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Comets grapplers have tough finish in tournament

The Halifax County High School wrestling team had a tough time of things in the Northwest Region Wrestling Tournament at Forest Park High School In Woodbridge, finishing 24th in the field of 27 teams. Only two Comets wrestlers, Ethan Collie, competing in the 120-pound weight class and Parth Patel, competing in the 126-pound weight class, won a match in the tournament. None of the eight Comets wrestlers competing in the tournament qualified for the Virginia Group AAA State Tournament.

Both Collie and Patel lost their first-round contests, but came back to win their first match in the consolation bracket. The two Comets wrestlers lost in their second-round consolation bracket matches.

The other members of the Comets wrestling team that competed in the tournament, Harrison Turnbull (132), Gannon Griffin (138), James Anderson (160), Tommie Hairston (170). Kiaos Ragsdale (182) and Ezra Walker (220) failed to win either of the two matches they competed in.

Colonial Forge High School won the Northwest Region Tournament for the 11th year in a row and qualified 11 wrestlers for the Group AAA State Tournament. The winners tallied 276.5 points, and finished well ahead of tournament host Forest Park High School, which had 166.5 points.

Western Valley District Tournament winner Franklin County High School finished third with 158.5 points, and was the highest finishing team among the Western Valley District teams. Franklin County High School qualified six wrestlers for the Group AAA State Tournament.

Team scores

1. Colonial Forge 276.5, 2. Forest Park 166.5, 3. Franklin County 158.5, 4. Osbourn Park 137, 5. Stafford 105, 6. Freedom South-Riding 95.5, 7. Orange County 88, 8. Mountain View 77.5, 9. Osbourn 76.5, 10. Broad Run 75.5, 11. Battlefield 66, 12. Patrick Henry 51, 13. Patriot 46, 14. Stonewall Jackson 39.5, 15. North Stafford 36, 16. Hylton 35, 17. Riverbend 33, 18. Brooke Point 29, 19. Woodbridge 27, 19. Potomac 27, 21. George Washington-Danville 26, 22. Freedom-Woodbridge 18, 23. Gar-Field 8, 24. Halifax County 6, 25. Massaponax 2, 26. William Fleming 1, 27. Albemarle 0.