Pan­thers fin­ish hol­i­day Brawl in good form

Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE - BY MELISSA DEL­COUR

In the midst of hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions, Pan­ther wrestlers skipped calo­rie-dense desserts and fo­cused on pre­par­ing for bat­tle. On Dec. 28 and 29, Rap­pa­han­nock County High School hosted the first an­nual Pan­ther Christ­mas Brawl.

Day 1 of the Duals saw Rap­pa­han­nock in pool com­pe­ti­tion with Cen­tralWood­stock, Wil­liam Mon­roe, War­ren County B, and en­gaged in a cross­over match with Mas­s­aponax.

On the mats with Cen­tral-Wood­stock, the Pan­thers trailed 18-0 be­fore CJ Sidrow ( 112) earned a pin to score the first points. “ From there,” coach Jamie Har­ris said, “ a Dylan Hitt pin at 130 scored the de­ci­sive points and we took ad­van­tage of four Fal­con for­feits to score a 48-30 win.”

Next up was a much im­proved Wil­liam Mon­roe, who a week ear­lier ad­vanced to the cham­pi­onship round of the Moun­taineer Duals in Madi­son County. Rapp again trailed 12-0, be­fore Sidrow ( 103), Zack Armor ( 119), Hitt ( 130), Matt Lom­bardi ( 135), Pa­trick Fo­ley ( 140), Smith Cliffton ( 152), and Tanyon Lee ( 160) all picked up pins pro­pel the Pan­thers to a 48-36 win.

The Pan­thers met War­ren County B in the third match. “ This was a dog­fight from the get go,” coach Har­ris said. “ War­ren County got an up­set de­ci­sion at 103 when Thom­son de­ci­sioned CJ Sidrow 9-4.” Armor, Cody Casey ( 125), Hitt, Lom­bardi, and Lee all ex­e­cuted pins and helped edge the Wild­cats 36-33.

In the fi­nal matchup of the day, Rap­pa­han­nock faced off against AAA Mas­s­aponax. “ We were caught in an­other dog­fight and needed one of our comebacks,” Har­ris said. “ This time Casey picked up a tech fall win 24-8, Hitt ben­e­fited from a ma­jor de­ci­sion with a 10-2 win, Lom­bardi fol­lowed with a pin, Ar­mit Tamang ( 145)

Photo by Medge Carter

DONE: Dylan Hitt rises af­ter the whis­tle in one of his tough­est brawls, against a Colo­nial Heights op­po­nent, dur­ing the Pan­thers’ Christ­mas tour­na­ment.

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