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MHS wrestlers clinch first winning season

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John Shaw

The Middlesex High School wrestling team continues to dominate in area wrestling competition. The Chargers defeated Nandua, Franklin and Sussex Central on Jan. 28 in a quad-meet at Franklin.

The Chargers defeated Nan-dua, 60-24. Linwood Cannon won his match in the 112-pound division with a pin in 1:02.

Cameron Wines pinned his opponent in 40 seconds in the 119-pound division, and Chris Mason won the 130-pound division with a pin in 42 seconds. Nandua did not have competitors in the other events and forfeited those weight classes.

The Chargers defeated Franklin 42-30, in a very tight match. The surprise win was by John Shaw in the 103-pound division.  Shaw won his match by pinning his opponent in 3:25. “John’s win was very exciting,” said MHS wrestling coach Lee Anderson. “He has shown that he is going to be a very good wrestler.”

Jay Bryant won his heavyweight match in 44 seconds with a pin.  Corey Keeling pinned his opponent in the 215-pound class in 1:05, and Craig Conley won his match with a pin in 5:59 seconds in the 189-pound class.

Sussex Central has only a few wrestlers and forfeited in 10 weight classes, which gave the Chargers a 60-12 victory.

Middlesex is 11-5 overall and on the way to its first winning season in school history. “We are very excited about the team and the future of the program,” said Anderson. “We have some really good kids and I hope they will keep working. If they do, who knows how far they will go.”

The Chargers have their final home match on Friday, Feb. 6, against Mathews and King William. Matches will begin at 5 p.m. 

On Feb. 14, the Chargers will compete in the Region A meet at Mathews High School, and on Feb. 20-21 they will compete in the State Group A meet at the Salem Civic Center in Salem.

posted 02.04.2009

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