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Southwest DeKalb wrestler Yasin repeats
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Staff / Maurice Dixon<br>Southwest DeKalb junior Abdur-Rahman Yasin capped his perfect season by winning the Class AAAAA 152-pound wrestling title.
Staff / Maurice Dixon
Southwest DeKalb junior Abdur-Rahman Yasin capped his perfect season by winning the Class AAAAA 152-pound wrestling title.
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Southwest DeKalb junior Abdur-Rahman Yasin added his name to the recent list of DeKalb county wrestlers to repeat as state champion.

After winning the 145-pound Class AAAAA title in 2013, Yasin captured the 152-pound crown in Loganville during the latter part of February.

“The hard work paid off,” Yasin said. “All the hours of practicing and putting in work has paid off so I’m happy with that. I’m not satisfied yet. I’m looking for a third straight title next season.”

In the past nine years, the only two other wrestlers to repeat in the county school system were Southwest DeKalb’s Dequan Warner (2006-07) and Clarkston’s Terrance Gaddy (08-09).

“When I was in middle school Dequan Warner was here at Southwest DeKalb and I looked up to him,” Yasin said. “When I was younger, I would always tell him I’m going to be better than him and I still believe I will be when I’m done here.”

Over the past two seasons, Yasin has an 84-1 record, including a 42-0 mark after tournament victories over Greg Gilbert (Washington County), Hunter Hargis (Loganville), Zach Winter (Flowery Branch) and finally Jacob Robinson (Allatoona).

“I knew that I was a favorite to win it,” Yasin said. “My coaches just stayed on me and let me know all I had to do was make weight and I would win state. My coaches believed that. I believed that. So I just made weight and went in there and dominated.”

Yasin quickly disposed of his first two opponents and surprisingly his final opponent but Flowery Branch’s Winter made him work.

“He was a pretty tough kid,” Yasin said. “I took him down twice in the first period. I always knew I had the lead so I wasn’t worried about losing. I just kept coming at him so he couldn’t come at me. I just stayed under him.”

Next year, Yasin plans to compete at 160 pounds.



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