All Halifax County High School wrestlers picked up multiple wins at the Jordan Amos wrestling tournament in Tunstall on Saturday.

Colin Saunders led the way wrestling in two different weight classes – 145 and 152 – and going undefeated on the day with five wins.

“We asked him to wrestle up in a couple of matches that were key to our victory and his wins there helped seal the deal early on,” said head coach David Riddle.

Saunders has yet to lose a single match in the Comets two meets this season and is the only undefeated wrestler left on the team.

Along with Saunders, in the 113-pound weight class Mason Fisher went 2-3, for the 132-pound weight class Colin Mabe picked up three wins going 3-2, in the 138-pound weight class Peyton Yeatts also picked up three wins going 3-2, Daysun Wilson went 2-1 in the 145-pound weight class, Wyatt Nelson who competed in his first ever wrestling matches went 4-1 in the 182-pound weight class, DaShawn Medley picked up three victories in the 220-pound weight class going 3-1 on the day, and Andrew Duffey who competed in the heavyweight class also finished with three wins going 3-1 on the day.

“Wyatt Nelson had an extremely impressive day considering this was his first time ever on the mat. He was able to go undefeated into the final match and wrestled a strong match into the second period that was back and forth against one of the better wrestlers in the tourney. For a first day performance, this was as solid as it gets,” Riddle said. “Colin Mabe, Peyton and DaShawn were also able to pull out pins in the early matches that got us to the championship round finals mat. Mason, Daysun and Andrew all had solid days of learning and growing on the mat as well.”

Riddle said that this was the team’s best performance at the Jordan Amos tournament in quite a while.

“We were able to come out of the morning session 3-0 and make it in the championship bracket. Unfortunately, we couldn’t pull out the wins in the finals although we had one of our better performances against Tunstall than we had in a while,” Riddle said. “We have ended the day the last few years in the bottom of the bracket for this tourney. To come out with the third best record speaks volumes for the work that the group is putting in and the growth since day one.”

Halifax County took on five different teams in the Jordan Amos tournament and came out on top with winning scores against three of those teams.

The Comets defeated Fluvanna County 36-30, Floyd County 42-24 and Chatham County with a score of 36-30.

Unfortunately for the Comets they struggled to pick up late finals wins as they fell to Tunstall with a score of 42-30 and then to Patrick County 72-6.

The Comets grapplers will look to continue their success on the mat when they compete in a tri-meet on Thursday at Tunstall High School with wrestlers scheduled to hit the mat at 5:30 p.m.

“We will look to continue this momentum Thursday at Tunstall,” Riddle concluded.

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com. 

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com.