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Comets grapplers score first victory

The Halifax County High School wrestling team picked up its first win of the season Tuesday night with a victory over Amelia. 

 

More importantly, the Comets staged their most impressive performance of the young season in splitting decisions with Amelia and Hargrave Military Academy.

The Comets scored seven wins and won three others by forfeit in a 60-21 win over Amelia. Halifax County High School lost the nightcap against Hargrave Military Academy 48-24, but picked up four wins and prevented pinfall losses in four of the seven contested matches it lost.

Tuesday night’s split puts the Comets at 1-3 in dual-match action. The Comets also have a runner-up finish in last weekend’s GW Bash under their belts.

“We’re pleased to pick up that first win,” said Comets Head Coach Brady Taylor. “The guys did a great job in picking up that win.”

Taylor added he was pleased with his team’s showing against an experienced Hargrave Military Academy team.

“You can’t be really pleased with a loss, but it was a smart loss, and something we can work from and show progression with,” Taylor pointed out.

“Last week Person (N.C.) High School bounced us around. Tonight, Hargrave, a team of that same level, knew we were here. I’d like to wrestle them again at the end of the season to see just how far we’ve come.”

The impressive part of the match against Hargrave Military Academy, Taylor said, was the fact that his wrestlers were much more competitive this week against a good team.

“We lost some individual matches, but we had a lot of guys that didn’t get pinned, just giving up decisions,” noted Taylor.

“We were in a lot more matches this week than we were last week. The guys are trying to build towards something. They’re trying to do what we teach them in the room. We’re getting there.”

Four Comets wrestlers had two wins on the night. James Anderson (160 pounds) and Ezra Walker (220 pounds) both won both of their contests with pins. Spenser Conner (126) and Zack Carlson (113) also scored two wins, with both earning one win as the result of a forfeit. Lequandre Kincy (145), returning after being sidelined as the result of a concussion, won his match against an opponent from Amelia to get his first win of the season.

Ethan Collie (132), Gannon Griffin (152), Tommie Hairston (170), Logan Blake (285) and Krunal Patel (120) each had one win for the night. Blake’s win in the match against Amelia was his first of the season. Patel’s win came as the result of a forfeit.

Taylor said Tuesday night’s performance was an indicator that the team is starting to come around.

“Overall, we’re becoming better wrestlers,” Taylor said.

“We have some athletes. Now we’re starting to learn how to wrestle.”

Taylor pointed to some individual performances that were encouraging.

“I think the light switch came on for Ezra Walker tonight,” Taylor remarked.

“He wrestled two really good matches and picked up two pins. He’s going to benefit tremendously from (former Comets wrestling standout) Shannon Wright being in the room. I brought him in to work with Logan and Ezra, and it’s paying off. 

“Logan looked good,” he added.

“He’s been aggressive, and he picked up his first win. Taylor also pointed to others that are making progress as well.

“Spenser Conner, for a new guy, is looking pretty good,” the Comets coach said.

“Luther Lacks wrestled an incredibly smart match and did a lot of things right and well. He just ended up losing on points. Lequandre Kincy had been out due to a concussion. He came out with a week and a half to two weeks of pent-up energy and aggression and took it right to his opponent and picked up a win. 

“There were a lot of bright spots,” added Taylor.

“Obviously, we still have a lot of stuff to work on. If you compare us to last year, I’d say we’re probably ahead of where we were at this point in time last year, especially with the new wrestlers.”

The Comets wrestling team will return to action Saturday when it travels to Tunstall High School for the Tunstall Invitational Tournament. Action will start at 9 a.m.

 

Stats

HALIFAX COUNTY 60 AMELIA 21

120 – Krunal Patel (HC) won by forfeit.

126 – Spenser Conner (HC) won by forfeit.

132 – Ethan Collie (HC) pinned Joseph Hicks (A) 52 sec.

138 – Demote Johnson (A) won by forfeit.

145 – Laquandre Kincy (HC) pinned Sam White (A) 25 sec.

152 – Gannon Griffin (HC) pinned Dexter Jefferson (A) 5:43.

160 – James Anderson (HC) pinned Lloyd Byers (A) 3:37.

170- Tommie Hairston (HC) pinned Justin Evans (A) 1:41.

182 – Eli Snead (A) dec. Kevin Boddie (HC) 7-4.

195 – Zack Caudill (A) won by forfeit.

220 – Ezra Walker (HC) pinned Terry Jefferson (A) 1:08.

285 – Logan Blake (HC) pinned Jacob Jefferson (A) 1:26.

106 – Katelyn Bryant (A) won by forfeit.

113 – Zack Carlson (HC) won by forfeit.

 

HARGRAVE 48 HALIFAX COUNTY 24

132 – Dakota Weatherbee (HAR) dec. Ethan Collie (HC) 8-4.

138 – Joel Corpening (HAR) won by forfeit.

145 – Brook Hamilton (HAR) dec. Luther Lacks (HC) 5-0.

152 – Christian Mitchell (HAR) pinned Gannon Griffin (HC) 2:29.

160 – James Anderson (HC) pinned William Glenn (HAR) 3:29.

170 – Logan Mitchell (HAR) dec. Tommie Hairston (HC) 10-3.

182 – Robert Langdon (HAR) pinned Kevin Boddie (HC) 1:33.

195 – Jun Yi Paio (HAR) won by forfeit.

220 – Ezra Walker (HC) pinned Mills Braswell (HAR) 37 sec.

285 – Alexander Mikhalov (HAR) pinned Logan Blake (HC) 2:49.

106 – Daniel Koening (HAR) won by forfeit.

113 – Zack Carlson (HC) pinned Timothey Le (HAR) 2:33.

120 – Emanuel Clark (HAR) dec. Krunal Patel (HC) 5-2.

126 – Spenser Conner (HC) pinned Tucker Arnold (HAR) 1:33.