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Galax went 2-0 and Grayson County earned a split against the Maroon Tide and Carroll County in a Twin County tri match Thursday at Galax High School.
Carroll County built a 27-18 lead over Grayson County in the first match of the evening but the Blue Devils picked up four forfeit wins in the upper weight classes to take a 42-27 team win.
Jarret Thomas (106) and Brennan Vaught (112) both won by pin to get the Cavaliers off to a good start before a forfeit and a pin by Jacob Hale squared the team score at 12-12 for the Blue Devils.
Grayson County got a pin from Sanchez at 145 while the Cavaliers got pins from Zeth Manning (132) and Logan McCollum (152) plus an 8-3 win by Gavin Scott in a tough bout with Clay Anders in the 160-pound class before the string of forfeits pushed the Blue Devils into the lead.
Galax defeated Carroll 40-24 in the second match. Beginning with a 13-6 decision by Jonte Sawyers at 113 pounds. Brandon McMillian (126), Malik Robinson (132) and Seth Boyles (145) followed with pins for the Maroon Tide, with the Cavaliers picking up 18 team points with a forfeit win and a second-period pins by McCollum and Scott for a 22-22 tie.
Galax wrapped up the team win with three forfeits before Thomas wrapped up the match with a pin for the Cavaliers at 106.
The final match of the evening paired Galax and Grayson County, with the team score knotted at 30-all with the 113-pound bout remaining. Sawyers worked for a late first-period pin, giving the Maroon Tide the decisive six points for the team win.
Galax got pins from Robinson, Brett Isom and Caleb Spurlin plus two forfeit wins while the Blue Devils picked up one forfeit and pins by Sanchez, Noah Burcham and Will Anders.
Grayson Co. 42, Carroll Co. 27
106 – Thomas (CC) p. Anderson; 113 – Vaught (CC) p. Jackson; 120 – GC won by forfeit; 126 – Hale (GC) p. Lindsey; 132 – Manning (CC) p. Howard; 138 – double forfeit; 145 – Sanchez (GC) p. Busick; 152 – McCollum (CC) p. Lawrence; 160 – Scott (CC) dec. Anders 8-3; 170 – Yule (GC) won by forfeit; 182 – South (GC) won by forfeit; 195 – double forfeit; 220 –Adams (GC) won by forfeit; 285 – Wilson (GC) won by forfeit.
Galax 40, Carroll County 24
106 – Thomas (CC) p. Beamis :59; 113 – Sawyers (Gx) maj. dec. Vaught 13-6; 120 – double forfeit; 126 – McMillian (Gx) p. Lindsey 1:38; 132 – Robinson (Gx) p. Manning 1:49; 138 – Busick (CC) won by forfeit; 145 – Boyles (Gx) p. Key 1:15; 152 – double forfeit; 160 – McCollum (CC) p. Boyles 3:44; 170 – Scott (CC) p. Isom 2:49; 182 – Bryson (Gx) won by forfeit; 195 – double forfeit; 220 – Spurlin (Gx) won by forfeit; 285 – Burcham (Gx) won by forfeit.
Galax 36, Grayson County 30
106 – Anders (GC) p. Beamis 3:02; 113 – Sawyers (Gx) p. Jackson 1:32; 120 – Hale (GC) p. McMillian :39; 126 – double forfeit; 132 – Robinson (Gx) p. Howard 1:25; 138 – double forfeit; 145 – Sanchez (GC) p. Boyles 1:57; 152 – Lawrence (GC) won by forfeit; 160 – Vaughan (Gx) def. Anders by default; 170 – Isom (Gx) p. South 1:16; 182 – Bryson (Gx) won by forfeit; 195 – double forfeit; 220 – Spurlin (Gx) p. Adams 1:00; 285 – Wilson (GC) p. Burcham :46.
FORD MEMORIAL DUALS
The Twin County tri match came on the heels of the inaugural Ford Memorial Dual tournament hosted by the Maroon Tide last Saturday.
Mount Airy finished 3-0 to win the team title, which was whittled down to four teams by late cancellations from teams originally scheduled to compete.
Galax coach Kevin Spurlin said he already had several commitments for next year and hopes to field a 12-team event.
“It was a little smaller than we had hoped it would be but we would like to thank everyone who attended and supported our wrestling program and Maroon Tide athletics,” Spurlin said. “I thought it was a good day for our kids. We’re seeing noticeable improvement in all of our weight classes.”
Galax was second in the team standings with a 2-1 mark, defeating Fort Chiswell 54-24 and Grayson County 47-24 while dropping its match with Mount Airy 54-21. Grayson County went 1-2 with losses to Galax and Mount Airy and a win over Fort Chiswell.
Caleb Spurlin finished 3-0 with two pins and a forfeit at 220 pounds, Jack Vaughn had two pins at 160, going 2-1 on the day and Sawyers was 2-1 with a pin and a technical fall at 113.