Three Halifax County High School wrestlers, Patrick Simmons, Tyler Mabe and Cameron Blunt, each collected wins in the 5A North Region Wrestling Tournament held Friday and Saturday at Orange County High School.
The Comets qualified five wrestlers to compete in the regional tournament but fell short of qualifying any wrestlers for the upcoming Group 5A state tournament.
Every season our goal is states, said Comets Head Coach David Riddle.
We talk about it on Day One, and we fell short there, but there were some positives. We had three out of five wrestlers advance to the second day of the tournament.
We always hate to see a season come to an end, Riddle added, but Coach (Jay) Cole and myself were extremely pleased with the progress we saw this year.
We had double the wins as a team, a solid majority of the team finished the year with winning records individually, and we are looking at returning almost everyone next year.
Simmons, wrestling in the 220-pound weight class, won his first-round match, but lost matches in the quarterfinal and consolation rounds.
Mabe, wrestling in the 145-pound weight class, lost his first round match, won a match in the first round of the consolation round, but lost his match in the second round of consolations.
Blunt lost his opening-round match, won his first-round match in the consolation bracket, and lost his match in the second round of the consolation bracket.
Tyler Hudson in the 138-pound weight class, and Matthew Jones in the 182-pound weight class each went 0-2 at the regional tournament.
Hudson and Jones lost out the first day, but both had strong matches in the second round of consolations, and they will both be able to use this experience for next season, Riddle pointed out.
Riddle noted Simmons had perhaps the most impressive performance at the regional tournament.
One of the most impressive things we had happen on day one was the round one match for Pat Simmons, Riddle explained.
He was wrestling as a three seed and beat the two seed from Marshall.
Pat was new to the sport this year, so that was huge for him. He had two solid matches after that against tough opponents to lose out, but that first win was big for us as a team. I think it woke the entire group up.
Mabe and Blunt lost their first matches, Riddle continued, then had impressive wins in consolation round one, added Riddle.
Unfortunately, they both lost the next day in their first matches but both fought very tough opponents from Patrick-Henry Roanoke.
For Blunt, a senior, the regional tournament was his last competition for the Comets wrestling team.
We hate to lose Blunt and the experience that he brought with him, Riddle said, but the future for Comet wrestling looks like it is going to continue to be bright.
VHSL Region 5A North
Results for Halifax
138 – Tyler Hudson (0-2) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Payton O`Selmo (Potomac Senior) 3-2 won by fall over Tyler Hudson (Halifax) 0-2 (Fall 0:00)
Cons. Round 1 – Brandon Battista (Stone Bridge) 1-2 won by decision over Tyler Hudson (Halifax) 0-2 (Dec 8-6)
145 – Tyler Mabe (1-2) place is unknown and scored 3.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Matt Mitchler (Mountain View) 46-4 won by fall over Tyler Mabe (Halifax) 1-2 (Fall 0:00)
Cons. Round 1 – Tyler Mabe (Halifax) 1-2 won by fall over Gaurav Baireddy (Stone Bridge) 0-2 (Fall 3:43)
Cons. Round 2 – Nick Debonte (Patrick Henry-Roanoke) 2-3 won by fall over Tyler Mabe (Halifax) 1-2 (Fall 3:18)
182 – Matthew Jones (0-2) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Andrew Mason (Wakefield) 11-3 won by fall over Matthew Jones (Halifax) 0-2 (Fall 1:24)
Cons. Round 1 – Ulises Cruz (Potomac Falls) 1-2 won by fall over Matthew Jones (Halifax) 0-2 (Fall 0:59)
220 – Patrick Simmons (1-2) place is unknown and scored 2.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Patrick Simmons (Halifax) 1-2 won by decision over Robert McCaleb (Marshall) 11-10 (Dec 8-4)
Quarterfinal – Carlos Herring (North Stafford) 2-1 won by fall over Patrick Simmons (Halifax) 1-2 (Fall 1:25)
Cons. Round 2 – Bobby Caldwell (Tuscarora) 3-1 won by fall over Patrick Simmons (Halifax) 1-2 (Fall 2:18)
285 – Cameron Blunt (1-2) place is unknown and scored 3.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jacob Glogowski (Wakefield) 9-6 won by decision over Cameron Blunt (Halifax) 1-2 (Dec 3-2)
Cons. Round 1 – Cameron Blunt (Halifax) 1-2 won by fall over James Foster (Stone Bridge) 0-2 (Fall 3:21)
Cons. Round 2 – Omega Webb (Patrick Henry-Roanoke) 3-2 won by fall over Cameron Blunt (Halifax) 1-2 (Fall 4:03)
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