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Grapplers win pair in district Super Quad

The Halifax County High School wrestling team picked up a pair of wins and split their four matches in the season’s second Western Valley District Super Quad held Wednesday at William Fleming High School in Roanoke. Wednesday’s event was an improvement for the Comets, who picked up only one win in the season’s first district Super Quad held here at Halifax County High School.

In the quad held here at Halifax County High School, the Comets’ lone win came against William Fleming High School. Wednesday, the Comets repeated, defeating William Fleming 52-23 in the second round.

The Comets followed that up with a 39-30 win over GW in the third round. GW beat the Comets 52-24 in the first Super Quad here.

“As a team, we are getting a little better each week, and are continuing to work hard,” said Comets Head Coach Brady Taylor.

“Picking up the win against GW was something we had our sights set on, and we’re glad to accomplish that.”

Halifax County High School’s day got off to a tough start with a 74-6 loss at the hands of multi-time Western Valley District champion Franklin County High School. In the day’s final round, the Comets lost to Patrick Henry High School 52-24.

As a comparison, the Comets lost to Franklin County High School 73-6 and lost to Patrick Henry 60-24 in their first meeting against those teams.

Two Comets wrestlers Kiaos Ragsdale (182 pounds) and Johnny Thaxton (285 pounds), had a big night, winning three of their four matches.

Krunal Patel, Ethan Collie, Parth Patel, Harrison Turnbull, Gannon Griffin, Austin Wendeborn, James Anderson, and Ezra Walker all had two wins in the event.

“Kiaos should have done enough to earn the top seed at the Western Valley District Tournament,” Taylor said.

“He was 4-0 last time, and just slipped up against Franklin County. Johnny wrestled a tough match against GW and finally came out on top. That is the third time those two (wrestlers) have wrestled this season, and Johnny kept improving each match.”

The Comets will be back in action Saturday when they travel to Magna Vista High School in Ridgeway to compete in the annual Magna Vista High School Border Clash that will include some North Carolina teams.

“We have a tough individual tournament this weekend at Magna Vista, then we get a week off with no matches,” Taylor pointed out.

“We’ll use that time to refine everything, and then face Nottoway High School a couple of nights before the Western Valley District Tournament for a tune-up match. Hopefully we can continue to improve and send a few guys to the district finals and bring home some medals.