Churchland​ ​Loses​ Tournament ​But ​Not​ ​Hope

February 17, 2017

 

 

The​ ​4A​ ​Regional​ ​Wrestling​ ​Tournament​ ​was​ ​held​ ​at​ ​Churchland​ ​High​ ​School​ ​on​ ​Friday,​ ​February 10th​ ​and​ ​Saturday,​ ​February​ ​11th.​ ​There​ ​were​ ​a​ ​total​ ​of​ ​24​ ​teams​ ​and​ ​roughly​ ​100​ ​wrestlers competing. 

         

Churchland​ ​wrestler​ ​Charles​ ​Grant​ ​lost​ ​his​ ​match​ ​on​ ​Friday​ ​and​ ​described​ ​his​ ​performance​ ​afterwards,​ ​“So​ ​far,​ ​I’m​ ​not​ ​doing​ ​that​ ​great,​ ​but​ ​the​ ​day​ ​is​ ​still​ ​young​ ​and​ ​we​ ​have​ ​today​ ​and tomorrow.”​ ​Charles​ ​ended​ ​up​ ​winning​ ​on​ ​Saturday​ ​and​ ​placing​ ​8th​ ​in​ ​his​ ​weight​ ​class.  

         

Trenton​ ​Holliman,​ ​who​ ​wrestled​ ​at​ ​106​ ​pounds,​ ​faced​ ​a​ ​competitor​ ​from​ ​Powhatan,​ ​who​ ​came​ ​in 4th.​ ​Holliman​ ​came​ ​out​ ​on​ ​the​ ​losing​ ​end​ ​of​ ​that​ match.​ ​“My​ ​opponents​ ​were​ ​very​ ​competitive, but​ ​I​ ​still​ ​put​ ​up​ ​a​ ​fight.”​ ​Powhatan​ ​scored​ ​144​ ​more​ ​points​ ​than​ ​Churchland,​ ​so​ ​that​ ​one​ ​loss didn’t​ ​seem​ ​so​ ​bad. 

          

Darien​ ​Willis,​ ​who​ ​also​ ​lost​ ​his​ ​match,​ ​said,​ ​“Honestly,​ ​the​ ​day​ ​is​ ​still​ ​going,​ ​but​ ​I​ ​did​ ​terrible.”​ ​He went​ ​on​ ​to​ ​say,​ ​“We’re​ ​a​ ​team​ ​full​ ​of​ ​freshmen​ ​wrestling​ ​people​ ​that​ ​are​ ​seniors.”  

         

The​ ​team,​ ​the​ ​coaches,​ ​and​ ​everyone​ ​involved​ ​with​ ​Churchland​ ​Wrestling​ ​was​ ​frustrated.  

               

Churchland​ ​scored​ ​7​ ​points​ ​in​ ​the​ ​two​ ​day​ ​tournament.​ ​The​ ​team​ ​with​ ​the​ ​most​ ​points​ ​was Eastern​ ​View,​ ​with​ ​243.​ ​They​ ​were​ ​the​ ​clear​ ​winner​ ​considering​ ​second place Great​ ​Bridge​ ​scored​ ​188.5 points,​ ​a​ ​total​ ​of​ ​54.5​ ​points​ ​lower​ ​than​ ​Eastern​ ​View.​ ​The​ ​team​ ​closest​ ​to​ ​Churchland’s​ ​7​ ​points was​ ​Lake​ ​Taylor​ ​with​ ​23. 

         

By​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​two-day​ ​tournament,​ ​Churchland​ ​proved​ ​their​ ​struggles​ ​were​ ​real.​ ​Although they​ ​lost,​ ​they​ ​all​ ​put​ ​up​ ​a​ ​serious​ ​fight​ ​and​ ​didn’t​ ​give​ ​up.​ ​No​ ​wrestler​ ​got​ ​completely​ ​destroyed, they​ ​just​ ​didn’t​ ​get​ ​the​ ​points.  

             

Churchland​ ​wasn’t​ ​ready​ ​for​ ​the​ ​experienced​ ​competition,​ ​or​ ​the​ ​matches​ ​against​ ​the​ ​former regional​ ​champions.  

 

 

 

 

Photos: Elijah Macklin

 

 

 

 

 

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