Blue Devils Tri-meet
By DANIEL PARKER
Jan 25, 2017, 16:31
Hopewell Ethen Hill flips Thomas Dale’s Jesse Jones.
Blue Devils Hunter Cowden grapples to take the upperhand against Roderick Williams jr.
With the absence of two wrestlers, Hopewell held its own against Thomas Dale and Dinwiddie, last Wednesday at a tri-meet.
The Blue Devils lost both matches against Dinwiddie and Thomas Dale, but Blue Devils Coach Richard Halas sees the progress of his team. Hopewell lost 42 to 30 against Dinwiddie and 30 to 40 against Thomas Dale. Despite these loses Coach Halas feels satisfied considering the absence of two grapplers.
“Both of the teams we wrestled have reliable feeder programs and experienced wrestlers, said Blue Devils Wrestling Coach Rich Halas. “In the last several years they’ve beaten us by larger margins than they did tonight, which indicates progression for our team.”
Garet Jordan and Ja’vae McKeever both came through with two wins on the mat. Jordan set the tone for this season including his first match against Thomas Dale noted Halas. Jordan pinned his opponent in the first match against Thomas Dale and Halas added that it set the tone for the match.
“It worked out that he was our first match agaisnt Thomas Dale, giving his teammates something to strive to match,” said the Blue Devils Coach. “After pinning his opponent in 1:01, his younger teammate and Co-Captain, Hunter Cowden, came out and pinned his opponent in 32 seconds.”
With 7 practices between this tri and the conference there isn’t enough time to learn anything new to prepare said Halas. The thing now is for the team to perfect their technique for conference coupled with drills and conditioning noted Halas. Halas has seen improvement from his team with grapplers working to bring in points instead of going straight to pinning their opponent..
“Earlier in the year, some of us were scrambling for a pin before securing points that we were putting ourselves in compromising positions,” said the Coach “Most of them did a better job of wrestling intelligently tonight, which is a good sign moving forward”.