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Perkins Becomes Two-Time Champion

Halifax County High School senior Justin Perkins became a two-time Western Valley District wrestling champion Thursday when he won the 215-pound weight class in the Western Valley District Wrestling Tournament at Franklin County High School. Perkins is the first two-time district champion that Halifax County High School has had since former Comets heavyweight Shannon Wright accomplished the feat.
“Perkins wrestled a great tournament,” said Comets head coach Brady Taylor.

“We are glad to see him claim his second title. That should set him up for a good run at the regionals.

“Justin showed that if you keep going hard, you usually finish on top,” added Taylor.

“Hopefully he can keep it up and qualify for the state tournament.”

Halifax County High School had eight wrestlers to qualify to compete in this weekend’s Northwest Region Tournament, which begins Friday at Colonial Forge High School.

The Comets put three wrestlers in the championship round finals. Perkins won his contest while Ethan Collie, competing in the 103-pound weight class and Blake Jones, competing in the 119-pound weight class both finished as the runner-up in their respective weight class.

“Putting three wrestlers into the finals was good, but we really could have had two or three more make it,” Taylor pointed out.

“Overall, we wrestled pretty well. I’m glad some of the younger guys were able to pick up some wins.”

Four Comets wrestlers Ryan Throckmorton (112), Tyler Bentley (125), Ralph Tuck (130) and Gannon Griffin (140) earned third-place finishes and qualified for the Northwest Region Tournament. Lewis Ashworth, who finished fourth in the 152-pound weight class, also qualified for the Northwest Region Tournament.

“Every wrestler that qualified for the regional tournament earned it,” Taylor said.

“They all had to win a match to earn their spot, which isn’t always the case. In the past, we’ve had some wrestlers slide in without winning a match, just because there were only four people at their weight.

“Hopefully we won’t have any weather issues this week, and we will be able to put in a good week of practice to prepare for the regional tournament,” added Taylor.
“If we keep wrestling as well as we’ve been, we should be able to qualify a few people for the state tournament.”

Franklin County High School continued its domination of Western Valley District wrestling by winning the tournament. The Eagles have now won all nine Western Valley District Tournament championships and have won 22 straight district tournament titles.

The Eagles got 13 wrestlers into the final round and won 12 of the 13 weight class finals. Halifax County and Patrick Henry High School were the only other schools to have a champion.

Franklin County won the tournament with a total of 240 points. Patrick Henry High School was second with 143 points and GW took third place with 118 points.
Halifax County High School finished fourth with 94 points and William Fleming High School rounded out the field.