Warriors go 1-2 at Virginia Duals

Published 8:35 pm Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Nansemond River High School wrestling team continued to show it has some fight worthy of a big stage.

The Warriors (13-11) went 1-2 against some of the best teams in the area during the invitation-only 2015 Virginia Duals held at Hampton Coliseum.

“Overall, I think we wrestled pretty good on Friday,” NR coach Tripp Seed said. “We were giving up two forfeits this weekend because of the flu,” as junior 170-pounder Larry Goodman and freshman 220-pounder Ben Sammons were out.


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The Warriors faced Centreville High School on Friday and fell 39-28.

“I feel like it was a winnable match,” Seed said, but the forfeits and a failure to garner more bonus points via major decisions, technical falls or pins held Nansemond River back.

The match against the Wildcats “dictated how the rest of the weekend went,” Seed said.

The loss sent the Warriors to a consolation round on Saturday morning against Cape Henry Collegiate School, which Nansemond River won 41-33. The Dolphins forfeited four weight classes.

Junior 113-pounder Malcolm Dawson, senior 132-pounder Hunter Hill, senior 145-pounder Jacob Clark and senior 152-pounder Davon Adams each pinned their Cape Henry opponents to help pile up Warriors bonus points.

Seed said when competing in the Virginia Duals “where it’s a pretty prestigious tournament, you’ve got to get the bonus points when available all across the board.”

He noted usually if a team invited to participate in the Virginia Duals wins at least one match, they are invited back.

“We’ve won a match every year we’ve been,” Seed said, adding this is the Warriors’ seventh straight appearance in the event since he has been coach.

Nansemond River’s final consolation match on Saturday started at noon and ended with a 57-16 loss to Tallwood High School.

Though one of the Warriors’ best wrestlers, sophomore heavyweight Dia Gray, was pinned by Tallwood junior Hunter James, Seed was seeing it as a positive for Gray in the long run.

“I think he needed it,” the coach said, adding it will drive him to work harder and eliminate some weight now that he has returned from illness he experienced earlier in the season. “It’ll give him a little fire in him.”

Seed said his standouts this past weekend were Jacob Clark and Hunter Hill, who each went 3-0.

“They’re two seniors who are really putting in the time right now, they’re working hard in practice. They’re doing all the right things to make it to the state tournament,” Seed said. “And Jacob scored bonus points in all three of his matches for us.”

Clark pinned his opponents from Centreville and Cape Henry in the 145-pound weight class and won by a 12-4 major decision against his Tallwood opponent in the 138-pound weight class.

Hill beat his 138-pound Centreville opponent via a 9-6 decision and then wrestled in the 132-pound class on Saturday and recorded consecutive pins.

Seed cited some benefits his team experiences by participating in the Virginia Duals.

“I like it for the atmosphere,” he said. “Some of best teams in the country high school-wise are there.”

The Warriors competed in the Virginia Duals Black and Blue High School Tournament, which featured good teams from around the area.

The tournament featured 16 strong teams from Virginia, Delaware, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

Seed said he is going to push to move up to the American division next year, which he said features teams with three to five wrestlers who placed in their state.

Some of the best college teams were also competing in college tourneys that were part of the Virginia Duals. The teams included Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, Old Dominion University and Edinboro University.

“I took my kids out of school a little bit early to watch those matches,” Seed said.

Following are Nansemond River’s results from this past weekend’s 2015 Virginia Duals Black and Blue High School Tournament at the Hampton Coliseum:


Friday’s Championship Round 1: Centreville 39, Nansemond River 28

106 – Patrick Lyons (C) def. Ryan Ledesma (NR) by Dec 13-10

113 – Victor Echeverria (C) wins by Forfeit

120 – Malcolm Dawson (NR) def. Ryan Davis (C) by Dec 8-7

126 – James Boone (NR) def. Jacob Sutter (C) by Pin in 3:17

132 – Michael Vu (C) def. Matt Colbert (NR) by Pin in 0:14

138 – Hunter Hill (NR) def. Noah Lim (C) by Dec 9-6

145 – Jacob Clark (NR) def. Akash Singh (C) by Pin in 5:02

152 – Davon Adams (NR) def. John Farley (C) by Dec 4-1

160 – Malik Neely (NR) def. Marco Lim (C) by Maj Dec 12-0

170 – Robert Songao (C) def. Carlos Perez (NR) by Pin in 2:30

182 – Michael Seneca (C) def. Keoni Broad (NR) by Pin in 2:31

195 – Tyler Love (C) win by Forfeit

220 – Lawrence Wright (C) wins by Forfeit

285 – Dia Gray (NR) def. Jordan Brooks (C) by Dec 5-2

Saturday’s Consolation Round 1: Nansemond River 41, Cape Henry 33

106 – Derrick Cannon (NR) def. Michael White (CH) by Pin in 1:19

113 – Malcolm Dawson (NR) wins by Forfeit

120 – Luke Harvich (CH) def. James Boone (NR) by Dec 6-4

126 – Reece Fowler (CH) def. Daniel Peacher (NR) by Pin in 1:39

132 – Hunter Hill (NR) def. Taylor Cockroft (CH) by Pin in 0:31

138 – Logan Harvich (CH) wins by Forfeit

145 – Jacob Clark (NR) def. Jordan Scott (CH) by Pin in 0:53

152 – Davon Adams (NR) def. Daniel Fagan (CH) by Pin in 2:44

160 – Malik Neely (NR) wins by Forfeit

170 – Tommy Christianson (CH) def. Carlos Perez (NR) by Pin in 5:50

182 – Prince Charles (CH) def. Keoni Broad (NR) by Pin in 2:31

195 – Hunter Christianson (CH) def. Chris Cooper (NR) by Pin in 1:00

220 – Double Forfeit

285 – Dia Gray (NR) wins by Forfeit


Saturday’s Consolation Round 2: Tallwood 57, Nansemond River 16

106 – Steven Rossero (T) def. Ryan Ledesma (NR) by Pin in 2:59

113 – Malcolm Dawson (NR) def. Gage Stover (T) by Dec 6-4

120 – Shalek Colon (T) def. James Boone (NR) by Dec 4-2

126 – Jamal Bullard (T) def. McKale Williams (NR) by Pin in 0:59

132 – Hunter Hill (NR) def. Jacob Debevic (T) by Pin in 3:15

138 – Jacob Clark (NR) def. Adam Epstein (T) by Maj Dec 12-4

145 – Brandon Harris (T) def. Davon Adams (NR) by Pin in 1:07

152 – Malik Neely (NR) def. Marshiano Pandt (T) by Dec 6-2

160 – Jarrett Monton (T) def. Carlos Perez (NR) by Pin in 0:38

170 – Noah Bailey (T) win by Forfeit

182 – Patrick Amarino (T) def. Chris Cooper (NR) by Pin in 0:35

195 – Dallas Carter (T) wins by Forfeit

220 – Eann Aquino (T) wins by Forfeit

285 – Hunter James (T) def. Dia Gray (NR) by Pin in 4:15