Walbrook routs St. Mary's for MSA 'B' title

February 10, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Wavie Gibson, who teaches chemistry and biology at Walbrook, also has turned his Walbrook wrestling room into a classroom.

There, Gibson, a 28-year-old former state champion at Mardela High, says he teaches "being good people off the mat, getting good grades" and a relentless pursuit of one's goals.

With their 42-22 victory over B Conference rival St. Mary's yesterday, the visiting Warriors (12-0, 10-0) accomplished an additional goal -- repeating as Maryland Scholastic Association champions.

"Coach emphasizes the basics and working hard, always striving and to never quit that's what counts," said Walbrook junior Jamil Stokeley (160 pounds, 20-4), whose 11-0 decision -- which put the match mathematically out of reach, 36-12 -- was followed by David Thomas' third-period pin at 189.

For the Saints (10-5, 9-1), 171-pound Scott Thompson (27-3, 12 pins) won his 16th straight match, 15-6, over Kevin Forrester (23-4). The former heavyweight and 189-pound wrestler is unbeaten at 171. His heavyweight teammate Chris Price scored a first-period pin.

"They just pummeled us," said Thompson, a member of last year's Saints, who were two-time champs before being dethroned by Walbrook. "You could hear how pumped they were when they came in. We thought our home crowd would help us, but they had an incredible day."

St. Mary's trailed 26-6 after the first seven bouts, getting only a 103-pound forfeit before Pete Church's first-period pin at 152 made it 32-12.

The Warriors' onslaught began with technical-fall victories from Kevin Hughes (112, 12-4) and Dana Harris (119, 10-0) before Tremaine Horton (125, 9-2) won a pivotal bout, 16-14, in overtime over the Saints' Brian Koehler.

"Tremaine was a last-minute sub," said assistant coach Roland Smith. "Our regular guy moved to North Carolina Saturday."

The Warriors' best wrestler, George Chandler (130, 21-2), scored a first-period pin, and their second-best man, Kevin Muldrow (135 20-4), won, 14-2, over Dan White (20-5). Mark Hollingsworth (140, 13-2) scored a decision and Wesley Brown (145) pinned Mike O'Neil in 5:26 before Church scored the Saints' second victory.

"We've been talking about this since last year, when people didn't think we were supposed to win it," Gibson said. "People didn't start to give us a look until maybe four or five matches into the season, but we knew within ourselves what kind of team we had."

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