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Tide wrestlers split pair of close matches

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Galax closed out 2009 with a couple of close matches against nondistrict opposition, dropping a one-point decision to Abingdon while edging Alleghany, N.C. by eight points. The Maroon Tide gave up 12 points in forfeit losses and lost a possible 12 more points on double forfeits in falling to Abingdon 35-34. Thirteen of the fourteen individual matches were decided by either pin, technical fall or forfeit, with the only bout going the distance being  Jose Martinez’s decision over Barrett in the 152-pound class. Winning by pin for the Maroon Tide were Junior Espinoza (103 pounds), Ethan Campbell (112), Dante Ravenell (130) and Zack Testerman (189). Galax racked up the points in the lower weight classes against Alleghany to take a 39-31 team win over the Trojans.

Campbell, Edu Rojas (119), Tyler Matthews (125) and Jose Rojas (135) all won by pin for Galax while Martinez picked up another win by decision.