Northwest 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.”
A year ago, Harris earned county and regional titles with consecutive overtime victories against Alex Carbonell of Poolesville, avenging an earlier 6-4 loss. Harris ended last season with a mark of 41-6, falling to the first- and third-place finishers at Class 4A-3A states after having beaten Trinh, 11-3, at counties, and, 6-0, at regions.
“Brian’s gotten a lot better, but he still ran away, which made it closer than I wanted it to be,” said Harris of Trinh, who was fifth at counties and sixth at regions.
“I wrestled up a weight in about three matches. My goal was to not be taken down at all. I got taken down for the first time by the 120-pounder from Rockville. I ended up winning by a major decision, like, 15-5, I think.”
Ranked No. 3 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, Harris is currently the state’s highest-rated public school wrestler in a weight class whose county representatives have been busy.
The fifth-ranked Trinh (19-1) was coming off a 7-6 victory over Clarksburg’s eighth-ranked standout freshman Alex Gonzalez, who went 9-0 with four pins to win Outstanding Wrestler honors at last month’s South River Duals.
Also during a dual meet last week, Damascus’ unbeaten 12th-ranked Michael Emerick overcame 14th-ranked Christian Simpson of Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 15-8.
Harris was among the Jaguars’ five champions at Rockville’s Duals, being joined by sophomores Siavash Sarvestani (113), Kosta Burns (152) and Yoan Olympio and senior Luke Patterson (170). The Jaguars were runners-up to Paint Branch, losing 31-27.
Harris went 10-0 at last month’s Westminster Duals. His primary training partner is Sarvestani, who a year ago placed sixth at counties and second at regions and entered the week with a mark of 22-1.
“I’m trying to be more aggressive,” said Harris. “I want to be very stingy, not giving up many points. I’m working pretty hard at that.”