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Comets Grapplers Place Seventh In Five Forks Duals

The Halifax County High School wrestling team will be looking to get back into the win column tonight when it hosts Tunstall High School at 6 p.m. in what will be the first of its two scheduled home dates this season. Halifax County had a tough time of things Saturday, winning one of its five matches in the annual Five Forks Duals at Dinwiddie High School.

Halifax County defeated King’s Fork High School but lost matches against Dinwiddie High School, Jefferson Forest High School, Gar-Field High School and Nansemond River High School.

Two Comets wrestlers, Blake Jones and Justin Perkins, had a good day with each winning four of their five matches. Ralph Tuck and Jordan Clifford picked up two wins each.

“It wasn’t the start to the season that we’d hoped for, but we did see a lot of good things,” said Comets coach Brady Taylor.

“I thought Justin Perkins and Blake Jones wrestled well. Ralph Tuck had a couple of good matches, and Jordan Clifford picked up a couple pins for us also.

Newcomer Zane Long looked good. The more experience he gets, the better he’ll do. Ethan Collie, also new to the team, had a pretty good day after a rough start.”

Jones was the only Comets wrestler to pick up a win in the opening contest against Dinwiddie High School. The Comets fared much better in defeating King’s Fork High School in their second match of the day.

After the win, the Comets dropped successive matches against Jefferson Forest, Gar-Field and Nansemond River.

The Comets were supposed to wrestle King’s Fork High School for seventh place but Nansemond River High School coaches requested a switch of opponents as their team would have had to face Gar-Field High School a second time.

Taylor said he is looking at the season’s early matches as an avenue to allow his wrestlers to gain much-needed experience.

“We will use the first half of the season to gain some experience, get down to weight, and get ready for district competition,” Taylor pointed out.

“We have a bunch of people wrestling up a weight class or two in order to cover forfeits, but we should be down to weight soon.”