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Boys Athlete of the Week: Avi Friedman, Owings Mills, wrestling

Owings Mills wrestler Avi Friedman is the boys Athlete of the Week.
Owings Mills wrestler Avi Friedman is the boys Athlete of the Week. (Baltimore Sun photo by Elizabeth Malby)

The 112-pound senior a Class 2A-1A state champion at 103 last year, moved up to win the 119-pound class at Saturday's Big 20 Invitational at Perry Hall.

In the championship round, Friedman ground out a 3-2 decision over Pikesville's Ben Baker, who placed third at states last year. Friedman advanced to the final with a 15-2 major decision over Woodlawn's Phil Walker, another wrestler who placed at states last year.

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Friedman, who is 10-0 this season with six pins, has won 48 straight matches dating to last school year's perfect 38-0 season. Friedman has a 3.85 grade-point average and is weighing college options.

Others considered:

Will Barton, Lake Clifton, basketball; Isiah Philmore, John Carroll, basketball; Matt Rum, Loyola, basketball

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