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Baron grapplers return to action / December 26, 2019

The Bluestone wrestling team traveled to Goochland on Dec. 16 to compete in final competition before Christmas break and came up short in the quad match versus Nottoway, Amelia and host Goochland.

The Barons had some positives on the evening, but the inability of the squad to compete in all weight divisions — Bluestone fielded wrestlers in only seven of the 14 possible weight classes — played heavily into this loss.

Donnell Vaughn and VHSL 2A state champion Neil Clayton Jr. continued their solid performances from a week ago. Both grapplers were 3-0 at the match. The previous week Vaughn and Clayton went undefeated in a non-district tri-match against Armstrong and Hopewell High Schools.

The three wins for Vaughn brings his season record to .500 percent at 6-6. Clayton improved to 12-1 on the year.

The Barons coaching staff had high expectations for Landon Lyles, a junior, at the beginning of the season and Lyles has wrestled well throughout the season. He was 2-1 on Monday with his only loss coming at the hands of Nottoway’s Tyree Hawkee — a returning 2A state qualifier from last year. Lyles’ overall record stands at 6-5.

In an attempt to pick up team points in the match, Bluestone’s Darvion Nelson moved up a weight class to wrestle in the 170-pound division. Nelson entered the match with a record of 5-5, ended up going 1-2 on the night and is now 6-7.

Kevin Price rose above .500 percent mark at 6-5, taking one win over Amelia by pinning his opponent. Elijah Dennis and Hudson Moore, each with two wins, entered the holiday break at 3-1 and 7-4, respectively.

Bluestone Middle School wrestlers Blake Bohannon, who had the most matches with four, posted a night of 1-3.

Teammate Jason Boyd went 0-1. Bohannon is now 4-7, while Boyd (0-4) continues to work on getting his first season win.

The Barons will enjoy a lengthy rest from competition, returning to action on Jan. 4, when they travel to Pearson County High School (Roxboro, NC) to participate in a wrestling tournament.

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