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Comets grapplers making progress

The numbers keep climbing for the Halifax County High School wrestling team.  After having started with 14 grapplers Monday on the opening day of practice and try-outs, Comets Head Coach Brady Taylor had 21 in the practice room Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s good to see the numbers,” Taylor said, “and the good thing is we’re expecting to pick up at least two more.”

Not only are the numbers good, it appears that the group is an athletically talented one.

“This appears to be one of the most athletic teams we’ve had in years, and hopefully we can get that to translate to more success on the mat,” Taylor noted.

Many of the new wrestlers that Taylor has in the fold are from the Halifax County High School football team.

“They are coming in in-shape which is a big benefit,” said the Comets’ coach.

“They all seem to be hard workers and are picking things up pretty well. We are expecting some major contributions from all of the new wrestlers.”

While Taylor has a good group of new wrestlers in the fold, he also has several wrestlers returning from last year’s team. Juniors Ethan Collie, Gannon Griffin and Ryan Throckmorton are back for what will be their third year. Sophomore James Anderson is back for what will be his second year, and seniors Reggie Jones, Kaios Ragsdale and Marquis Womack return for what will be their second season on the team.

“Ethan an Ryan are the captains of the team this year,” Taylor said, “but Reggie and Kaios will be looked upon to provide some leadership as well.”

The focus for the first few days has been on basic skills and fundamentals. When Monday rolls around, the real work starts.

“Right now we are focused on teaching some fundamentals,” Taylor noted.

“We hope to be ready to really crank things up next week. We have a lot of work to do.”