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Keeling, Conley named All-State

Corey Keeling and Craig Conley of Middlesex High were named to the Group A All-State wrestling team Saturday following outstanding performances in the state tournament in Salem. Keeling finished fourth and Conley eighth. Above from left, are MHS head coach Joel Anderson, Keeling, Conley and assistant coach Lee Anderson. (Photo by Larry Chowning)
by Larry S. Chowning

The Middlesex High School wrestling team had two seniors named All-State at the State Group A wrestling tournament on Saturday in Salem.

Corey Keeling finished fourth in the 215-pound weight class—the highest finish a Charger wrestler has ever had at the state level.

Keeling, the Region A champion, defeated John Quinlan of Stonewall Jackson High School 14-11; defeated Andrew Jennings of Mathews 14-9; pinned Chaz Sizemore of Galax in 1:42; and pinned Kolby Huffman of Virginia High School in 2:16.

Keeling lost to Drew Collins of JJ Kelly High School 6-1, and lost to Collins again on a pin in 2:16.

“Corey did a great job and we are very proud of him. He will be greatly missed next year,” said assistant MHS coach Lee Anderson. 

Craig Conley was named All-State for finishing 8th in his 171-pound weight class. Conley pinned David Woelkers of John S. Battle in 1:31; and pinned Teddy Long of Clark County in 1:41.

Conley then lost 4-0 to William Wright of Rural Retreat; lost 11-7 to Dillon Mathews of Arcadia; and lost 7-0 to C.W. Sorey of Mathews.

“Craig did a great job and he too is a senior who will be greatly missed,” said L. Anderson. 

Keeling finished his senior season with 14 wins, 4 losses and 7 pins.  Conley had 14 wins, 6 losses and 7 pins.

The Chargers finished 26th in the state with 28 points. “We are very proud of our wrestlers and are excited where the program is going,” said Lee Anderson.

MHS head coach Joel Anderson thanked his brother Lee Anderson and Will Moore for serving as assistant coaches. “They both did a great job,” said J. Anderson.

posted 02.25.2010

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