Mervo uses depth to win Eastside title Eight finish 4th or better

January 17, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Mervo coach Dwight Warren said he expected several of his wrestlers to qualify for the championship round of yesterday's Eastside Invitational.

Instead, he got only two.

With eight Mustangs finishing in fourth place or better, however, it didn't really matter.

Host Mervo came from behind to defeat second-place Northern and Douglass by 30 points, 118-85, claiming its third straight tournament title.

"We didn't expect to win, but I was counting on several of mwrestlers to be in the championships. I'm surprised it still worked out."

Mervo, which wasn't even in the top five after the semifinals, made up numerous points in the consolation round to overtake )) previous leader Northern by 26 points entering the finals, then held on for the win.

Larry Clary at 125 pounds and heavyweight Junius Myers were the lone Mustangs to take home titles.

It was solid efforts by 112-pounder Millard West, who finished fourth, and 119-pounder McAnthony Thompson, 135-pounder Tyrell Armstrong, 140-pounder Carlos Levine, 145-pounder Bryant Cromwell and 152-pounder Stacy Smith, all of whom finished third, that put Mervo over the top.

"I'm not surprised," said Clary, who defeated Edmondson's Chris Nesmith, 11-3, in the finals.

"We have a pretty good team with some good wrestlers. I knew we'd have a good chance."

While Mervo took top team honors, it was 112-pound Bruce Pendles of Dunbar who won the Outstanding Wrestler award for the second straight year.

Pendles, the defending Maryland Scholastic Association 103-pound champion and top seed, manhandled second-seeded Kuabena Bohanan in the 112-pound final, taking him down several times in the first period en route to a 15-0 technical fall.

"Everything just went my way," said Pendles. "He didn't have any kind of defense."

Warren said not having an abundance of champions took little away from the thrill of winning.

"It's equally rewarding," he said.

"I figured the competition was fairly even. It feels good."

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