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Tunstall narrowly edges Martinsville in wrestling tourney
Holloway gets historic win at 106 pounds
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Magna Vista’s Keely Holloway sets up Bassett’s Cole Davis for a pin in their 106 pound match in Thursday’s Piedmont District tournament at Martinsville High School. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)

Friday, February 1, 2013

By MARK THOMPSON - Bulletin Sports Editor

Magna Vista 106-pound wrestler Keely Holloway didn’t have the words to describe it.

She was the first female to win a Piedmont District wrestling championship, and after pinning Cole Davis, of Bassett, there was one thing Holloway did know — it meant a lot to her.

Although Tunstall ultimately came out with a 1?2-point victory against Martinsville — about as close as they come — in the Piedmont District Wrestling Tournament on Thursday at Martinsville Middle School, it was Holloway’s historic win in a male-dominated sport that shone just as much, if not more.

“I’ve trained at 4:30 every morning,” Holloway said. “We have different workouts everyday. Monday we do arms — we do biceps and back. And Tuesday we do triceps and shoulders and Wednesdays we do legs.”

It’s that training that made Holloway’s win that much sweeter to her. The junior at Magna Vista knew after her first two years in the sport that she needed to get stronger to compete.

She started working out with head coach Zeak Ca’stle every Monday-Thursday at 4:30 a.m., and it paid off.

“If I had 50 of her, we’d probably be a state-championship team. She’s very self-motivated,” Ca’stle said.

After two years in Magna Vista’s program, she had five total wins, Ca’stle said.

This year she is 23-11 and the Piedmont District champion at 106 pounds.

“That’s really big, especially in a male-dominated sport,” Ca’stle said. “When she started wrestling, people would look at her like, ‘Aw, she’s cute.’ You know, ‘Yay, you did good,’ whether she won or lost. But now people respect her. It’s big, because it shows other girls that they can do it.”

Holloway’s win was the first title-match of the night, but it wasn’t nearly the beginning of the excitement at the PD tournament.

Bassett’s Jacob Scott, Justin Frith and Jacob Hale won the next three first-place matches.

Scott went to work quick on Tunstall’s Austin Canavan, taking him down and putting him in a cradle. Canavan escaped, but only long enough for Scott to cradle him again. This time, Scott finished the pin with just four seconds remaining in the first period.

Frith rode legs and controlled Magna Vista’s Claude Morris for much of the match, ultimately pinning him in the second period.

Hale beat Magna Vista’s Isaih Clark 6-3 without recording a single takedown. Hale was awarded four points for Clark either locking hands or stalling.

Bassett head coach Michael Hodges, who was voted the PD Coach of the Year by the coaches, said he liked what his team did Thursday night.

“Overall I was really impressed with everyone’s performance,” said Hodges, whose team finished with 158.5 points in third place.

Bassett’s Chad Wiggington won the 138-pound championship and was voted the PD Wrestler of the Year by the coaches. Wiggington pinned Martinsville’s Kerio Witcher late in the second period.

Dustin Craig was Bassett’s fifth champion. Craig defeated Tunstall’s Hunter DeVall 8-3 after he pulled away late in the match.

Martinsville and Bassett each had five champions and made up 10 of the 14 total first-place finishers.

Martinsville’s Nate McKenzie pinned Tunstall’s Chris Johnson with ease. McKenzie continuously recorded takedowns, then released Johnson to set up another takedown. He pinned Johnson early in the second period.

At 145 pounds, Martinsville’s Tristian Adams pinned Tunstall’s Deshawn Lovelace in 49 seconds. Adams jumped up after the pin and roared in celebration.

Martinsville 182-pounder Alberto Garcia won a 7-0 decision against against Bassett’s Chris Davis. Had Garcia pinned Davis like he did earlier in the year or won by major decision, Martinsville would have won the team title.

“That’s the way it goes sometimes,” Martinsville head coach Marty White said. “The guys have learned a lot this year and they’ve grown. ... I wanted six in the finals. We ended up with five, so that’s not bad. And I wanted one more guy on the podium for third (place).”

White thought Martinsville had a chance to win if 220-pounder Adam Thurman and 285-pounder Tyshawn Williams both recorded pins, which they both did.

Tunstall head coach Randy Hunsicker thought so to.

Instead, Tunstall snuck out a 1?2-point win, 165.5-165.

“I’d rather lose by 20 than by 1?2 a point,” White said.

Thurman won his match with ease, pinning his opponent in 47 seconds. Williams needed a little more than two periods but eventually got Tunstall 285-pounder James Brinkley’s shoulders on the mat.

“I liked the fight in all of my kids tonight,” Hunsicker said. “They did a great job.”

Jake Phelps and Jacob Barnette an were the only champions for Tunstall at 160 pounds and 170 pounds, respectively.

Holloway was the only champion for Magna Vista, which had 158.5 team points.

Patrick County finished last in the event with 77.5 points.

152-pounder Zach Tickle was the lone champion for the Cougars. Tickle beat Tunstall’s Stephen Chambers 12-6.

“Tickle did great,” Patrick County head coach David Morrison said.

Zach Overby lost the finals bout at 170 pounds and was the only other PCHS wrestler to make the finals.

The top four finishers at each weight class qualify for Regionals.

Piedmont District Wrestling Tournament


At Martinsville Middle School

Team Points

1. Tunstall 165.5

2. Martinsville 165.0

3. Bassett 158.5

4. Magna Vista 83.3

5. Patrick County 77.5

Individual Placers

106 pounds

1. Keely Holloway, Magna Vista

2. Cole Davis, Bassett

3. Eli Etheir, Patrick County

4. Matthew Howell, Tunstall

113 pounds

1. Jacob Scott, Bassett

2. Austin Canavan, Tunstall

3. Lorenz Hill, Martinsville

120 pounds

1. Justin Frith, Bassett

2. Claude Morris, Magna Vista

3. Mitchell Shields, Tunstall

4. Cody Turner, Martinsville

126 pounds

1. Jacob Hale, Bassett

2. Isaih Clark, Magna Vista

3. Ezra Carnes, Patrick County

4. Ahmad Manns, Martinsville

132 pounds

1. Nate McKenzie, Martinsville

2. Chris Johnson, Tunstall

3. Jaquavis Mitchell, Magna Vista

4. Noah Wolf, Patrick County

138 pounds

1. Chad Wiggington, Bassett

2. Kerion Witcher, Martinsville

3. Ryan Pennington, Patrick County

4. Stone Norton, Tunstall

145 pounds

1. Tristian Adams, Martinsville

2. Deshawn Lovelace, Tunstall

3. William Alverson, Bassett

4. Dustin Tucker, Patrick County

152 pounds

1. Zach Tickle, Patrick County

2. Stephen Chambers, Tunstall

3. Cody Martin, Martinsville

4. Aaron Harmon, Bassett

160 pounds

1. Jake Phelps, Tunstall

2. Corey Jones, Martinsville

3. Jesse Helms, Bassett

4. Andrew Abbott, Magna Vista

170 pounds

1. Jacob Barnett, Tunstall

2. Zach Overby, Patrick County

3. Dacaruis Martin, Martinsville

4. Cole Watson, Magna Vista

182 pounds

1. Alberto Garcia, Martinsville

2. Chris Davis, Bassett

3. Austin Hunt, Tunstall

4. Isaac Wood, Patrick County

195 pounds

1. Dustin Craig, Bassett

2. Hunter DeVall, Tunstall

3. Jaren Burrnette, Martinsville

4. Correy Rorrer, Patrick County

220 pounds

1. Adam Thurman, Martinsville

2. Toy Watson, Tunstall

285 pounds

1. Tyshawn Williams, Martinsville

2. James Brinkley, Tunstall

3. Adam Jones, Magna Vista

4. Brode Corns, Patrick County

PD Coach of the Year: Michael Hodges, Bassett

PD Player of the Year: Chad Wiggington, Bassett


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