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Youth wrestlers compete in Brookville Bees tourney

Halifax Youth Wrestling Association wrestlers competed in the 29th Annual Brookville Bees tournament held at Brookville H.S. in Lynchburg on Dec. 8.


Eight out of nine wrestlers received medals, according to Head Coach David Gibson.

“Collin Mabe, Duval Ballou, Tyler Hudson and Austin Carlson won first place in their respective weight classes,” said Gibson.  Each of these wrestlers has competed for at least two seasons.

“Shon Ballou, Tyler Mabe, Evan Elliot and C.J. Farley won third place in their respective weight classes.  Shon and Tyler have wrestled for four seasons and are now starting to see tougher competition as they progress into the middle school division.”

“Evan and C.J. are greenhorns and this is their second tournament of the year,” Gibson explained.  “Another greenhorn is Ken Fears.  This was his first tournament and even though he did not place he wrestled all three periods in each of his matches.

“Each time the greenhorns step on the wrestling mats they show significant improvement.  Their confidence grows with each match and their understanding of what it takes to compete in three to five matches in a day has helped them become better wrestlers.”

“We as coaches are understanding them, too,” Gibson continued.

“With each tournament we are able to see where our wrestlers’ strengths and weaknesses are, so we can do more individual focused training to make them a more well rounded wrestler. 

“Our goal for this season is to promote Halifax Youth Wrestling Association by consistently having wrestlers medal in the tournaments.”

“We have become members of the Central Virginia Youth Wrestling Association based out of Lynchburg,” added Gibson.

“This organization promotes the tournaments located in Lynchburg and surrounding areas.  At the end of the wrestling season they hold a district tournament for the members of CVYWA.

“This is where we want to show off our talent and have our wrestlers medal and possibly win the tournament as a team.  After that we will compete in the Virginia Wrestling Tournament in February.

“This tournament usually has 1,700 to 2,000 wrestlers that range from kindergarten through ninth-grade.  Our next tournament will be at Rustburg High School Dec. 15 and then possibly traveling to Roanoke on Sunday to compete at Cave Springs High School.”