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County crowns six champions at MPSSAA’s inaugural girls wrestling turney

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Wheaton Knights’ Constance Nwaigwe wins first place at the MPSSAA’s inaugural girls invitational folkstyle wrestling tournament in the 102lb. weight class. Also placing: Second place – Atholton Raiders’ Jana Tumaneng; Third place – Einstein Titans’ Zoe Alexander; Fourth place – Carver Wildcats’ Hailey Roddy; Fifth place – South River Seahawks’ Bridgett Asman. COURTESY PHOTO BY KOLAWOLE MARVILLEWheaton Knights’ Constance Nwaigwe wins first place at the MPSSAA’s inaugural girls invitational folkstyle wrestling tournament in the 102lb. weight class. Also placing: Second place – Atholton Raiders’ Jana Tumaneng; Third place – Einstein Titans’ Zoe Alexander; Fourth place – Carver Wildcats’ Hailey Roddy; Fifth place – South River Seahawks’ Bridgett Asman. COURTESY PHOTO BY KOLAWOLE MARVILLE  Constance Nwaigwe was still a toddler in March 2006 when Magruder freshman Helen Maroulis made an impact for the County wrestling for coach Max Sartoph.

Maroulis became the first girl to place at the Maryland wrestling championships, finishing sixth at 112 pounds in the 4A/3A states. As Magruder junior, Maroulis became the first female to reach the finals of both the Montgomery County and Class 4A-3A East Region tournaments and repeated her sixth-place finish at states.

Nowadays, Nwaigwe knows Maroulis as the first-ever American female to win a gold medal at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016, having earned a world championship title in 2015 after winning silver and bronze medals in 2012 and 2013.

“The first time I saw Helen wrestle, I was very much impressed,” said Nwaigwe, a junior second-year wrestler at Wheaton. “My thoughts were that not only is she a female who wrestled boys at one time, but that she went and won the Olympics. I was thinking, ‘Maybe that could possibly be me one day.’”

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Montgomery County’s high school wrestling preview

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Colonels’ C.J. Cramma aims for elusive state title, while Damascus goes for another team crown 

Magruder’s C.J. Cramma need no further inspiration than his past two meetings with Parkdale of Prince George’s County’s 4A-3A runner-up Axel Giron, who defeated the Colonels’ wrestler, 6-3, in last year’s 113-pound state semifinals, and, in triple-overtime at a summer wrestling camp at Landon High.

Giron lost his state title bout, 3-2, to repeat winner Brent Lorin of Harford County’s Bel Air, a junior like Giron, who has yet to lose a high school bout.

“We were tied 3-3 at states and Giron got back points,” said Cramma, who went 4-1 at states with two pins, a technical fall and a 9-5 decision to end the year with a mark of 41-6. “At Landon, we were tied 4-4 but went into triple-overtime and I lost on the ultimate ride-out.”

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B-CC Barons defeat Churchill 2-0, advance to soccer regional finals

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B CC Barons vs. Churchill BulldogsROCKVILLE — The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons defeated the Churchill Bulldogs 2-0 in the third round of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s boys varsity soccer playoffs Friday evening at Thomas S. Wootton High School.

Battling for a place in the regional finals, the Barons took control with a goal early in the first half. As the Bulldogs searched for a way back into the match, the Barons doubled their lead in the second half to secure the victory to progress to the regional final.

“My boys came out hungry, came out disciplined, and they had a will that said ‘we’re not going to lose tonight,” said B-CC head coach Gui Melendez.

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Northwest takes state title in boys, runner up in girls track and field

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BALTIMORE –The Northwest High School boys track and field team became state champions and the girls team took second place in the state championship at Morgan State University May 26 and May 27.

The Northwest Jaguars boys team won three state titles for outdoor track in the last four years under the leadership of head coach Robert Youngblood. The team won the 4A state championship in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

“The boys, it was a plan that we were going to score between 30 and 40 points the first day, and then we knew that our strength was coming up in the finals,” Youngblood said.

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