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Fairfax High School Student and Wrestling Team Profiled on WJLA Channel 7

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Photo of FHS senior Asliddin A of FHS wrestling

FHS Senior Asliddin A

Asliddin is one of many student-athletes on the Fairfax wrestling team who have immigrated to the United States. Asliddin emigrated from Uzbekistan when he was eight years old.
As a senior at Fairfax High School, Asliddin has become a contender for a Liberty conference title. He’s compiled a 25-3 record, and recorded two tournament victories this season, with one runner-up finish out of 70 wrestlers at the Holy Angels Invitational in Charlotte, NC. He’s earned Most Outstanding Wrestler honors

at the St. Stephens-St. Agnes Holiday Classic, and wrestler of the week accolades 3-times this season. 

Getting accustomed to western culture was a daunting task: he didn’t know the English language, he didn’t have any friends, and he had to assimilate into an entirely different schooling system. This was especially challenging since his family still spoke Russian at home.

In the summer of 2015, Asliddin moved from New Jersey to Fairfax where he joined the Fairfax wrestling program. Second year head coach Tanner Sewell and Athletic Director Nancy Melnick have invested in building the wrestling program at Fairfax and providing student-athletes with  various educational and developmental opportunities. With grants and support from the Eric Monday Memorial Wrestling Foundation, Asliddin has been able to capitalize on invaluable opportunities through the sport: traveling the east coast, visiting institutions of higher learning, working and learning from wrestlers at George Mason University. As a student-athlete from a one-parent immigrant household, wrestling has ultimately provided Asliddin a platform for future success in the United States.

Asliddin has applied to New York University, George Mason University, James Madison
University, and Virginia Tech. He plans to major in Computer Science.
“Asliddin is a remarkably resilient kid, and his commitment to growth is what makes him special,” says Coach Sewell. “His “American dream” story is not uncommon in our program, and I think he’s proven that capitalizing on the opportunities that wrestling provides can give anyone a platform for success in the United States.”

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