Walbrook pins down Mervo, 41-24 Wrestling

February 05, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

After losing, 41-24, to visiting B Conference rival Walbrook yesterday, Mervo wrestling coach Dwight Warren favored the Warriors in Tuesday's showdown at St. Mary's.

"I think Walbrook will win," said Warren of a team that averages more than 40 points a match. "We only lost to St. Mary's by eight and we gave up three forfeits to them. We gave up two forfeits against Walbrook, and they look good."

Walbrook (11-0, 9-0) dethroned St. Mary's (10-2, 9-0) for the league title last season, with the Saints having been two-time champs.

The Warriors led 23-6 after six bouts yesterday, yielding only a 103-pound forfeit and getting their own forfeit at 119.

Pins by Mervo sophomore Carlos Levine (145) and freshman Brian Cromwell (152) quickly trimmed it to 23-18, but the Mustangs put the match out of reach on a 26-second pin by Jamil Stokeley (160, 18-5), another Mervo forfeit to Kevin Forrester (171, 18-3), and a pin from David Thomas (189).

For Mervo (6-3 league), heavyweight Junius "Mooco" Myers remained unbeaten (14-0) with his 10th pin, of 260-pound Rob Folkes.

"I'm glad to be back," said the Warriors' Mark Hollingsworth (140, 9-2), whose technical fall signaled his return from disciplinary action by coach Wavie Gibson. "My head wasn't into wrestling, but now it is.

I'd been with this team for three years and I couldn't leave them."

Kevin Hughes (112) earned a wild 15-14 decision over Mervo freshman Millard West after building a 10-1 first-period lead and surviving two near pins.

A 9-4 decision by Dana Harris (125, 9-0) over the Mustangs' Larry Clary (10-3) followed, along with an 8-2 win by George Chandler (130, 20-3) over Mervo's McAnthony Thompson (10-3).

Walbrook's Kevin Muldrow (135, 17-4) used two takedowns -- including one in overtime -- to overcome a 4-2 third-period deficit for a 6-4 decision over Tyrell Armstrong (14-4).

"We have good lower weights and our upper weights have gotten a lot better," said Chandler. "We're thinking championship, and we think we can do this against anybody."

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