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Wrestler of the Year

At the beginning of the season, Myles Martin set a few goals for himself. He achieved almost all of them.

The junior is the unquestioned leader of a McDonogh squad that went wire to wire as the area's top team, and he distinguished himself as one of the state's top wrestlers this season.

After being selected All-Metro first team last season, Martin picked up where he left off. He went 46-1 this season and won the 170-pound crown at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference meet and the Maryland Independent Schools Tournament.

He followed that up with a win in the National Preps Tournament in Easton, Pa., which features the top private-school wrestlers on the East Coast, and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler. Martin's only loss came at the Walsh Ironman Tournament in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where he fell to a wrestler from California. He also recorded 25 pins this season.

Martin's leadership was instrumental in McDonogh's triple-crown win this year: the MIAA's A Conference dual meet title, tournament title and the MIS wrestling tournament team title.

"He had a tremendous year, and he was the anchor of our team," McDonogh coach Pete Welch said. "His actions [on the mat] speak louder than his words. He's a worker. This is a tough school, and his teachers all love him. He set lofty goals this year, and he achieved most of them."

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