8-1 Patterson makes short work of Mervo

Winning first seven bouts lays groundwork, 64-10

Boys' Latin wins, 29-25

Wrestling

January 10, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Patterson was like clockwork yesterday. It took 15 minutes for the Clippers to erase any doubt about the outcome of yesterday's dual meet against visiting Mervo, and only 45 to complete a 64-10 blowout.

"I know they've [Mervo] got some talent, and they'll be a good tournament team by the end of the year," said Clippers coach Troy Stevenson, who credited junior Doug Owens for capping a sweep of the first seven bouts with a pin at 125 pounds for an insurmountable, 42-0 lead.

A 103-pounder last season, Owens improved to 7-2 with his fifth pin of the year.

"I practiced with him [Mike Winder] last year, so I knew he was pretty strong," said Owens. "I thought it was going to go all three periods, but I trained harder than last year and worked up to this."

Also earning pins were former junior league state runner-up Dominc Bullock (103), Tim Henderson (112), Donte Lovell (135), Kevan Fletcher (152), fifth-ranked city and regional champion Chris Price (171), Thomas Smith (189) and heavyweight David Grundahl.

Bullock, Fletcher and Warren Brown (119), who received a forfeit, improved to 13-1. Richard Dodd (140), who also won by forfeit, is 12-2. Grundahl recorded the fastest pin, in 51 seconds. Tony Hurt (145) had a 9-0 decision.

Patterson (8-1, 4-0 league) - winner of five straight Baltimore City tournament and dual meet titles - was coming off Monday's tri-meet routs of Edmondson, 58-12, and Woodlawn, 60-14, but was hammered, 48-9, by No. 1 Mount Hebron earlier in the season.

"We've improved a lot since then. We know we're the best in the city, but we still work harder than the next team," Bullock said. "We want to go beyond the city championships. We want states, regions. We want to win it all."

The only victories for Mervo (2-1, 2-1 league) were a major decision by Chris Jones (130) and a pin by Deshawn Barrett (160). Barrett, now 3-0, was named Outstanding Wrestler last season in completing his junior league state championship year with all pins and technical falls.

"We get everyone in the right weights, we're top three in the city. But a lot of people missed weight. Then to lose the first couple of matches by pin took a lot out of everyone," said Jones, who also improved to 3-0. "A lot of our guys were sick for most of the week. But we've got to come together as a team [in this weekend's] Boys' Latin tournament."

No. 6 Boys' Latin 29, No. 14 Mount St. Joseph 25: The Lakers (6-1, 2-1) won the four of the last five upper weight classes - three by major decision - to defeat the Gaels (2-2, 0-1) for the first time since 1985.

With 17 seconds left in their 112-pound match, Mike Corso earned three near-fall points to pull out a 7-5 victory over Tony Kovacevica, who pinned him earlier this season.

Mount St. Joseph won the marquee bouts, however, as Aaron Herwig (135) edged fifth-ranked Brian Saval, 6-4, and No. 2 Sam Lewnes (160) beat No. 1 Jerome Featherstone, 9-3.

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