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MHS wrestlers capture four 1st places

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Charger grapplers who placed in the Caroline Invitational on Saturday are Alek Fomin (front), fourth in the 182-pound class; and standing, from left, James Williams, first in the 170-pound class, Ridge Ellis, first in the 138-pound class; Enrique Gonzales, first in the 113-pound class; and Simon Urban, first in the 132-pound class.

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex High School wrestling team finished fourth in the eight-team Caroline Invitational last Saturday at Caroline High School.

“We were the only team to have four first-place winners,” said MHS coach Joel Anderson. “Out of 14 weight classes we brought 11 wrestlers to the tournament.”

The first-place finishers were:

  • Enrique Gonzales in the 113-pound weight class, who won both of his matches.
  • Simon Urban won his three matches in the 132-pound weight class.
  • Ridge Ellis won his three matches in the 138-pound weight class.
  • James Williams won his two matches in the 170-pound weight class.

Alek Fomin went 2-2 and captured fourth in the 182-pound class; Elijah Fomin, 0-2 in the 120-pound class; Andres Rowe, 0-2 in the 145-pound class; Michael Tyler, 0-2 in the 152-pound class; Chad Page, 1-2 in the 160-pound class; Stephen Skelton, 1-2 in the 220-pound class; and Hughes Nelson, 1-2 in the 285-pound class. 

“These kids did a great job!” said Anderson. “Our MHS coaching staff is extremely proud of what these young men accomplished to start off our season. We were the smallest school at the tourney but were the best-conditioned team there. All of our grapplers did an awesome job.”

Patrick Henry won the meet with 167 points; Caroline, second, 157; King William, third, 143; Middlesex, fourth, 119; Washington & Lee, fifth, 107.5; Highland Springs, sixth, 72; Trinity Episcopal, seventh, 71; and Petersburg, eighth, 67.5 points.

The Chargers will host Northumberland and Nandua in a tri-match on Thursday, December 19, at MHS in Saluda.

posted 12.11.2013

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