay down there.' It's time to grow up and leave high school behind."

Navarre plans to move into his dorm tomorrow and start classes Wednesday.

Navarre led the Mariners' football team to one state title in two title game berths as a defensive end/linebacker and fullback. He was recruited by Maryland as a blocking fullback.

On the mat he had an 88-2 career record, including 19-0 with 15 pins this season.

Navarre, The Sun's No. 1-ranked 275-pounder, had won 71 consecutive bouts.

"I set goals when I came to Joppatowne and I've had a great four years," he said.

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