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Comets sixth in Rocket Invitational / January 06, 2020
Host Person County won the Rocket Invitational wrestling tournament with 143.5 points, with Chapel Hill second. Halifax County placed sixth in the event with 41 points.

Halifax coach David Riddle stressed the positive results.

“Last year we had a really rough go at it for the Roxboro tourney, as sometimes happens the first time on the mat after Christmas break. We were worried that some of the December injuries would also be lingering as well. But as a whole we had a much better tournament than we had last year,” said Riddle.

“To only have five wrestlers in today, to medal three, and have one other with a .500 record, and come out with a sixth place team finish was pretty impressive.

“Vicks was wrestling up at 113 today and came back with a win in his last match to come in third after a slow start to the day. Driggs had an excellent first match and wrestled hard in his championship match but just came up short to finish third. And Zyon was very impressive picking up two wins in his first dual tourney and actually tying for first with two other wrestlers but getting third when total points scored for team were calculated,” Riddle said.

“Saunders had a decent day as well to get to the third place match and end up fourth, and while J.T. did not win today he is continuing to improve each and every time he steps on the mat.

“This group has a lot of heart and keeps on fighting each time out. We will look to use the rest of January to continue to improve and gear up for the postseason,” said Riddle.

Team scores - Person 143.5; Chapel Hill 139.0; JF Webb 72.0; South Granville 70.0; George Washington 48.5; Halifax 41.0; Bluestone 28.0; Bartlett Yancey

19.0; Northern Durham 11.0; Vance 4.0.

Comet results by weight class:

113: Bryan Vicks (6-4) placed 3rd and scored 7.0 team points.

- Round 1 - Bryan Vicks (Halifax) won by fall over Christian Ramirez (George Washington) (Fall 1:50)

- Round 2 - Payne Garrett (Person) won by fall over Bryan Vicks (Halifax) (Fall 0:55)

- Round 3 - Moo Soe (Chapel Hill) won by fall over Bryan Vicks (Halifax) (Fall 0:33)

- Round 5 - Bryan Vicks (Halifax) won by fall over Carissa Peters (South Granville) (Fall 0:46)

120: Colin Saunders (13-5) placed 4th and scored 11.0 team points.

- Quarterfinal - Colin Saunders (Halifax) won by fall over Kameron Jones (South Granville) (Fall 0:27)

- Semifinal - Tristan Yunker (JF Webb) won by fall over Colin Saunders (Halifax) (Fall 0:48)

- Cons. Semi - Colin Saunders (Halifax) won by fall over Demarrion Kirby (George Washington) (Fall 1:13)

- 3rd Place Match - Porter Brice (Chapel Hill) won by fall over Colin Saunders (Halifax) (Fall 1:00)

138: James Francis (0-14) placed 5th and scored 0.0 team points.

- Round 1 - George Kittrell (JF Webb) won by fall over James Francis (Halifax) (Fall 1:39)

- Round 3 - Octavio Hernandez (Chapel Hill) won by fall over James Francis (Halifax) (Fall 1:23)

- Round 4 - Chestley Hargrove (George Washington) won by fall over James Francis (Halifax) (Fall 0:32)

- Round 5 - Davonta Warren (Bartlett Yancey) won by fall over James Francis (Halifax) (Fall 0:57)

145: Alex Driggs (13-3) placed 2nd and scored 16.0 team points.

- Quarterfinal - Alex Driggs (Halifax) received a bye () (Bye)

- Semifinal - Alex Driggs (Halifax) won by fall over Dillon Percario (George Washington) (Fall 1:01)

- 1st Place Match - Kevin Bell (South Granville) won by decision over Alex Driggs (Halifax) (Dec 9-2)

285: Zyon Wilson (6-3) placed 3rd and scored 7.0 team points.

- Round 1 - Zyon Wilson (Halifax) won by decision over Marcus Vincent (Person) (Dec 5-3)

- Round 2 - Triston Turner (JF Webb) won by fall over Zyon Wilson (Halifax) (Fall 1:04)

- Round 3 - Zyon Wilson (Halifax) won by decision over Cameron McCain (Northern Durham) (Dec 4-1).

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