MHS wrestlers finish 2nd in six-team tourney
by Larry S. Chowning
|Members of the Middlesex High School wrestling team include, front from left, Thomas Norman, Brandon Jessup, Austin Bushong, John Shaw, Carlos Gonzales and Zack O’Bryan; second row, Darrien Fisher, Nathan Wood, Corey Keeling, Jay Bryant, Brian Insley, Reese Harris and Manuel Balderas; third row, Craig Conley, Zack Belcher, Angel Vargas, Chris Mason, Tyler Seay, Cameron Wines, Schuyler Sibley, Joe Nelson and Tyler Horsley; and fourth row, coach Lee Anderson, Tyler Stanley, Alex Pratt, Barren Lawson, Damian Key, Brandon Kearney, Luciano Catanzaro, Ean Reed and coach J. Anderson. Not pictured are Linwood Cannon, Ashlie Henshaw, Evan Lefever, Dylan Kellar and Diego Reyes. (Photo by Larry Chowning)|
Corey Keeling set a school record at the tournament with the fastest pin in school history.
James Madison High finished first in the six-team tourney with five wins and no defeats. Middlesex finished second with four wins and one loss, and Lancaster was third with three wins and two losses.
“We are the only team besides Mathews to beat Lancaster in this region in the last three years,” said MHS coach Lee Anderson. “The team came together great. Everyone made weight and just kept rolling.”
Against Lancaster, Keeling, a 215-pounder, pinned his opponent in 10 seconds, the fastest time in MHS history. The old record was 12 seconds held jointly by Joey Kellar and Craig Conley. Conley had tied Kellar’s record last week.
Middlesex’s only defeat was to James Madison in the finals, 52-33. The Chargers beat Arcadia 42-38, Northumberland 60-12, Lancaster 54-40, and Franklin 66-18.
Against Arcadia, Chris Brooks won the 135-pound division with a 36-second pin. Evan Lefevar won the 140-pound division with a 1:53 pin. Ean Reed pinned his opponent in the 160-pound division in 1:34; Alex Pratt won in the 171-pound division with a pin in 1:34; and Jay Bryant had the team-winning pin in the heavyweight class in 1:17.
“The match came down to the final weight class so when Jay won, we won as a team and that was big,” said Anderson.
Against Northumberland, the Indians voided out of six weight divisions and the Chargers won in five weight classes, all with pins. John Shaw won in the 103-pound weight class with a pin in 1:22; Linwood Cannon won in the 112-pound class with a pin in 2:21; Cameron Wines won the 119-pound division with a pin in 2:33; Darrien Fisher won with a pin in 1:59 in the 152-pound weight class; and Reed had a pin in 2:33 in the 160-pound weight class.
Against Lancaster, John Shaw won in the 103-pound weight class with a pin in 2:24; Chris Brooks won in the 135-pound weight class with a pin in only 18 seconds; and Jake Pender won in the 160-pound division with a pin in 1:21.
Against Franklin, Linwood Cannon won in the 112-pound division when he pinned a state qualifier in 1:34; Reed won in the 160-pound class with a pin in 42 seconds; Conley won in the 189-pound class with a pin in 1:53; and Bryant dominated the heavyweight class with a pin in 26 seconds.
In the finals of round-robin tournament, MHS lost to a strong James Madison team 52-33. Wines won in the 119-pound weight class with a pin in 3:25; Fisher won in the 152-pound weight class with pin in 1:26; Pender won in the 160-pound class with a 5-4 decision; and Keeling won in the 215-pound class with a pin in 1:14.
On Dec. 17, Middlesex lost a tri-meet at Peninsula Catholic in Newport News to Cape Henry and Peninsula Catholic. The Chargers fell to Cape Henry 60-18, and Peninsula Catholic 45-33.
In the Cape Charles competition, Reed and Bryant were the only Chargers to win with pins. Reed won in the 160-pound class with a pin in 2:10, and Bryant pinned his opponent in the heavyweight class in 30 seconds.
Against Peninsula Catholic, Pratt pinned his 171-pound opponent in 3:14, and Conley won his match with a 11-4 decision.
The Chargers are now 6-5 on the season and will not wrestle again until Jan. 10 when they participate in the Peninsula Catholic Night Tournament.