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Comets gapplers fall to Tunstall

The Halifax County High School wrestling team got a second try against Tunstall High School here Wednesday night. While Tunstall defeated the Comets, the win didn’t come as easy as the first one.


Facing the Trojans for the second time in four days, the Comets fared better but dropped a 51-26 decision. Tunstall High School had beaten the Comets 63-16 Saturday during the Tunstall High School Invitational Tournament in which the Comets earned the runner-up trophy with a second-place finish.

“We’re disappointed in the loss,” said Comets Head Coach Brady Taylor, “but they beat us by about 50 points last Saturday in the tournament and we made it a little more respectable tonight.

“Team-wise we wrestled a lot better and had closer matches. Effort we were satisfied with, results we were not.’

Halifax County picked up five wins in Wednesday night’s contest, with Zack Carlson (113), Spenser Conner (126), Ethan Collie (132), James Anderson (16) and Tommie Hairston (182) earning wins.

The Comets almost pulled out another win in a match that Krunal Patel (120) ultimately lost in an 8-7 decision in the final seconds and had a couple of other opportunities that didn’t pan out.

“We could have picked up two or three more matches,” Taylor noted.

“We were in good positions and bad things happened.”

Wednesday night’s loss to Tunstall High School dropped the Comets to 5-5 on the season dual-match contests. The Comets had won four of their five matches in last Saturday’s Tunstall Invitational Tournament.

“We’ll get there,” Taylor remarked.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do. People are getting closer to weights they will be at during the second half of the season. We’ve got a good break before we go to Person (N.C.) High School for the Rocket Invitational Tournament on January 5. We’ll hit the practice room hard and get ready to go.”

Comets wrestlers fared well in a series of exhibition matches held as part of Wednesday night’s varsity contest.

Sebastion Brion, Lewis Pettus and Austin Carlson scored wins by pins. Laquandre Kincy scored a 12-4 major decision win, Antwan Ragsdale won a 4-2 decision and Jalil McDougald earned a 12-0 major decision win.

Jarrett Messick and Mister Higgins lost decisions by pins.

Last Saturday the Comets won four of their five contests in the Tunstall Invitational Tournament. The Comets topped Bassett High School42-27 in the opening round and won a 43-42 squeaker over Cary (N.C.) Academy.

In the match against Cary Academy, the two teams tied, forcing officials to go to tiebreaker criteria to determine the winner. Officials had to go to the seventh criteria – the most first points scored – to determine the winner.

After that, the Comets topped Greensboro (N.C.) Day School 60-18 and then lost 63-16 to Tunstall High School. The Comets came back to earn second place with a 48-36 win over Bartlett-Yancey High School.

“We wrestled well and brought another trophy back for the trophy case,” Taylor said.

“It went well. We came out a little flat in the first match against Bassett. We pulled it out and went back into the locker room to discuss what we needed to get done the rest of the day and had a good effort.”



Tunstall 51 Halifax County 26

170 – Jacob Barnette (T) pinned William Beard (HC) 38 sec.

182 – Tommie Hairston (HC) pinned Austin Hunt (T) 2:54.

195 – Lee Strickland (T) win by forfeit.

220 – Hunter Deval (T) pinned Lewis Pettus (HC) 3:46.

285 – Toy Watson (T) pinned Ezra Walker (HC) 4:32.

106 – Matthew Howell (T) won by forfeit.

113- Zack Carlson (HC) dec. Austin Canavan (T) 12-9.

120 – Mitchell Shields (T) dec. Krunal Patel (HC) 8-7.

126 – Spenser Conner (HC) pinned Nick Hylton (T) 1:43.

132 – Ethan Collie (HC) pinned Trey Dallas (T) 1:01.

138 – Steve Norton (T) pinned Colby Rivera (HC) 1:22.

145 – Deshawn Lovelace (T) pinned Luther Lacks (HC) 2:59.

152 – Stephen Chambers (T) pinned Gannon Griffin (HC) 3:00.

160 – James Anderson (HC) maj. dec. Jake Phelps (T) 10-0.