Patterson cruises to City crown

Clippers pin down title for fourth straight year

February 20, 2000|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Patterson's Richard Johnson set a goal when the season started to finish it in spectacular fashion.

He had the best of both worlds yesterday, winning an individual title in the 145-pound weight class with a pin, and helping his team win the team title at the Baltimore City wrestling championships at City College.

The Clippers took their fourth straight City title, easily beating second-place Mervo by 103 points. Host City was third.

Johnson, who pinned his way through yesterday's tournament, won his third city title. He is one of three Patterson seniors who will leave the program having won the team title all four years (Michael Saunders, who finished third at 125 pounds and Kenard Wheeler, who won the 189-pound crown, are the other two).

"He gave me the opportunity, and I put him away," said Johnson of Douglass' Darrell Brown, whom he defeated in the finals. "I didn't work that hard for four years to let him get away that easy."

Patterson also had several other individual champions. At 130 pounds, Patrick Brooks won in spectacular fashion, rallying from a 4-2 third-period deficit to pin City's Jacques Colkley with four seconds left in the match.

"I wasn't thinking about the score, but I knew what I had to do," Brooks said. "My mother told me to bring her home a trophy, and now I will."

Other winners for the Clippers were Caleb Moore, who decisioned Rashaad Vance of Mervo, 8-6, at 140 pounds; Chris Price pinned Lintoine Briscoe of Dunbar at 160; and at 189, Wheeler pinned Antoine Boykins.

Mervo had three winners: Tavon Williams (112), Robert Poole (125) and Sean Brown (heavyweight).

Lake Clifton also had three champions: Darron Green (119), Gary Barclay (135) and Charles Faulkner (171).

Bel Air triumphs

Bel Air High School won its first Harford County Championship since 1982 last night in Aberdeen, outdistancing runner-up North Harford by 28 points.

The Bobcats crowned three champions: Erik Purpora at 145, Dave Jonczak at 160, and Jon Wainwright at 171.

"My brother was the captain of that 1982 team, and my sister was the manager," said Bel Air coach Craig Reddish. "This is a close-knit team with tremendous senior leadership. They've made my job easy."

Five Bobcats advanced to the finals, and won four out of five matches in the consolation round to score 177 points. North Harford crowned two champions -- Charles Angelilli at 140, and Dan Hoeck at 130.

Fallston edged C. Milton Wright by a point for third place. Wright's Will Hopson opened the finals by pinning Bel Air's Ryan Stephenson at 103, and Carter Hugo closed them with a pin of Bel Air's Mike O'Malley at 275. The Mustangs' Andrew Hugo also won at 152.

-- Bill Blewitt

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