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Grayson County and Galax combined to win six individual championships but Graham swept the remaining eight weight classes to win the Mountain Empire District wrestling championship Thursday at Galax High School.
The G-Men easily took home the team title with 203.5 points while Galax claimed the runner-up spot with 139. Grayson County held off Fort Chiswell for third, 69-65.
Both the Maroon Tide and the Blue Devils captured three individual weight classes. Jacob Hale (103 pounds), Worth Carrico (138) and Clay Anders (152) were winners for Grayson County while Kris Robinson (145), Joseph Dixon (160) and Caleb Spurlin (182) won titles for Galax.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the regionals, meaning all participants in Thursday’s district tournament will wrestle in the Region C tournament, to be held Friday and Saturday at Rural Retreat.
If one was tardy for the championship finals, one most likely missed the entire round. None of the 13 weight classes wrestled the full six minutes, and only four extended past the first period. Hale picked up Grayson’s first individual championship with a 26-second pin of Galax’s Logan Smith and 138-pounder Carrico finished off Fort Chiswell’s Robert Turner in 2:22.
Robinson accounted for the Maroon Tide’s first title by pinning Graham’s Jacob Evans in 2:55 and Clay Anders wrapped up Grayson’s individual titles with a 55-second pinning of Graham’s Dakota Byrd.
The 160-pound finals saw Dixon take care of Aaron Thompson of Graham in 1:27 and Spurlin pinned Levi Stroupe of Graham in 1:01 for the 189-pound championship.
Also earning runner-up finishes for Galax were Ben Sanchez (195) and Chaz Sizemore (220).
2013 Mountain Empire District
1. Graham (Gr) 203.5; 2. Galax (Gx) 139; 3. Grayson County (GC) 69; 4. Fort Chiswell (FC) 65.
103 – Jacob Hale (GC) p. Logan Smith (Gx) :29; 113 – Dustin Hagerman (Gr) p. Kyle Goard (FC) :32; 120 – Shane Hudson (Gr) p. Jacob Sheets (FC) :28; 126 – Tristan Evans (Gr) won by default; 132 – Austin Miller (Gr) p. Shane Boyles (Gx) 1:20; 138 – Worth Carrico (GC) p. Robert Turner (FC) 2:22; 145 – Kris Robinson (Gx) p. Jacob Evans (Gr) 2:55; 152 – Clay Anders (GC) p. Dakota Byrd (Gr) :55; 160 – Joseph Dixon (Gx) p. Aaron Thompson (Gr) 1:27; 170 – Kyshon Lee (Gr) p. Brett Isom (Gx) :26; 182 – Caleb Spurlin (Gx) p. Levi Stroupe (Gr) 1:01; 195 – Robert Compton (Gr) tech. fall Ben Sanchez (Gx) 20-4; 220 – Everett Vest (Gr) def Chaz Sizemore (Gx) by default; 285 – Colin Beavers (Gr) p. Rocky Primm (FC) 1:53.
Consolation finals (3rd/4th place)
160 – Taylor Gilman (FC) p. Thomas Buchanan 1:29; 195 – Jeffrey Wilson (GC) p. Austin Mullins (FC) 1:37.
113 – Kyle Goard (FC) p. Brandon McMillon (Gx) 4:58; 132 – Seth Boyles (Gx) p. Levi Hale (GC) 3:02; 145 – Jacob Evans (Gr) p. Hunter Rector (GC) 1:50; 152 – Dakota Byrd (Gr) p. Jack Vaughan (Gx) 1:05; 160 – Joseph Dixon (Gx) def. Thomas Buchanan (GC), Aaron Thompson (Gr) def. Taylor Gilman (FC); 170 – Brett Isom (Gx) p. Chris Gladding (FC) 1:53; 182 – Levi Stroupe (Gr) p. Zac Pickett (FC) :29; 195 – Robert Compton (Gr) def. Austin Mullins (FC), Ben Sanchez (Gx) def. Jeffrey Wilson (GC); 220 – Chaz Sizemore (Gx) dec. Hunter Moore (GC) 3-1, OT; 285 – Rocky Primm (FC) p. Cole Morris (Gx) :55.