Hammond's Taweel commits to Duke

The Baltimore Sun

Three-time All-Metro selection Vince Taweel of Hammond, winner of three Class 2A-1A state titles and 149 career bouts, has committed to Duke University, he said yesterday.

"I spoke to their coach, Clar Anderson [on Friday night], but it was a tough decision between them, American and Maryland because of their combinations of academics and wrestling," said Taweel, who became Hammond's second four-time Howard County champion and earned his fourth 2A-1A South regional title.

Taweel, who went 40-2 this season at 135 pounds, failed to win his fourth state title when he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee in the state quarterfinals. On Wednesday at Kernan Hospital, Taweel underwent a 90-minute arthroscopic surgery.

"That went very smoothly. I'm resting a lot," said Taweel, who expects to compete at 133 or 141 pounds at Duke. "I'm looking to come back anywhere from six to 12 months. I just want to be sure, not take things too fast. Hopefully I can come back with my leg stronger than before."

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