DeShawn Barrett can't leap tall buildings in a single bound, especially the way he was limping around yesterday. But in going from wrestling singlet-to-football uniform-to-singlet again in a four-hour span, the Patterson senior mimicked Clark Kent's quick-change act.
Barrett pinned three opponents in the first period at Parkville High, then drove with his father, Steve, 20 minutes to play in an all-star football game at St. Paul's. After injuring his left ankle in a game his team won, Barrett returned to Parkville, pinned Sparrows Point's Evan Pritchett in 1:58, and took home the gold medal at 215.
A tight end, "I was trying to make a touchdown catch and twisted my left ankle. I hadn't planned on getting hurt," said Barrett, who is 5-0 with as many first-period pins and whose 189-pound teammate, Ronnie Williams (4-1), had four pins to join him in victory. "I went as hard as I could. I wanted it too bad to let this injury bother me."
The 19-team tournament was won by eighth-ranked, five-time Class 2A-1A state champion Owings Mills (204.5 points), which crowned freshman Cody Rosenstone (103), sophomore Ben McCree (160) and seniors Ryan Nash (135), Eric Vinores (140), Mike Kessler (152) and Will Norat (275).
Vinores, Kessler, Norat and McCree, a junior league state champ last season, are 5-0. Rosenstone and Nash are 4-0. Runner-up Loyola (189 points) crowned Rob Mister (119) and James Davies (130), the latter pinning all four of his rivals.
Vinores trailed 4-0 early, but defeated Eastern Tech's former state finalist, Chris Clark, 8-4. Vinores led for good, 5-4, after a second-period reversal and three near-fall points - the latter off a cradle pinning hold.
"I wasn't going for the cradle at first, but it was right there," Vinores said. "I think that wore him down a little for the rest of the match."
Nash blanked Bryce Reem of Archbishop Spalding, 3-0, for his title after Reem (3-1), a Mount St. Joseph transfer, had beaten county runner-up Kyle England, 2-1, in the semifinals. Kessler had a pin and outscored three others by a combined 49-5; McCree pinned three opponents and beat a fourth, 7-0; Norat had three pins; and Rosenstone had two pins and two decisions.
In other bouts, Catonsville's Alex Broadwater (145) moved to 4-0 by pinning one opponent and beating two others by a combined 34-2; Sparrows Point's Alex Weber (125) earned three pins and a major decision to move to 5-0; Pikesville's Asa Kurland (171) avenged a loss by winning a battle of unbeaten wrestlers, 9-5, over Parkville's Razzaq Muhammad; and Spalding's Chris Laidley (112) posted his fourth pin in as many bouts at 3:03 over Owings Mills' previously unbeaten Won Jin Cha.