Douglass' Brown makes most of chance

Suddenly, he's a champ

Patterson again prevails


February 17, 2002|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It was definitely better late than never for Douglass' Darrell Brown.

Unable to participate in meets and tournaments during the regular season because of grades, Brown made the most of his opportunity in the Baltimore City wrestling championships last night at Northwestern, claiming the 152-pound championship.

Brown handled last year's runner-up, Kevan Fletcher, of Patterson in a 19-5 major decision to earn Outstanding Heavyweight Wrestler honors.

Though he was academically eligible to wrestle, Brown's parents wanted him to improve his grades in a couple of courses before allowing him to return to varsity competition.

"I was working so hard for this," said Brown, who won his first two matches by pins. "I came in here with the lowest record. Nobody really knew me."

Over the winter, Brown has been allowed to practice, and participated in a couple of exhibition matches, including a take-down tourney at Poly, where Fletcher beat him. But Brown's talent had the respect of city coaches, who made him a No. 2 seed in the city meet.

"He's hung in there," said Douglass coach Cornell Hunter. "He's brought the younger guys on the team along. He's been a leader in the wrestling room, and by winning today, he's going to set an even higher standard for the team."

In the team competition, No. 14 Patterson continued its dominance, winning its sixth consecutive championship. The Clippers, who won the city dual-meet crown for the sixth straight season earlier in the week, ran up 200.5 points, 80 more than second-place Poly.

With senior Chris Price (171) winning his fourth straight city title, Patterson placed eight wrestlers in the finals. Seniors Dante Lovell (135) and Richard Dodd (140), junior Dominic Bullock (103) and sophomore Thomas Smith (189) also brought home titles for the East Baltimore school.

Carver's Anthony Spann and Edmondson's David Alcindor retained their titles. Alcindor claimed a 10-4 victory over Northern's Dominic Williamson at 160, while Spann defeated Darron Green of Lake Clifton for the second straight year at 125.

City got titles from Nelson Moody (112) and Bruce Eleszy (heavyweight). Mervo's Christopher Jones (130) and James Yancey of Northern (145) were also winners.

Forest Park sophomore Corey Lawson outlasted Patterson's Warren Brown (last year's 112 runner-up) in overtime, 7-5, to win the 119-pound title. Lawson was named Outstanding Lightweight Wrestler.

"He kept tying up with me and I had inside control on his left side," Lawson said. "I thought he was too strong and he would probably catch me. He was a real tough opponent, but I wanted it more than he did."

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