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Comets finish third at GW bash

Ryan Throckmorton won the 113-pound weight class and the Halifax County High School wrestling team advanced eight wrestlers to the finals in finishing in third-place Saturday at the GW Eagle Bash.

The Comets lead the tournament after the first round, but couldn’t keep up the momentum and finished third overall ahead of Smith High School (Greensboro), according to Comets’ coach Brady Taylor.

Host GW won the tournament, with Bassett finishing in third-place.

“We held our own against Smith and Bassett, but GW really had our number today. We’ll see them enough this season, that we’ll have the chance to turn it around against them,” said Taylor.

Ethan Collie (126), Parth Patel (132), Laquandre Kinzy (145), Gannon Griffin (152), Reggie Jones (170), Kiaos Ragsdale (182) and Ezra Walker (220) all opened the tournament with wins, but fell in the finals to finish second, according to Taylor.

Halifax County High School also claimed two championships in the jayvee (“B” team) tournament.

Aaron Chandler (170) and Josh Reeves (189) both claimed titles in their first high school tournament.

“It was a good first day of the season in a lot of ways,” Taylor noted.

“We had some early success, had to fight through some adversity, made a few mistakes, and wrestled a lot of good matches.

“I honestly felt that we were in nearly every match throughout the day, with a chance to win.  The mistakes are correctible, and many of them had to do with trying too hard.”

“As a team, we only lost three matches in the first round in both divisions,” continued Taylor.

“Carlos (Ryan Throckmorton) wrestled a great tournament. I’m glad he started of with a championship, and he picked up pins in both of his matches.

“Many of the new wrestlers impressed us, and for Laquandre and Ezra to make the finals in their first match was an accomplishment. And both Aaron and Josh surprised us with how well they wrestled.”

The lineup Taylor put on the floor Saturday was not the one he intends to have later in the season.

“Our lineup was nowhere near what it will be later in the season,” said Taylor.

“We had a bunch of people wrestling up a weight class because of the new mandated weight control program.

“We actually had one wrestler not make weight because he was too worried about being underweight, that he drank too much water before weigh-ins and missed it by four-tenths of a pound.

“We have Tunstall coming in Wednesday night for our first home match, and they are usually a well rounded team, so we’ll have another challenge right away.”