No. 13 Mervo takes aim at the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference dual meet title Wednesday at St. Mary's.
St. Mary's was the league champion before being dethroned by Walbrook, which held the title for two years but has been beaten by both teams.
Should the match come down to heavyweight, Mervo is in good shape with fifth-ranked Shawn Brodie (14-1, 11 pins), a 272-pounder who is unbeaten in the state.
A key bout could come at 130 pounds, where St. Mary's Josh White (26-4, 11 pins) could face Baltimore City runner-up McAnthony Thompson (15-0). White is coming off an 8-7 victory over Dunbar's previously unbeaten City and regional runner-up Hermondoz Thompson, who was fourth in last year's state tournament.
St. Mary's has recent Northeast transfer Dale Bowers (112-119), who went 22-5 with 16 pins as an Anne Arundel County runner-up last year.
Ashley Harrison of Boys' Latin notched three first-period pins to earn the 119-pound title and the Outstanding Wrestler trophy in a Jan. 29 tournament involving 10 schools at The Tatnall School in Wilmington, Del.
Harrison (19-1, 15 pins), a Maryland Scholastic Association runner-up last season, joined teammate Erik Fitez (152, 21-3) as the only champions for Boys' Latin. Harrison's only loss this season came by 8-5 to McDonogh's No. 6 Dave Trudil.
Ashley's twin brother, Mike (5-1), was a runner-up to Sussex Tech's Don Waters, who last year attended Arundel High along with his twin brother, Dan.
Mount St. Joseph's Danny DeVivo (160), a Howard County resident and the MSWA's co-No. 1 ranked wrestler, crushed McDonogh's then third-ranked Martius Harding, 8-0, in a match last weekend. The bout was a rematch of last year's Maryland Scholastic Association title bout, also won by DeVivo.
Harding, a Dunbar transfer, was a runner-up in last year's Baltimore City and 1A-2A state tournaments. His only other loss to a Maryland wrestler came by 5-4 against Rising Sun's two-time state champ, Jason Townsend, who is tied with DeVivo for the No. 1 ranking.
Rosedale resident Tom Gaylin, 43, was one of the nation's top 10 wrestling officials working the NCAA Division I dual meet championships in Lincoln, Neb., two weekends ago.
Gaylin also worked the title match won, 17-15, by Oklahoma State over Iowa. It was the fifth of six national duals in which Gaylin has been involved in, the fourth time he has worked the finals.
For the third straight year, Gaylin will work the NCAA tournament, at the University of North Carolina March 17 through 19.
A week after being pinned by Overlea's third-ranked John Fields, Curley's Adam Berk (145) upset Gilman's then sixth-ranked Greg Plitt, 5-4.