Middlesex wrestlers win twice
|Middlesex High wrestling standout Devante Robertson (left) spun out of a hold just seconds before he pinned his Nandua opponent in 2:18. The Chargers defeated Nandua 39-34 on December 6. (Photo by Larry Chowning)|
|Middlesex High’s Blake Damron (on top) is on his way to a pin of a Nandua wrestler on November 6 at Middlesex High School. (Photo by Larry Chowning)|
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex High School Chargers wrestling team won a tri-meet on December 6. The Chargers defeated Nandua, 39-34 and King and Queen 74-0.
The critical matches against Nandua came down to the 220-pound weight class and the heavyweight division. After the first six matches, Nandua and Middlesex were tied. Steve Skelton of MHS then won his 220-pound division match 3-2 in sudden death overtime.
Vladimir Rowe then took the mat for the Chargers and sealed the win with a pin in the heavy weight class in 1:13.
Ridge Ellis, Devante Robertson, Blake Damron, Jack Bayard and Alex Fomin all had pins for Middlesex against Nandua. Ellis pinned his opponent in the 132-pound class in 3:52; Robertson, 2:18; Damron, 2:51; Bayard, 3:29; and Fomin, 5:36.
There was only one weight division in which Nandua did not have a wrestler and that was in the 113-pound class, so Kyle Forst won by forfeit.
Against King and Queen, Bayard, Chad Page, John Williams, Peter Mantell and Skelton all pinned their opponents. Bayard’s pin came in 5:35; Page in 2:22; Williams in 27 seconds; Mantell in 3:35; and Skelton in 24 seconds.
Damron won his match, 7-2, and Fomin won his 3-2. John Ward, Forst, Enrique Gonzalez, Ellis, Robertson and Rowe won their matches by forfeit.
MHS assistant coach Lee Anderson noted that Fomin, Bayard and Mantell all got their first varsity wins. “It’s exciting to get your first pin and these young men have worked hard and have been rewarded for their hard work,” he said. “We are very proud of all our wrestlers.”
The Chargers are now 2-2 on the season and will compete in the Lancaster Round-Robin Tournament at Lancaster High School this Saturday, December 15.