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Comets grapplers land 3 wins


The Halifax County High School wrestling team had a big night Wednesday, defeating a trio of teams in a quad event at Heritage High School in Lynchburg.

Halifax County handily won over Randolph-Henry High School 57-12, edged host Heritage High School 42-35 and defeated Rustburg High School 42-33.


“It’s a good boost for the kids’ confidence,” said Comets Head Coach Brady Taylor.

“We went into it saying we were going to win all three (matches). We thought we could win all three, and we did.

“Randolph-Henry didn’t have a lot of wrestlers and forfeited eight weight classes, but we out-wrestled them in the matches that were wrestled. Both the Heritage and Rustburg matches were close matches. We did enough.”

Taylor said one of big focuses now is to get the individual wrestlers into position where they can win the matches that they should be able to win.

“I look at it kind of like the SOLs,” Taylor pointed out.

“We passed the SOL, but we didn’t get the 600 (perfect score). We didn’t reach our goal. We still dropped a couple of winnable matches. There are just a couple of things here and there that make a difference. The ones we should win, the matches that we have the opportunity to win, we should cash in on them.”

The trio of wins Wednesday night improved the Comets’ record to 7-6 on the season. Taylor noted that the wins were good for the team, especially in light of recent events.

“We had a lot of issues to deal with over the Christmas break,” Taylor pointed out.

“Our roster has changed a good deal, and we have smaller numbers now. To finally get out on the mat and wrestle and come back with three wins, we’re happy.”

Several of the Comets wrestlers had a big night that included a pair of wins. Among them was Parth Patel (126-pound weight class) who won both of the matches he wrestled despite a knee injury.

Ezra Walker (220) won two matches, with his lone loss coming at the hands of a more experienced wrestler from Heritage High School. Johnny Thaxton (285) had two wins. Kiaos Ragsdale (182) had a pair of pins, with his only loss coming when he wrestled up a weight class and lost to a wrestler that was 20 pounds heavier.

Also, Harrison Turnbull (132), who had been out of action due to injury and illness, scored a pair of wins in his first appearance on the mat this season.

After Wednesday night’s action, 10 of 12 Comets starting wrestlers have a winning record for the season.

“It has been a long time since we have had this many wrestlers with winning records this late into the season,” Taylor pointed out.

“I hope we can continue that trend.”

The trio of matches Wednesday night kicked off what is the “second season” for the Comets wrestling team, which has a full schedule as it follows the path toward the Western Valley District Tournament.

Next up for the Comets is the Rocket Invitational Tournament Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Person (N.C.) High School Roxboro, N.C.

“We have a lot of wrestling left and a short time to get it done,” Taylor said.

“The way our schedule is set up, we’re not preparing for the district tournament. Our win-loss record is important to us, but it’s all about getting the kids ready to wrestle tournament-style.”