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Comets grapplers fall to Person HS

The Halifax County High School wrestling team ran into something of a buzzsaw Thursday night when it faced Person (N.C.) High School in its home opener at Halifax County High School.

With Halifax County managing four wins, Person High School emerged with a 60-24 victory that left the Comets winless in their four matches for the week.

While that obviously wasn’t the way Comets Head Coach Brady Taylor wanted to see the opening week conclude. Taylor saw some positive things from his team.

“If we can take one thing out of it, nowhere are we timid,” Taylor pointed out.

“They went out there with the intention of scoring points and getting pins. It may not have worked out on the scoreboard, but the right mindset is there. It’s up to me and Coach Riddle (Assistant Coach David Riddle) to teach them how to wrestle.”

Taylor explained that because the team has a good handful of new wrestlers it is taking time to get them up to where they need to be.

“We haven’t gotten done in the (wrestling) room what we would have liked to have gotten done at this point because we have so many new wrestlers,” Taylor noted.

“We are not upset when they make mistakes. We tell them we’ll continue to work, fix the problems and move on.”

The Comets’ four wins came from a pin by James Anderson in the 160-pound weight class, a forfeit win by Brian Debow in the 170-pound weight class, a pin by Jarrett Messick in the 182-pound weight class and a pin from Jairus Marable in the 285-pound weight class.

Person (N.C.) High School annually fields tough, competitive teams, and this season is no exception. On Wednesday, the Comets competed in the first Piedmont District competition of the season and faced multi-time Western Valley District champion Franklin County High School, which is now in the Piedmont District, GW-Danville and Martinsville High School.

The Comets lost their opening match to Franklin County High School 63-18, but scored comparable to what they had done in previous seasons against The Eagles.

In their second match on Wednesday, the Comets fell to GW-Danville 40-35 in a contest that could have gone either way, and lost to Martinsville High School on tiebreaker criteria – the number of first match points – after the two teams deadlocked 42-42 on the scoreboard.

Among the highlights of the Comets’ back-to-back nights of wrestling was the success of senior wrestler Anderson, who won all of his four matches in the 160-pound weight class.

First-year wrestler Marable won three of his first four matches in the 285-pound weight class, all by pins. Comet 170-pounder Debow also won three of his four matches.

Ezra Walker won two matches in the 195-pound weight class, Necco Lawrence had two victories in the 126-pound weight class and Krunal Patel (132) and Jarrett Messick (182) both had one win. 

The Comets will be back in action Wednesday night when they host Nottoway County High School at Halifax County High School. Action will start at 6 p.m.