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Members of the Halifax County High School wrestling team are, from left, first row, Lewis Pettus, Krunal Patel, James Anderson, Gannon Griffin and Ezra Walker. Second row, manager Katie Snead, Spencer Conner, Mister Higgins, Jarrett Messick, Luther Lacks and Manager Katie Wooding; third row: Ethan Collie, Zack Carlson, Carlos Throckmorton and William Beard. Third row, assistant coach David Riddle, Antwon Ragsdale, Jalil McDougald, Logan Blake, Kevin Boddie, Tommie Hairston and coach Brady Taylor. / November 20, 2012
Halifax County High School wrestling has good numbers, and a strong senior base.

The Comet wrestling team currently consists of 21 wrestlers.

Ethan Collie, Gannon Griffin, and Ryan Throckmorton return as senior co-captains this season.

“All three of them have put in a lot of hard work over the offseason and have three years of varsity experience. They provide the leadership we will need this season with the large number of first year and young wrestlers on the team,” said coach Brady Taylor.

Ezra Walker, Tommie Harriston, James Anderson, and Krunal Patel all earned varsity letters and last year and return for another season. Also, Laquandre Kincy, Jarret Messick and Zack Carlson are back after seeing some action on various levels last season.

“We will rely heavily on all the returning wrestlers to solidify our lineup this year, especially in the early part of the season while the new wrestlers are getting up to speed,” Taylor said.

“We also have 11 new wrestlers coming out this season. All of them will get a chance to wrestle off for a varsity spot and we will try to get as much mat time for each of them when we can.

“With the way the weight loss program seems to be working out this season, there’s a good chance that we will have a number of new wrestlers in the starting lineup for our first match,” Taylor said.

The Comets will have to make some adjustments in their lineups.

“Our lineup will have a few holes in it for some of the early matches while people try to get to the weights they need to be at. By the start of the second half of our season, we should be at the weights we will wrestle for districts,” said Taylor.

Taylor sees several positives as the grapplers prepare the season, which includes four home regular season matches.

“A lot of the new wrestlers are picking things up pretty quickly and the experienced guys are back to form. We have a lot to build on this season and I think we’ll be pretty tough. We’ve been throwing a lot of moves at them over the last week and getting some live wrestling in everyday at practice. We’ll spend Thanksgiving week adding a few more basic moves then do some refining in the days before we open with Person county and Nottoway.

“Both Person County and Nottoway are well-coached teams, so we know they’ll come ready to wrestle,” said Taylor.

“Athletically, we are in good shape, we just need to get more technical. We have a good group this year that seems to be very coachable, so we’ll be able to add new moves and situations pretty quick,” said Taylor. There’s one other final piece of business ahead as the Comets seek to establish a lineup.

“We will start wrestle offs this week and see who comes out on top. From there we’ll just push as hard as we can till the start of the season and hopefully turn in a good showing on the 28th,” said Taylor.

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