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Wrestlers show respectable effort

South Boston News / January 29, 2018
Halifax County High School wrestling continued its season Saturday, with a respectable effort in Tunstall’s Jordan Amos Invitational.

Halifax lost four team matches, against tougher competition. Coach David Riddle came away with a positive view of the effort of the Comet grapplers.

Tyler Mabe took top honors at the meet in the 152-pound weight class.

“Again while the team score doesn’t show it, today was some of our best wrestling that we have seen all year. This was actually only the second tournament that we have competed in due to weather,” said Riddle.

“Prior to this, we could say that the Carroll County Invite was probably our best day all year. Today topped that. We were able to go 12-7 in our matches that were actually contested. Mabe finished the day 4-0 to come in first at 152. Jonathan, Hudson, and Rahquez all came in at 3-1 with Hudson picking up all of his wins on the mat and both Jonathan and Rahquez picking up two pins apiece. Jacob also had a solid day with two pins and he fought hard in his other two matches as well. And Chaia wrestled two of her better matches of the year before she had to bow out due to injury,” said Riddle.

“We were able to see some quality competition today and picked up a bunch of wins on the mat. That should help our confidence as we head into the postseason next weekend. With wrestlers coming back from injury and illness, we hope to have eight on the mat next weekend for the district tournament and hopefully make some noise at each weight class,” said Riddle.

Scores: Patrick County 54, HC 24; Liberty 36, HC 24; Hargrave 57, HC 18; Tunstall 54, HC 21.

Comets by weight class: 106 Chaia DeBow 0-2; 126 Jonathan Thornhill 3-1; 145 Tyler Hudson 3-1; 152 Tyler Mabe 4-0; 220 Rahquez Ford 3-1; 285 Jacob Abedeljalil 2-2.

On Wednesday, GW-Danville and Bluestone both defeated Halifax in a dual meet at the Comet gym.

GW downed the Comets, 54-21. Bluestone rolled to a 51-12 victory.

Comets by weight class: 106 Chaia DeBow 0-2; 126 Jonathan Thornhill 1-1; 145 Tyler Hudson 1-1; 152 Tyler Mabe 2-0; 195 Rahquez Ford 1-1; 285 Jacob Abedeljalil 1-1.

“Tonight pretty much mirrored our whole season to this point. We were very competitive in the matches that were actually wrestled, but once again we had to deal with injury and illness and the forfeits there really put our backs against the wall,” said Riddle.

“Against GW, we were 2-2 in the matches that we wrestled, and against Bluestone we were 2-4 with two of those losses going to the third period and one to the second. Even though the numbers game has hurt us, the group we put out there is putting there all into every match,” said Riddle.

‘We were impressed to see our guys making the first move in most of the matches tonight. In the past matches we have seen a lot of the opposite. Coach (Jay) Cole and I have pushed on them to be aggressive from the start and we saw a lot more of that tonight,” said Riddle.

“This was a good tuneup as we get closer to the postseason. GW and Bluestone both have some solid wrestlers who should make some noise in February, so it we were glad our guys got to face some of those kinds of opponents,” said Riddle.

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