Dunbar earns tie with Carver to end MSA B losing streak


December 11, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

With five of its six victors gaining falls, visiting Dunba overcame three forfeit losses against Carver yesterday for a 36-36 season-opening tie.

The draw ended a two-year, 16-match losing streak against Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference wrestling foes.

"We lost key matches at 189 and 125. I was definitely counting on those two to win," said Carver's second-year coach Damon Matthews. "This is better than losing, but we should have beat them. They got a good welcome into the B Conference."

Trailing 12-6 after three bouts, Carver (0-0-1) -- last year's C Conference champion with a 6-0 record -- swept five of the next six bouts for a 30-18 lead after two forfeits, decisions by Recieo Thomas (125) and Carnell Dargon (145), and a 53-second pin by Phillip Goodwin (152).

But pins by Dunbar's Martius Harding (160) and William Brady (171) tied the match at 30 with two bouts left.

Carver led 36-30 after Kama Owens (189) planted Omar Owens with 31 seconds left in their match, so only Dunbar's muscular Hollis Roberts was left to end the drought.

"Whether it [the streak] was two years or three years, I didn't really know," said Roberts, who took just 52 seconds to finish a much heavier Andre Neal. "I just knew I needed a pin, so I just went out and got it."

Dunbar (0-0-1) yielded forfeits at 103, 135 and 145 pounds and received a forfeit at 112.

The teams traded forfeits in the first two bouts, tying the match at 6. Then, defending MSA champion Bruce Pendles, weighing just 107 pounds, pinned 119-pound Jerry Reaves in the second period.

"He [Reaves] was all muscle, and I'd beat him on skills anyway," said Pendles, a sophomore ranked No. 2 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association. "That pin helped us down the road."

Poets wrestlers got the initial takedown in six of the nine contested bouts, with Heomondoz Thompson (130) also gaining a fall.

"I didn't expect my 119 to get pinned, but he [Jerry Reaves] wrestled a good match," said Carver's first year coach Clinton Jenkins.

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