Middlesex grapplers down defending champs
by Larry Chowning
The Middlesex High School wrestling team won two matches and lost one in a quad-meet on the Eastern Shore on January 8 against Nandua High School, Broad Water Academy and Northampton High School.
The Chargers defeated Nandua 54-24 and Broad Water Academy 60-6, but lost to Northampton 48-27. MHS foreign exchange student Simon Urban from Germany went 3-0 in the 132-pound division. He defeated two-time Region A champion Malik McCaskill by a pin in the second period.
Three MHS wrestlers went 3-0 in their weight classes—Enrique Gonzales in the 113-pound division, Ridge Ellis in the 138-pound division and Chad Page in the 160-pound division.
Austin Cooper was 1-0 in the 152-pound class; Marshall Shermer, 1-0 in the 152-pound class; Joe Cockrell, 1-0 in the 152-pound class; Alek Fomin, 2-1 in the 182-pound class; Hughes Nelson, 2-1 in the 195-pound class; James Williams, 2-1 in the 170-pound class; and Devante Robertson, 2-1 in the 145-pound class.
Elijah Fomin was 1-2 in the 120-pound class; Eric Kane was 1-2 in the 126-pound class; and Brian Hollingshead was 1-2 in 220-pound class.
The Chargers competed in a tournament on Saturday at Franklin, defeating three teams and losing to one. MHS downed Franklin 48-36, Lake Taylor 54-16, and Norfolk Christian Academy 54-24. The Chargers lost to region rival Northumberland 54-24.
Page and Gonzales were undefeated with 4-0 records; E. Fomin, Urban, Ellis, D. Robertson and Nelson all were 3-1; Jacob Delagrange and Luke Robertson were 2-2; A. Fomin and Marshal Shermer were 1-2; and Andre Rowe was 1-0.
The Chargers had their last home meet on January 15 in the Middlesex High School gym.
On Saturday, January 25, the Chargers will participate in the Mathews Duals.
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