Barrett edges Virginia champ to reach final of national meet

Patterson 215-pounder prevails with late reversal


High Schools

April 03, 2005|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Patterson's Deshawn Barrett, The Sun's All-Metro Wrestler of The Year, scored a reversal with two seconds left for a 9-8 victory over Virginia state champion Brent Jones yesterday, earning a berth in tonight's 215-pound final of the National High School Coaches Association Tournament at Public Hall in Cleveland.

It was Barrett's second win of the year over Jones, who was 51-1 with 41 pins (183-15 career) coming into the match. Bound for the University of Virginia on a full scholarship, Jones was ranked No. 2 nationally on March 13, when Barrett defeated him by a 23-8 technical fall.

"He was riding high, but he slipped off when I hipped into him and got behind him for the win," said Barrett, who will meet Ohio state champion Jason Marshall in the final. "I made a few more mistakes this time, but there was never a doubt in my mind I would win."

Barrett (41-0, 34 pins) had an even more significant win to reach the semifinals, as his double-leg takedown secured a 6-4 overtime upset of Oklahoma's Jared Rosholt, the nation's No. 1-ranked 215-pounder.

Rosholt entered the match with a 41-0 record this season (189-4 career), having won four state titles - two each in Idaho and Oklahoma. Jared will wrestle on a full scholarship for NCAA champion Oklahoma State, where his older brother, Jake, is a two-time NCAA titlist.

"It feels incredible. I can't describe it," said Barrett, whose win over Rosholt guaranteed him a top-eight finish and high school All-America honors. "A lot of people weren't sure I could do it, but I think I've proven myself."

Barrett became Baltimore City's second All-American, joining Southwestern's Walter Reed, a national high school champion in 1991. Barrett is attempting to become Maryland's first national champ since McDonogh's J.R. Plienis in 1996. The area's only other area national champs were Archbishop Curley's Gene Curran (1990) and Northeast's Marty Kusick (1995).

Barrett is 72-2 with 62 pins over the past two seasons, including a 43-bout winning streak dating to his junior season, when he lost his Class 4A-3A state semifinal, 5-1, to the eventual state runner-up, Bummi Omatode of Paint Branch. Barrett's only other loss that year was to Broadneck's Tyler Moyer, who defeated Omatode for the state title.

Barrett prepared for the event at Patterson coach Chris Stalker's family home in Medina, N.Y. Barrett trained at Stalker's old high school with Stalker's former coach, Craig Gross, his brother, Eric Gross, and brothers Kevin and Dan Root - all of whom have college wrestling experience.

"We lifted, trained, ran and generally ate well," Stalker said. "And we worked Deshawn real hard. He came to the tournament with his best technique and in the best shape of his whole career."

Barrett had pins in his first three bouts, all in the first period, in a combined 3 minutes, 34 seconds. On Friday, Barrett decked Texas state runner-up William Fortner in 1:24. He followed that victory by taking just 1:20 to finish off Missouri's third-place state finisher, Frank Herbert. Yesterday morning, Ohio's Mark Sexton lasted only 50 seconds with Barrett.

Luke Broadwater contributed to this article.

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