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Comet wrestling upbeat on chances

SoVaNow.com / November 27, 2019


Halifax County High School wrestling is back, with solid optimism.

“Halifax County Blue Comets wrestling is coming off a successful season. While our numbers were lower than we wanted last season, we had a majority of our wrestlers placing on the medal stand at the weekend tournaments, had four wrestlers with over 20 wins for the season, and capped it off with Tyler Mabe’s work to advance to the state tournament,” said coach David Riddle.

“The success of last year has been a point that we have stressed from the start, and has made the wrestlers hungry to duplicate the success of last season,” Riddle said.

Two of those wrestlers who had 20 plus wins last season return in Bryan Vicks and Alex Driggs. Vicks was the district tournament champ at 106 and had a great first season with the team.

“We are looking for him to continue that success from last season and advance even further this year. Driggs also had a solid season, especially as the year progressed. He is a complete student of the sport and has set the bar high as far as his season goals. If he continues to put in the work in the room he will get there,” said Riddle.

Colin Saunders had his season cut short by injury last season, but has a .750 record at the time of the injury and was coming along strongly. Halifax is looking for big things from Saunders.

The newcomers have shown a lot of promise in the room so far as well. Jacob Davis, Zyon Wilson, and Tavion Coleman have come to us from the football team and their successful season.

“All three are working hard and picking up things as we go along and show a great deal of potential. J.T. Francis comes over from cross country and has a great deal of discipline and willingness to learn. Leo Walter has been with us through conditioning and is growing each time he steps on the mat. Tia Waller and Sydnee Little have recently come to us as well and are beginning to pick up the basics,” said Riddle.

“We are also pleased to have Colin Mabe, Tyler’s younger brother out as an eighth grader. He has a ton of wrestling experience, and with the Piedmont District putting an emphasis on getting matches for the eighth graders prior to the varsity matches we should be able to get him a great deal of valuable mat time,” said Riddle.

Coach Jay Cole and Riddle are pleased to welcome Ryan Harris onto the staff as well.

Harris has a vast amount of experience on the mat both in wrestling and MMA and has been a great asset to the team.

“In losing Tyler Hudson and Tyler Mabe to graduation from last years team, we lose 167 wins combined over four seasons and more podium wins than I can count. That is always hard to replace. But this team is using their success and motivation to achieve the same things on the mat. We are looking to make noise in our new region and also to advancing more wrestlers to the state tournament this year,” said Riddle.



106 - Colin Mabe 8th

106 - Bryan Vicks SR

106/113 Tia Waller JR

113/120 Colin Saunders SO

126/132 Sydnee Little JR

132/138 Shawn Jordan JR

138/145 J.T. Francis JR

145/152 Alex Driggs JR

160/170 Jacob Davis JR

160/170 Leo Walter JR

220/285 Zyon Wilson SR

285 Taveion Coleman JR



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