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Keeling wins Region A wrestling title

Corey Keeling of Middlesex High pins Brandon Deatley of Washington & Lee in 1 minute, 25 seconds to advance to the championship match in the 215-pound division of the Region A Tournament in Mathews on Saturday. In the finals, Keeling defeated a Mathews wrestler to become the second Charger wrestler to pin all of his opponents in a Region A Tournament, and only the third wrestler to be a Region A champion in the 7-year history of the MHS wrestling program. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

Conley also advances to state tourney

by Larry S. Chowning

Even though the Middlesex High School wrestling team had most of its matches canceled due to bad weather this season, the Chargers earned their highest team ranking ever in last weekend’s Region A Tournament at Mathews.

The Charger team finished 7th out of 12 teams. Mathews won the tournament, Northampton was 2nd, Washington & Lee 3rd, Essex 4th, Northumberland 5th, Arcadia 6th, Middlesex 7th, King William 8th, Sussex 9th, Franklin 10th, Nandua 11th, and Lancaster 12th.

Corey Keeling was the top Charger wrestler in the meet. Keeling finished first in the 215-pound weight class, pinning his opponents in every match. Keeling qualified for the State Group A meet.

Keeling is only the third wrestler in MHS history to win an individual regional title. The others were Cameron Wines in the 112-pound division and Conrad Maszack in the 130-pound division.

Middlesex’s Craig Conley also will wrestle in the state meet after finishing 3rd in the 171-pound division in the regional. 

Middlesex’s Jake Pender finished 5th in the 160-pound division; Brandon Jessup finished 6th in the 125-pound division; and Carlos Gonzales finished 6th in the 152-pound division.

“We feel Craig and Corey will place at the state meet,” said Middlesex coach Lee Anderson. “It was an exciting tournament. All the teams in the region were a little out of shape because of the weather.

“As a team we placed higher in the regional tournament than ever before,” he said. “I am proud of our wrestlers and happy with the direction we are heading as a program.”

Anderson thanked assistant coaches Joel Anderson and Will Moore for the good job they have done this year.

“We had a good season even though 16 matches were cancelled because of bad weather,” he said.

The State Group A meet will be at Salem Civic Center this Friday and Saturday, February 19-20.

posted 02.18.2010

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