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Oakley finishes in style; Poly wins championship


Senior Matthew Oakley's goal was that both he and Poly go out winners in his last Baltimore City wrestling match. He got to do just that.

The Engineers placed five in the finals, including Oakley, and won the Baltimore City wrestling championship by 53 1/2 points over second-place Douglass at Northwestern. Patterson finished third with 139 points.

As for Oakley, he ended his evening with a pin of Patterson's Ronny Williams 3:53 into the 171-pound championship for his second straight city title. Oakley won the 160-pound class last year before settling for a second in the state championships.

"He took me down, and that's the first time I've ever been taken down by a city opponent," said Oakley of Williams. "I got mad, and it made me work even harder. I saw him getting tired, and I went for it."

Oakley (20-0) said the Engineers badly wanted to defend the city title. Patterson had won the seven previous titles.

"I was a little worried this year," said Oakley, ranked fourth in his weight class by the Maryland State Wrestling Association. "We battled through a lot of adversity, but we came through again."

DeShawn Barrett came through for Patterson at 215. The senior pinned all four of his opponents in less than 45 seconds each to prevail in his weight class. He defeated Willie Cheeks of Forest Park with a pin just 34 seconds into their match. Barrett missed last season because he was academically ineligible.

"I lost in the city championship my sophomore year [when he attended Mervo], but last year helped me refocus," said Barrett, who is 24-0, with each victory by pin. "I worked hard for this, and I really wanted it."

The most exciting match of the day was at 125 pounds. Northwestern's Aaron Long took advantage of a mistake by City's Chris Lagree and pinned him 47 seconds into overtime.

"He tried to shoot, and I got him off balance," said Long, who finished fourth last year. "I flipped him and got the pin."

Walbrook had its only winner when Eric LeCount pinned Deon Roberts of Poly 2:36 into the 145 championship.

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