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Comet grapplers score first home win


The Comets’ wrestling team won three of four matches wrestled and recorded its first home win of the season Tuesday against Randolph-Henry High School 46-23.

Halifax County took three of four matches wrestled, with the Comets or Statesmen awarded forfeit wins in the remaining weight classes.


Ethan Collie, wrestling in the 120-pound weight class, pinned his opponent, and Harrison Turnbull won in the 132-pound weight class.

James Anderson, wrestling in the 160-pound weight class, pinned his opponent, and Josh Reeves, in the 170-pound weight class, lost a decision to his Randolph-Henry opponent.

Comets’ coach Brady Taylor was pleased to get the win, but he had hoped for more matches the second time around against Randolph-Henry.

“We had one disciplinary issue, and the stomach bug hit us and we missed two other starters, but out of the matches wrestled we won three out of four,” said Taylor.

“We obviously would have liked to have given everyone a match, but it’s the first home win of the season for us and we’ll take it any way we can get it.”

Coming off the Rocket Invitational and heading into a key Western Valley District quad meet next week, Taylor assessed his team’s progress.

“We’re wrestling better and this weekend will be telling, we’re wrestling some good competition in Amherst (at the Lancer Duals).

“The district duals are next week, which will give us another gauge, but we’re improving.

“Ethan pinned his opponent, Harrison won up the major decision at 132, and James’ match was big after what happened last week, where he made a mistake and got pinned.

“James pinned his opponent tonight, and Randolph-Henry’s 160-pound wrestler is a tough opponent so were glad he pulled one out tonight.

“Josh Reeves had a couple of flashes but gave up too many points early on and couldn’t make it all up.”

Kiaos Ragsdale (182), Ryan Throckmorton (113), Parth Patel, Gannon Griffin (138) and Austin Wendenborn (145) picked up forfeit wins for the Comets in Tuesday’s match.