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Comet wrestlers drop three district matches

SoVaNow.com / December 27, 2017
Halifax County High School wrestling dropped three Piedmont District matches in the third round of regular season action last Wednesday.

Franklin County downed the Comets, 48-24. Patrick County also defeated Halifax, 54-19. Bassett routed Halfiax 69-12.

Forfeits and not being able to field a full lineup are an issue, but the Comets are competitive in some weight classes.

“We started out the night strong against Franklin, winning four of the six matches that were contested. Against Patrick County we were able to get three of the five, so we were still considering it a solid night overall. We slipped a little against Bassett, only winning one of the five matches that were wrestled. One of those losses was a very hard fought match at 52 for Tyler Mabe where he lost in overtime,” said Comet coach David Riddle.

“There were some positives from the night. Tyler Hudson had another great night, going 3-0 after having to wrestle in all three matches. He is now 9-0 in our Piedmont dual meets. Minjune was able to also go 3-0. A couple were forfeits, but he also wrestled his best match of the year in a solid 12-7 win against Franklin. Ballou and Mabe both picked up their first losses of the year against Bassett, but the two wins were impressive and even in defeat they had solid matches,” said Riddle.

“We knew that the dual meets were going to be a bit of a struggle considering the forfeits that we are giving up, but as coaches we were pleased to go .500 in the matches that were wrestled considering many of these guys have less than 10 overall bouts for their entire career. We are getting tougher as we go along. Even in the defeats we are not giving up points or pins as easily, and in a few of the losses we were up or close in points and just got pinned by mental mistakes,” said Riddle.

“We have the Rocket Invite up next, which is more of an individual weight class event than a team event. We should be able to show our strengths there and have quite a few wrestlers have podium finishes,” said Riddle.

By weight class: 106 Minjune Kim 3-0, 113 Chaia DeBow 0-3, 126 Jonathan Thornhill 0-3, 132 Preston McGhee 1-2, 138 Shon Ballou 2-1, 145 Tyler Hudson 3-0, 152 Tyler Mabe 2-1. Exhibition Ethan Martin 0-1.





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