Wrestlers in the homestretch

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By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

INDEPENDENCE –– The four Mountain Empire District wrestling teams finished up the district portion of their regular season with a quad match Thursday at Grayson County, with Graham finishing with a 3-0 mark against Galax, Grayson and Fort Chiswell.


Galax came away with a 2-1 team mark, Grayson was victorious over Fort, which went 0-3 on the night.

Depending on the weather’s impact on a scheduled tournament at Rural Retreat this past weekend, the quad may have served as the teams’ final action before they reconvene for the MED tournament Thursday at Galax.

In the marquee pairing Thursday, Galax won four of the seven contested weight classes and picked up four forfeits to knock off the host Blue Devils 42-27. Seth Boyles (132 pounds), Kris Robinson (145), Joey Dixon (160) and Ben Sanchez (195) all won by pin for the Maroon Tide while Jacob Hale (106), Clay Anders (152) and Hunter Moore (220) were winners for Grayson County.

The shortest match of the evening was that between Grayson and Fort Chiswell. With each team dressing out seven wrestlers, only one weight class involved a man from each team. Worth Carico pinned Robert Turner in the first period of the 138-pound bout, while the two teams evenly split 12 forfeits for a 42-36 Grayson County win.

Graham racked up seven forfeits to take a 71-18 win over the Blue Devils, with Anders picking up Grayson’s lone contested win, a first-period pin.

Galax won three of the five bouts in its match with Fort Chiswell and picked up six forfeit wins to defeat the Pioneers 54-24. Brett Isom (170), Caleb Spurlin (182) and Sanchez all won by pin for the Maroon Tide.

Kris Robinson (145), Dixon, Spurlin and Chaz Sizemore (220) earned wins against Graham but the G-Men were too much to handle and came away with a 45-27 win.


Galax 42, Grayson County 27

106 – Hale (GC) p. Smith :51; 132 – Boyles (Gx) p. Hale 4:53; 145 – Robinson (Gx) p. Rector 5:04; 152 – Anders (GC) p. Vaughn 1:00; 160 – Dixon (Gx) p. Buchanan :37; 195 – Sanchez (Gx) p. Wilson :38; 220 – Moore (GC) dec. Sizemore 7-1. Galax wins by forfeit: 113-McMillan, 170-Cornett, 182-Spurlin, 285-Morris. Grayson wins by forfeit: 138-Carico. Double forfeit: 120, 126.


Grayson County 42, Fort Chiswell 36

138 – Carrico (GC) p. Turner 1:34. Grayson County wins by forfeit: 106-J.Hale, 132-L.Hale, 145-Rector, 152-Anders, 160-Buchanan, 220-Moore. Fort Chiswell wins by forfeit: 113-Goad, 120-Sheets, 170-Gladding, 182-Pickett, 195-Mullins, 285-Primm. Double forfeit: 126.


Graham 45, Galax 27

113 – Hagerman (Gr) p. McMillan :54; 132 – Miller (Gr) dec. Boyles 14-8; 145 – Robinson (Gx) p. Evans 2:49; 152 – Byrd (Gr) p. Vaughn :24; 160 – Dixon (Gx) p. Thompson 4:58; 170 – Lee (Gr) p. Cornett :24; 182 – Spurlin (Gx) p. Stroupe :49; 195 – Compton (Gr) p. Sanchez 1:01; 220 – Sizemore (Gx) dec. Vest 7-1; 285 – Beavers (Gr) p. Morris :29. Galax wins by forfeit: 106-Smith. Graham wins by forfeit: 120-Hudson, 126-Evans. Double forfeit: 138.


Graham 71, Grayson County 18

132 – Miller (Gr) p. Hale 2:51; 145 – Evans (Gr) p. Rector :47; 152 – Anders (GC) p. Byrd :59; 160 – Thompson (Gr) p. Buchanan :59; 220 – Vest (Gr) dec. Moore 6-3. Grayson County wins by forfeit: 106-Hale, 138-Carrico. Graham wins by forfeit: 113-Hagerman, 120-Hudson, 126-Evans, 170-Lee, 182-Stroupe, 195-Compton, 285-Beavers.


Galax 54, Fort Chiswell 24

113 – Goad (FC) p. McMillan 2:19; 170 – Isom (Gx) p. Gladding :30; 182 – Spurlin (Gx) p. Pickett :18; 195 – Sanchez (Gx) p. Mullins :25; 285 – Primm (FC) p. Morris. Galax wins by forfeit: 106-Smith, 132-Boyles, 145-Robinson, 152-Vaughn, 160-Dixon, 220-Sizemore. Fort Chiswell wins by forfeit: 120-Sheets, 138-Turner. Double forfeit: 126.