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Mabe knocked out after two rounds in state tournament / February 18, 2019
Comet wrestler Tyler Mabe has had a very successful career, but it ended after two rounds at the state tournament.

In the first round, Josh Crandall pinned Mabe in 1:48. In the first round consolation, Brandon Battista (pinned Mabe 4:14.)

“For starters I just wanna say that this was an awesome experience for both me and Jay Cole as coaches, and for Tyler Mabe who competed and Tyler Hudson who went with us as well. None of us had experience states before. We have all been part of some big tourneys before, but this was an event that was completely different for any of those. The thing had that big event feel just walking through the doors the first night. I don’t think it’s anything that we will ever forget,” said Riddle.

“Mabe had a tough draw for his first match. Crandall lost a 9-7 decision in the semifinals the next day after his match with Mabe and came back to finish third in the tourney. Not only that but he was a state champion last year at 138. So we knew that it was going to be tough going in. Still Tyler fought hard during the match and came close to making it into the second period. He prevented several near pin situations during the match,” said Riddle.

“As with any match at states the second was not easy either. Battista had just lost a close match in the first round, and wrestled a smart match again Tyler. He fought hard through all three periods but simply got stuck near the end.

“As much as we hated to see Tyler’s career as a Blue Comets wrestler come to an end, Cole and I can’t say enough about what he has accomplished for us. From just missing out on regionals freshman year, to qualifying as a sophomore, to finished fifth and one spot away as a junior, to making it to States as a senior speaks volumes for what hard work and dedication can do. He came to us after every season talking about setting a goal of accomplishing more the next year, and the goals that he set came. It should serve as an inspiration to any young athlete that comes up short early in their career. Keep digging and put in the work and good things can happen.

“This was also big for our program. It has been awhile since we have been here. Not for lack of good wrestlers. I can probably fill up a whole page in the newspaper with the names of ones who have gotten to a spot or two from qualifying in the past. The old AAA Northwest Region and the current 5D simply have a lot of historically good programs in Virginia high school wrestling. Hopefully the aspiring young wrestlers in our county can look up this and use it to motivate them as they move forward in their wresting years,” said Riddle.

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