Vikings scare Mervo, but lose, 40-33 Unbeaten Myers rescues Mustangs

January 12, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Since reading a story two weeks ago touting the unexpected cuccess of B Conference-rival Mervo, Northern coach Jerome Hester has boasted that his squad would win the match between the two teams.

Yesterday, the visiting Mustangs (5-1) made him eat his words in a 40-33 Maryland Scholastic Association wrestling victory, but not without a scare from the Vikings.

The Vikings (3-2) -- who yielded two forfeits to one for Mervo -- trailed, 28-21, with four bouts left. Adding in a forfeit at 189, the deficit became, 34-21.

But come-from-behind pins from Richard Jones (160) and Taeshawn McKnight (171) trimmed the score to 34-33.

Jones overcame a 4-2 deficit and finished Stacy Smith in 2:47, and McKnight -- who weighs only 145 -- survived a 5-1 deficit and nearly being pinned to stop Andre Williams in 2:36.

That left the heavyweight bout and Mervo's unbeaten Junius "Mooco" Myers (6-0, four pins) rescued his team with a pin in 1:24.

"I knew that if it came down to me, I had it," said Myers, a 200-pounder. "He [Darnell Jones] was trying to muscle me, but [I] slowed him down and waited for him to reach before I just stuck the [half nelson] in."

Mervo led 6-0 after Terry McNair (103) built a 9-1 lead and planted Ben Buchanan in 2:19. The Mustangs took a 12-6 lead after the teams traded forfeits in the next two weight classes. Northern's quick-moving Paul Johnson (125, 4-0) tied the match at 12 with a first-period pin -- his fourth of the season.

Mervo took a 16-12 lead after McAnthony Thompson (130) handed Ira Anderson (3-1) his first loss, 12-4. But the Vikings rebounded for an 18-16 lead as Ed Loyal (135, 4-0) pinned Mervo's best wrestler, Tyrell Armstrong (5-2), in 3:59, breaking a 10-10 tie. Teammate Joe Rankin's (140) decision increased Northern's advantage to 21-16. "Armstrong beat me by two points twice last year," said Loyal. "He gave me a run, but I knew I would win today."

Falls in identical times of 1:33 by Mervo's Carlos Levine (145) and Brian Cromwell (152) gave the Mustangs momentum and a 28-21 advantage.

"Even though four or five of our guys were sick, we showed that we have a good team," said Hester. "We're up and coming."

Mervo coach Dwight Warren continues to be surprised by his Mustangs.

"Armstrong had a severe flu and wrestled through that [for second place at the Boys' Latin tournament] over the weekend," said Warren. "But overall, this just seems to be the type of squad that continues to get better."

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