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‘Outstanding’ wrestler Harris rises to occasion for Northwest Jags at Rockville Duals

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Northwest Jaguars’ Yonas Harris won the 106 lb. weight class at the Rockville Rumble Duals, and recognized as the tournament’s “Outstanding Wrestler,” while the Jaguars won the Second Place Team Trophy. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHNorthwest's Yonas Harris won the 106 lb. weight class at the Rockville Rumble Duals, and recognized as the tournament’s “Outstanding Wrestler,” while the Jaguars won the Second Place Team Trophy.   PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHNorthwest Jaguars’ senior Yonas Harris turned in his best performance of the season Saturday in the Rockville Rumble Duals Wrestling Tournament.

The returning county and regional champion’s 9-0 mark included winning a clash between Montgomery County’s premier 106-pounders, 6-2, over previously unbeaten senior Brian Trinh of Paint Branch, and scoring a major decision over the host school’s 120-pounder.

“Other than Trinh, the rest of my matches were either pins or technical falls,” said Harris, who improved to 23-0 and was named Outstanding Wrestler. “This season has started out really well for me, and I’m really excited for it.”

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Smith, Fuondjing help Paint Branch Panthers pin down Rockville Duals crown

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Paint Branch High School's Austin Smith, winner of the 195 lb bracket, is surrounded by teammates as he holds the 1st Place Team trophy at the Rockville Rumble Duals Wrestling Tournament.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH Paint Branch's Austin Smith, winner of the 195 lb bracket, is surrounded by his teammates as he holds the First Place Team trophy at the Rockville Rumble Duals Wrestling Tournament. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  Juniors Austin Smith (195) and Wafeu Fuondjing (285) won all nine bouts Saturday to pace the Paint Branch Panthers past runner-up Northwest, 31-27, for the title of the Rockville Rumble Duals Wrestling Tournament. 

Smith rose to 20-0, and Fuondjing to 19-1. Smith’s biggest win of the year is a 4-3 decision over Good Counsel transfer Drew Brenowitz of Clarksburg, a sixth place private schools finisher last year.

“Brenowitz was a tough match that will help me to get into the right mindset after not having too many tough matches so far,” said Smith, son of Paint Branch wrestling coach Rick Smith. “I missed counties and regions last year with a back injury, so I’m feeling ready to finish strong over the rest of our tough schedule.”

Also wrestling well for the Panthers (15-5) were Brian Trinh (106), Amir Abdur Rahim (138), Dheduce Anumgba (160), Kyle Isolato (170), Tom Bettinger (182) and Wisdom Agbeyome (220). Trinh is 19-1, Bettinger is 17-2, Anumgba is 12-2, Isolato is 15-5, Agbeyome is 6-2, and Rahim, 12-6.

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Smith and FitzPatrick achieve unheard of milestone victories

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Senior Nolan Smith won eight bouts at 145 pounds during last weekend’s Rockville Rumble Duals at Rockville High to pass the 100-career wins milestone with 105 for Paint Branch, while J.D. FitzPatrick split time at 138 and 145 pounds to come within a win of tying Walter Johnson’s all-time career victories mark at the Iron Horse Duals at C. Milton Wright High of Bel Air in Harford County.

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