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Mealey is perfect with pins

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Corbetts Jerry Mealey works to turn North Marions Casey Roberts on his way to a pin in the 132-pound championship bout. PORTLAND — Corbett High junior Jerry Mealey made quick work on his opponents on his way to the 4A 132-pound wrestling title last weekend.

He scored on his first move sending North Marion's Casey Roberts to the mat only seconds after the opening whistle.

“I went into the match with my mind open,” Mealey said. “Whatever I saw is what I was going to do. He put the leg out there, and I took it.”

Before a minute had expired, Mealey turned his opponent for back points. Stuck in the center circle, Roberts had no path to escape. Mealey wrapped him up like a python and scored the pin as the clock went to zeroes in the first round.

“I kept everything tight and turned him to his back to get the five-second count,” Mealey said. “After that I just made things tighter and tighter until I got the pin.”

Mealey had his quickest bout in the first round, needing only 38 seconds to flatten Cascade's Quinn Legner. He added another first-round fall to finish Friday's session, and only Braxton Sue of Scappoose managed to make it into the third period before suffering a pin in the semifinals.

Mealey finished the season with a 27-0 record.