By CHRIS TALBOTT AP Music Writer Not a lot of fans knew who Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Lorde were when we gathered a year ago to celebrate music with the Grammy Awards nominations.More >>
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WSFA 12 News reporter Hannah Lane is on the scene of a shooting in Houston County at this hour. Details are limited, but Sheriff Andy Hughes says the person is believed to have been shot in the chest.TheMore >>
The manhunt is over for a teenager suspected of shooting a man during a burglary Thursday. More >>
North Korea says it has deported an elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against the country.More >>
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Auburn University head football coach Gus Malzahn has agreed to a new, longer contract that includes a raise. The university announced Friday that it had "torn up" the five-year contract that MalzahnMore >>
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Take a look at mug shots of the most wanted criminals in the area, courtesy of Central Alabama Crimestoppers. Then call 334-215-STOP with information that may lead to their arrest.More >>
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CHICOPEE, MA (WSHM) -
Imagine moving to a foreign country, not knowing the native language, yet finding a way to excel and become the outright best at something.
Such is the case for one local high school wrestler, and there is a good chance we will be hearing more about him for years to come.
Abbas Tamaradze looks and sounds impressive on the wrestling mat.
Even more impressive is the Hampden Charter School senior's 52-3 record, which led him to the school's first state championship this season. As one would expect, the road to the title was not easy.
"Try to train every day, or twice a day," said Tamaradze. "Get the fitness in early and practice at night, two hours a day."
Tamaradze's personal story just might be harder than his training regimen. His family immigrated to the United States six years ago from Uzbekistan, and the teenager did not know English.
"Abbas had a lot of rough edges," said Hampden Charter School wrestling coach Rodney Smith. "Very talented, very gifted, he just needed to be guided in the right way. Give him some strategy, when to hit the right move at the right time."
If anyone knows about hitting those moves, it would be Smith, a U.S. Olympian who won the bronze medal in Barcelona in 1992. He sees a lot of potential in his star student.
"This is a life he has chosen to live," said Smith. "This is a path. When I was on that same path, my only quest was to put together that perfect match."
And as Smith guides Tamaradze to nationals this summer, and a possible international competition after that, the student told CBS 3 that he will listen to the teacher.
"Last year, during my state final match, was the only time I did not listen to my coach," Tamaradze stated. "I lost my match. I realized that if me and my coach stick together, I am going to go a long way."
Tamaradze won his title in the 132-pound weight class.
Following his tournament schedule this summer, he plans on enrolling in college to continue his wrestling career.
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Friday, December 6 2013 4:04 PM EST2013-12-06 21:04:18 GMT
A power outage is causing a traffic nightmare in West Springfield. A portion of traffic lights along Riverdale Street otherwise known as Route 5 are out. The affected area is from Morgan Road to BrushMore >>
Friday, December 6 2013 1:28 AM EST2013-12-06 06:28:26 GMT
A second case of disturbing animal abuse has been discovered involving a puppy's mouth tied shut. A man found a puppy in a box with filthy blankets in Kane Park in Gresham at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The puppyMore >>
A second case of disturbing animal abuse has been discovered involving a puppy's mouth being tied shut.More >>
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A Pathfinder Regional Technical High School teacher was in court on Tuesday facing accusations of sexual harassment on a student. Joseph Baldyga, 27, of Palmer, sat in an Eastern Hampshire District CourtroomMore >>
A Pathfinder Regional Technical High School teacher was in court on Tuesday facing accusations of sexual harassment on a student.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 4:37 PM EST2013-12-05 21:37:48 GMT
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Two million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords were stolen as part of a massive computer hack.More >>