Poly heavyweight seals win over Mervo Mason pins Brown for 33-31 Engineer victory


Last night's rematch of last year's city heavyweight title bout yielded different results for Poly's Anthony Mason.

Mason overcame a 3-0 deficit to pin Mervo's Aaron Brown with 57 seconds left in a 33-31 interdivisional win for the visiting Engineers.

"He beat me twice last year, and this was my first match of the year," said Mason, who must lose weight to reach the 275-pound limit. "I have a bad wrist and ankle, but I was all right enough to win."

A decision by Wayne Frazier (160 pounds) made it, 27-19, Poly, with three bouts left. Then Mervo went ahead for the first time, 31-27, after Rashaan Torian (171, 11-2) received a forfeit, and Travis Williams (189) pinned Dale Martin with six seconds left.

Mervo (5-1) is the two-time defending city duals champ, and Poly (2-2), the two-time defending tournament champ.

Poly overcame much in the match. Its starting 189-pounder, Mike Bayne missed weight by half a pound. Another wrestler was disqualified for having too much facial hair, an infraction that cost his team a one-point deduction.

Poly led, 12-0, after receiving forfeits in the first couple of bouts. But Terry McNair (119, 12-3) made it, 12-6, by planting Yusef Alvez with 11 seconds left, and Mervo's Garfield Thompson (125, 9-3), a 119-pound regular, made it 12-9, with an 8-2 decision over Poly's Reed Cooper.

But Poly 130-pounder Jarmahl Long pinned in 1:55, and Rob Hairston (135) edged Jerry Neblett (135), 5-3, for a 21-9 lead. Mervo trailed, 23-19, after the next three bouts, including Poly's Bryant Henson (145), nipping Taven Phillips, 8-3. Henson usually goes at 135. Also included was a 10-0 decision by Mervo's Bryan Cromwell (152, 11-1 ).

Mervo's Millard West (140, 11-1) then won by disqualification over Lonnie Williams, who was not permitted to wrestle because he failed to adequately remove his beard in the two minutes allowed for injury time. Having been warned about it before the match, the official charged coach John Hammond for being responsible and deducted a team point.

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