Poly shocks Mervo, 40-25, handing the Mustangs their 2nd dual-meet loss; Upset clinches 3rd title for Patterson; tourney Sat.


Poly's Josh Vizzi decked Eric Gainey at 3 minutes, 48 seconds of their 160-pound bout yesterday as visiting Poly shocked Baltimore City league rival Mervo in a 40-25 rout.

Also pinning for Poly, which held an insurmountable 34-16 lead after Vizzi's fall, were Charles Kratz (135), Andy Posil (140), Lonnie Williams (145) and George Hopkins (171).

Mervo (13-2, 7-2) entered the match hoping to clinch the league's dual-meet title after last week's 33-30 upset of previously unbeaten Patterson (8-1). But the Engineers (10-7, 8-1), earlier losers to Patterson, were in a pinning mood.

"Against Patterson, we rolled over, got pinned," said second-year coach Kirk Stehman. "Today, we gutted it out."

And as a result, Patterson wins its third straight duals title and can claim its third city tournament crown at Mervo Saturday.

Poly won four straight bouts for a 28-10 lead entering the 152-pound match, getting Kratz' first-period pin, second period falls by Posil and Williams, and a major decision by Sean Gallagher (130).

Mervo was within 28-16 after a 43-second pin by city champ Taven Phillips (152), but Vizzi gave the Engineers an unsurmountable lead.

For Mervo, heavyweight Sean Brown, younger brother of former three-time city champ Aaron Brown, upset city runner-up Dennis Scott, 10-7. Scott is the No. 1 seed for tomorrow's tournament; Brown is eighth.

Mervo's Ronald Boyd (189) had a pin, Robert Poole (119) and Jermaine Justice (125) had major decisions, and Tavon Williams (112), a decision.

"We have some first-year guys who don't have fight yet," Phillips said. "They're in WWF mode."

Pub Date: 2/19/99

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