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Comet grapplers place two in state tournament / February 17, 2020
The Halifax County High School Blue Comets’ wrestling team advanced two grapplers to the VHSL Class-4 state tournament while participating in the VHSL Region 4D Wrestling Tournament over the weekend.

Alex Driggs (26-5) placed second and scored 16 team points in the 145-pound division. Driggs received a bye in the quarterfinals before defeating Blacksburg’s Logan Vance by decision (9-2) in the semi-finals to advance to the championship round. Floyd Wells out of Jefferson Forest would best Driggs by decision.

Zyon Wilson (16-6) placed second and scored 16 team points wrestling in the 285-pound block. Wilson received a first-round bye and won by a 13-12 decision over Salem’s Reggie Brown in the semi’s, ultimately losing the final round to Willie Jarvis (23-14), of Amherst County, by fall in 1:12.

Other Comet wrestlers who competed at the Region D tournament were: 120-pounds, Colin Saunders (21-10) placed fifth and scored 9 team points; 138-pounds, James Francis (3-22); 160-pounds, Leo Walter (8-18); and Jacob Davis (11-14) in the 170-pound division.

Wrestling coach David Riddle is pleased with the success of the guys and how the program has grown.

“We talked from day one last year about the fact that Tyler Mabe broke a long drought for the program on making states last season, and how we were aiming to add to that total this season,” Riddle said. “Driggs and Zyon came out in a big way to accomplish that goal and have Blue Comets Wrestling taking two this year.

Riddle noted that both Driggs and Zyon took advantage of first round byes in the quarters due to their high seeds and came out and both wrestled solid matches in the semis to pick up the win. Each had control for the entire match and did what they needed to do in the third to pick up the victories and advance to the finals.

“Driggs had a hard fought 7-0 loss against Wells from JF, who was a regional champ last year,” Riddle said. “Zyon fought strong in his match as well but just got stuck after being taken down. Still, both will go in as two seeds in the tourney which should benefit them in the brackets.

“Colin (Saunders) won his quarters match, lost to a finalists in the semis and lost a close match in the consolation semis. But we were pleased for him to come back and win his fifth place match. A lot of wrestlers fold in that match knowing that they are out of state contention at that point so he showed tremendous character by finishing strong.

“The entire team fought hard today, even in their losses. Driggs was the only wrestler with regionals experience, so the whole group got to see what it was about and be ready for next year,” said Riddle.

“Cole, Harris, and I are extremely pleased with what Driggs and Zyon accomplished out and we will get back in the room next week and get prepared for states.”

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