Marrow's victory is a first for Patterson Heavyweight is initial regional champ for school

March 02, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Patterson's 5-foot-7, 220-pound Claude Marrow used quickness and balance to outmaneuver Annapolis' 6-4, 277-pound Anne Arundel County champ Nate Brooks (20-4), earning a 9-1 victory to become his school's first Class 3A-4A East region champ at Meade last night.

Marrow showed why he was chosen the Outstanding Wrestler at last weekend's Baltimore City tournament, where he won his third straight city title and led the Clippers to their first team title.

Wrestling with a chronic knee injury, Marrow scored his 21st and 22nd pins before facing Brooks, who had 17 pins.

"People underestimate me," said Marrow, 18, who improved to 27-2. Marrow was 189-pound regional runner-up last year. "This kid was bigger, stronger, had the leverage. But I prayed a whole lot before the match."

Marrow and teammates Leonard Bridgeforth (160, 28-2, second) and Richard Johnson (135, third) helped No. 13 Patterson (81.5 points) finish fourth in the 18-team field. First place went to No. 2 Arundel (191.5), which was followed by No. 6 Old Mill (132.5) and Annapolis (82.5).

Bridgeforth, also a city champ, dropped a 5-4 decision to Chesapeake's two-time region champ Carl Cicchetti (160, 24-2), who is ranked No. 4 in the state and finished fourth at last year's state meet. Cicchetti's only losses this year came via decisions to Curley's No. 1 Sal Aquia.

For eighth-place Southwestern, Andre Wooden (130, 28-4, second), Corey Rideout (125, third), Dominic West (171, third) and Jason Smith (135, fourth) all finished in the top four to qualify for next weekend's state meet at Western Maryland College in Westminster.

Wooden, another city champ, dropped his title bout, 12-5, to Arundel's Wayne Nichols (31-5). West lost his semifinal bout, 7-6, to eventual champ Chad Duncan (28-4) of Chesapeake, a two-time county and region champ.

Dunbar's two-time city champ Dennis Perry (140, 16-3) was runner-up for the second straight season. He led, 2-0, against Arundel's county champ Grahm Harris (30-2), but locked hands twice before allowing a five-point roll in the final 17 seconds of a 7-2 loss.

For Walbrook, city champ Thorn Brown (103) and Warren Matthews (140) placed fourth, and Northern's Obin Robinson (112) and Donyell Jackson (heavyweight) were third and fourth, HTC respectively. City champ Raashan Torian (189) was fourth.

Pub Date: 3/02/97

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