Patterson tops Mervo, stays unbeaten

Sophomore Price clinches match for 7-0 Clippers


High Schools

January 07, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Patterson wrestler Chris Price admitted that he does "a lot of crazy moves out there" on the mat. Against Mervo yesterday, Price said he "did everything I could to get it done."

The 6-foot-1 sophomore used four different pinning combinations and scored 12 near-fall points en route to finishing Joe King at 4: 53 of their 171-pound bout, clinching a 40-26 victory at City League-rival Mervo in a battle of unbeaten teams.

A 33-30 loser to Mervo (4-1) last year, the Clippers (7-0) now have the inside track to their fourth straight conference dual meet and city tournament titles.

Price improved to 9-3, overcoming an early 2-0 deficit for a 16-4 lead. His repertoire included a double-overhook takedown to a backward roll into a double-grapevine. But the finishing touch was a "cement job" for an insurmountable, 40-20 lead.

"Coach [Troy Stevenson] said if I won, the match is ours," said Price, who moved up from 160. King "surprised me, but my long arms and body helped me to pull it out."

Mervo forfeited three bouts but closed with wins by Ronald Boyd (189) and Sean Brown (heavyweight). Boyd edged Ernest Davis, 1-0, and Brown stopped Kennard Wheeler, 7-3.

Mervo trailed 18-10 after five bouts, including forfeits to Patterson's Nelson Rivera (119) and Greg Murray (130). There also was a 56-second pin by Greg Saunders (103) over Mervo's previously unbeaten Eric Bethea (4-1).

Mervo's Tavon Williams (112) moved down from 119 for the first time this season, and his strength advantage was evident in a 15-7 win over Paul Eline that included nine near-fall points. Williams won the city title at 112 last season, and Eline was city champ at 103.

Mervo's Robert Poole (125) improved to 5-0, all pins.

Victories by Patterson's Antoine Harrison (135) and Caleb Moore (140) were part of a three-bout sweep that gave Patterson a 28-10 lead. Harrison bounced Jamal Garrison, 12-4, and Moore, a city and region runner-up, pinned previously unbeaten Rashaad Vance (4-1) to improve to 8-1.

Mervo trailed, 34-20, after sandwiching a 13-3 decision by Jermaine Justice (145) and a first-period pin by Brandon Everline (160) around a forfeit to Patterson's two-time city and region champ Richard Johnson (152), who is 8-1.

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