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Wrestlers pick up first win

SoVaNow.com / December 05, 2012
Halifax County High School wrestling split two non-district matches Tuesday night, including the first win of the season, a 60-24 victory over Amelia County.

HCHS also dropped a tough match to the Hargrave Military academy prep wrestling squad, 48-24.

“We wrestled pretty smart in both matches. Obviously, we’re really excited to pick up our first win of the year over Amelia. We came out aggressive, wrestled tough, wrestled hard. Good things happen,” said coach Brady Taylor.

The Comets regarded the Hargrave squad on about the same level as Person County, but the Halifax grapplers were competitive.

“We were in the Hargrave match. We lost some individual matches, but we had a lot of guys that didn’t get pinned, that just gave up decisions,” said Taylor. “We were in a lot more matches this week than we were last week.”

Taylor said overall the Comets are becoming better wrestlers.

“We have some athletes and now we’re starting to learn how to wrestle,” said Taylor.

James Anderson, Tommie Hairston, Ethan Collie, Gannon Griffin are returners who are really doing well, Taylor said. And there was more growth. “I think the light switched on for Ezra Walker tonight. He wrestled two really good matches and picked up two pins tonight. He’s going to benefit tremendously from having (former Comet standout) Shannon Wright being in the room. We brought Shannon in to work with Logan and Ezra some, and it’s paying off.

“Logan (Blake) looked good. He’s been aggressive, picked up his first win of the year,” said Taylor.

Spencer Conner, a new wrestler, is also looking good.

Taylor also noted Luther Lucks “wrestled an incredibly smart match tonight (doing) a lot of things right and well.”

Lacks wrestled 145 against Hargrave, while LaQuandry Kincy wrestled 145 against Amelia, after battling back from a concussion. Kincy got his first pin of the year.

“A lot of bright spots. Obviously, a lot of stuff to work on,” said Taylor. But there’s more enthusiasm in the room and the program appears to be ahead of where it was a year ago, especially with the new wrestlers.

HALIFAX - AMELIA.

The Comets started at 120, and Krunal Patel won by forfeit, to build a 6-0 lead. At 126, Spencer Conner won by forfeit, and then 132, Collie picked Joseph Hicks in the first period.

The Comets led, 18-0.

HCHS forfeited at 138. Kincy at 145 picked up a first period pin, and the Comets led 24-6. Griffin picked up a third period pin in a well-wrestled match at 152. That gave the Comets a 30-6 lead.

Anderson at 160 picked up a second period pin to make it 36-6, Comets. Hairston had a first period pin at 170, giving the Comets a 42-6 lead. Kevin Boddie lost at 182, but it was a 10-3 decision.

HCHS forfeited at 195, and Walker got a pin at 220, extending the Comet lead to 48-15. Blake then pinned his heavyweight opponent, and Halifax forfeited at 106. Zach Carlson got a forfeit at 113, giving the Comets a final margin of 60-21.

HALIFAX - HARGRAVE

The Comets started the match at the 132 weight class, where Collie lost 8-4 in a well-wrestled match. HCHS forfeited at 138. Lacks lost 4-0 at 145, and Griffin got pinned at 152, which made it 18-0.

James Anderson then pinned a very good Hargrave wrestler at 160, and Hairston lost a decision 10-3 at 170. Boddie got pinned at 182, and the Comets forfeited at 195.

Hargrave led, 33-6.

Walker got a pin at 220 to cut the Comet deficit to 33-12. Blake got pinned, as the Comets trailed, 39-12.

Halifax forfeited at 106. Carlson got a pin, which made the score, 45-18. Patel gave up a 5-2 decision, and Conner got a pin at 126. Hargrave won the match, 48-24.

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