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WRESTLER OF THE YEAR: Paul Watkins, North Forsyth
After stellar season, North Forsyth sophomore determined to reach final goal
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Already, Paul Watkins is on a mission. It has been state-title-or-bust for the North Forsyth wrestler ever since his high school wrestling career started two years ago, and the sophomore has been getting closer and closer, from third as a freshman to second this past season, one in which he conquered just about everything he could: he won an area championship, placed first at the state sectionals and finished 44-3 with only one of his losses coming to a wrestler in Georgia. But about that loss – it was a sobering one for Watkins, a 7-3 decision to Camden County’s Brandon Orum in the Class 7A finals at 120 pounds at the GHSA Traditional Wrestling State Tournament in mid-February after Watkins had defeated Orum earlier in the season.