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Comets grapplers fall in home opener

It was a case of both good and bad for Halifax County High School in Wednesday night’s home-opening wrestling match against Tunstall High School.  The Comets lost 51-30, but Halifax County High School Head Coach Brady Taylor pointed out there were some positives in the contest.

“I don’t like to lose,” Taylor pointed out.

“I know the guys don’t like to lose. But, it’s one of those situations where even though we made some bonehead mistakes, they were mistakes of aggression, which we are not going to punish them for.

“We’ll teach them the right thing to do and move on,” noted Taylor.

“I thought as far as physical condition was concerned, we were in better shape (than Tunstall High School) and we didn’t back down from anybody. Those are two things early in the season that we really focus on. The fact they’re aggressive and are in good condition goes a long way.”

Halifax County picked up five wins in the match, with 126-pounder Ethan Collie posting the quickest win of the night, with his victory by a pin coming in just 14 seconds.

Comets 120-pounder Ryan Throckmorton, 285-pounder Johnny Thaxton, 132-pounder Parth Patel and 152-pounder Gannon Griffin also record wins with pins.

“We’re very impressed with Johnny Thaxton at heavyweight,” Taylor said.

“He pulled out a win over a pretty tough kid. Collie and Throckmorton did exactly what we expected of them.”

The Comets came close to pulling off another win when 195-pounder D.J. Irby took his Tunstall High School opponent into overtime. With the score tied at 2-2 at the end of the regulation three periods, the match went into “sudden death” overtime, with the Tunstall High School wrestler getting a reversal within the first minute to earn the two points he needed to break the tie.

“We’ve got some inexperience, but our experienced guys didn’t do what we expected of them tonight,” Taylor remarked.

“We lost a few matches we really should have won, and we were in a couple that could have gone either way and ended up coming out on the bottom on those, too.”

The Comets may get another chance to face Tunstall High School Saturday when the Comets travel to Tunstall High School to compete in the Tunstall High School Duals, which starts at 9 a.m.

Halifax County High School will wrestle in five matches on Saturday, with the opponents including Cary (N.C.) Academy, Greensboro (N.C.) Day School, Magna Vista High School, Bassett High School and Tunstall High School.

The Comets finished second overall in last year’s Tunstall Duals.

“We get to wrestle them (Tunstall High School) again Saturday, and I expect a different result,” Taylor said.

“We finished second last year. We expect to do that, if not better, this time.”



Tunstall 51 Halifax County 30

132 – Parth Patel (HC) pinned Stone Norton (T) 5:54

138 – Chris Johnson (T) pinned Austin Wendeborn (HC) 4:54.

145 – Smith (T) pinned Laquandre Kinzy (HC) 3:46.

152 – Gannon Griffin (HC) pinned Clark (T) 5:12.

160 – Motley (T) pinned James Anderson (HC) 1:59.

170 – Tony Burnett (T) pinned Reggie Jones (HC) 5:00.

182 – Jacob Barnett (T) pinned Kiaos Ragsdale (HC) 5:08.

195 – Glenn Oden (T) dec. D.J. Irby (HC) 4-2 (OT).

220 – Hunter Devall (T) pinned Ezra Walker (HC) 1:17.

285 – Johnny Thaxton (HC) pinned Watson (T) 2:32.

106 – A. Canavan (T) won by forfeit.

113 – Turpin (T) pinned Krunal Patel (HC) 1:36.

120 – Ryan Throckmorton (HC) pinned J. Canavan (T) 3:36.

126 – Ethan Collie (HC) pinned Ward (T) 14 sec.