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Comets to send five to Region 5A wrestling tournament

SoVaNow.com / February 10, 2014
Five Halifax County High School wrestlers earned a spot in the finals of the Conference 16 wrestling tournament Friday, with three winning conference titles.

James Anderson won the 160 class, while Brian Debow and Ezra Walker earned conference titles in 170 and 195, respectively.

Jarrett Messick (182), and Jairus Marable (285) finished as runners up. All five wrestlers will compete in the Region 5A tournament this weekend at North Stafford High School.

The Comets, as a team, finished fourth in the four-team tournament at Orange County High School.

Patrick Henry (Ashland) won the tournament followed by Albemarle, Orange and Halifax.

Camey Conner(106), Crystal Haris(126), Krunal Patel(132), and Thomas Satterfield (138)all finished fourth to end their seasons.

“We are glad to see James, Brian and Ezra win titles. James and Brian both picked up first period pins in the finals and looked dominant doing it. Ezra had to wrestle a very tough and smart match to pick up the win. He made the right choices throughout the match and picked up the lead in the 3rd period, then pulled away with a pretty throw to seal the deal. Jarrett and Jarius wrestled well also. Jarrett hit Patrick Henry’s best wrestler in the finals, but pinned the second seed in the semis to earn his spot in regionals. Pork Chop made one slip and that was the match,” Comet coach Brady Taylor said.

“Camey, Crystal, Krunal and Thomas all had opportunities to pick up wins in the consolation matches to qualify, unfortunately we didn’t come out on top there. We would have especially liked to see Krunal qualify in his senior season, but it just wasn’t his day,” he said.

“We’ll go to regionals this weekend and try to finish in the top four there to qualify for the 5A state tournament,” Taylor said.

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