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From Page 1 started off with a third-pe­riod pin over a scrappy op­po­nent. Then W&L tied the score with a pin over Zack Armor. At 125, Hitt earned his sec­ond pin with a 32sec­ond drop, and Casey fol­lowed at 130 with an­other pin. From there, the Ea­gles reeled off 20 straight points.”

McGillivra­y put Rap­pa­han­nock back on the board with a 45-sec­ond pin. From there, Washington and Lee picked up for­feits at 189, tal­lied a pin at 215, and a cel­e­brated a de­ci­sion in heavy­weight to fin­ish off the up­start Pan­thers, 43-24.

On the night, Sidrow, Hitt, Casey, and McGillivar­y all went 2-0 with pins and racked up sig­nif­i­cant points for the Pan­thers. The evening also put Sidrow’s ca­reer record at 61-13 — af­ter only one and a half sea­sons of wrestling.

“Over­all, this was an in­ter­est­ing night,” coach Har­ris said. “Prior to us wrestling Mathews, they had de­stroyed Washington and Lee, 45-30. For us to come out and beat the de­fend­ing Re­gion A cham­pion says a lot about the heart of our team. The boys re­ally had a great day of prac­tice on Thurs­day, and I saw them work- ing stuff in their matches that we went over in the prac­tice. Not only that, for the first time in a while, I saw the look in their eyes and could feel their in­ten­sity and en­ergy. It was great to wit­ness.

“CJ and Dylan brought key wins for us against state-ranked op­po­nents. This will help them down the road if they make states and face off against those boys again. Against W&L, it came down to match ups and ex­pe­ri­ence. They had two se­niors who both had over 90 ca­reer wins. Matt and Am­rit both went out and gave it their all against them. The W&L coach told us af­ter the matches that he had never seen a Sin­gle A school score 48 points on Mathews in a dual match. He paid all our kids some great com­pli­ments.”

Fri­day night marked win No. 12 for the Pan­ther team. “I have a good feel­ing that we may be the dark horse in the district duals this week­end in Stras­burg,” Har­ris said. “We have faced some very stiff com­pe­ti­tion from the AAA, AA, and now sin­gle A lev­els. With the right match ups, we can get that Top 3 fin­ish we’ve been look­ing for and be a con­tender when the North­ern Sec­tion­als and Re­gion B tour­na­ments roll around.

“Hard work, ded­i­ca­tion, and the de­sire to win al­ways pays off to the teams that work to achieve their goals.”

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