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Prince George Spoils Hopewell's Senior Night
By DAVID BREIDENBACH, Correspondent
Feb 1, 2013, 16:20

Hopewell High School senior Terence Terry (top) wrestles against Prince George's Chastin Collier during a Central District match on Wednesday. Terry won the bout, but the visiting Royals used victories in the first five weight classes to prevail 54-19 (photo by David Breidenbach).


HOPEWELL - In both teams' final tune-up before Saturday's Central District tournament, the Prince George High School wrestling team spoiled Hopewell's Senior Night with a 54-19 road win in a match that featured seven pins on Wednesday.

The district tournament is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Dinwiddie High School.

With both teams going through a bit of a building phase and featuring young wrestlers on the mat, the Royals came out strong by putting up 30 straight points behind four pins and a forfeit.

The pins came from Jared Davis in the 113-pound class, Austin Minton at 120, Spencer Gifford at 126 and Matt Burgess at 132.

In the 138-pound division, Reakwon Arnold benefited from the first of Hopewell's three forfeits. The Blue Devils also forfeited bouts at 195 to Zack Relford and 220 to Trevor Hargrave.

"I think a lot of us are going through a growth time," said Prince George coach David Emory. "We're really young and they are really young. Our young kind of matched up with their young kids, and they did well."

Prince George senior John Shumar (front) grapples with Hopewell's Hunter Case on Wednesday (photo by David Breidenbach).
The home team earned its first points when Kolbe Granderson broke through with a pin in the 145-pound weight class.

Hopewell coach Mike Henderson said Granderson has been a pleasant surprise for his team. The freshman, who has only competed at two events, earned his first win at an event in Christiansburg and managed Hopewell's first pin in this match.

"We started five freshman and sophomores, one junior and two seniors," Henderson said. "I thought we had some big wins. At 145, Kolbe Granderson's win was something to take away positive. [Terence] Terry has been strong for us all season. He's 21-5 this year and Jacob [Roark] is 18-4."

Hopewell rebounded nicely in the heavier weights, despite losing two classes to forfeit. Once the Royals' Garret Holt earned a win by pin at 152, the Blue Devils picked things up.

Terry dominated his opponent en route to a 13-5 win, narrowly missing a major decision by one point. Hunter Case earned a pin at 182 and Roark, Hopewell's heavyweight, prevailed in a slow battle of the brutes by scoring in the final seconds to win 7-2.

"We are definitely in a rebuilding phase," Henderson said. "We had some big wins. [Terence] Terry is tough on his feet. He doesn't give up a lot of points there."

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