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Vidalia Wrestling Team Travels To DC
Wednesday, 15 January 2014

January 15--The Vidalia Wrestling team traveled to Annandale, Virginia to compete in the annual Annandale Duals.  The Indians came away with a fourth place finish. 

In the first round, Vidalia defeated Manassas Park 51-30.  Manassas Park finished third last year in the Class A Virginia State Tournament.  Winners in the Manassas Park meet were; Connor McCoy, Jerry Clark, Jawaun Miller, Tyler Campbell, Darnell Hendley, Chris Jones, Devin Johnson, Daniel Copeland, and Shakeem Lassiter. 

Vidalia then lost to AAAAAA power house Lake Braddock 19-58.  Winners in the Lake Braddock meet were; Miller, Johnson, Lassiter, and Trace Simmons. 

The Indians bounced back defeating Woodbridge in a tight 39-30 match.  Winners in the Woodbridge meet were Clark, Joiner, Reggie Lamb, Campbell, Hendley, Johnson, Copeland, Simmons, and Lassiter. 

Vidalia defeated Yorktown 66-9.  Yorktown won only one wrestled match.  Winners in the Yorktown meet were; McCoy, Clark, Joiner, Miller, Lamb, Campbell, Jones, Johnson, Copeland, Simmons, and Lassiter. 

“We had a great first couple of rounds of wrestling,” commented Coach James Ferry.  He continued, “What a way to go into the conso-finals, with an 11-1 match record in the last meet.”

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The Indians matched up against the host Annandale Atoms, a AAAAAA school,  in the consolation finals.  The Atoms received a forfeit at 106.  Connor McCoy pinned his opponent in the first period to pull the Indians to a 6-6 tie.  Annandale won the next two matches by pin to hold an 18-6 lead going into 132.  At 132, Jawaun Miller surprised the home Atoms with a vicious body throw and pinned his opponent to close the score to 18-12.  Annandale won at 138 pounds but only by technical fall, therefore saving a team point. 

Coach Blount commented at the time, “That point will be big at the end of this meet.”  Tyler Campbell picked up the Indians with a pin at 145 pounds followed by Darnell Hendley’s 17-13 victory at 152 pounds.  The Indians were now down 21-23.  The home Atoms won at 160 with a forfeit and 170 with a pin.  Leading 35-21, the host team felt very confident going into the last four matches. 

“They felt confident in their victory, but we know we are very good at the last four,” stated Coach Ferry.  Devin Johnson, at 182, aggressively pinned his opponent when his opponent continued to back away from him.  At 195, Daniel Copeland earned a last second near fall to bump his score to 8-0.  The score was now Annandale 35, Vidalia 31. 

“They are not wrestling us.  They are just trying not to get pinned,” Coach Blount explained.  At 220, the visiting Indians were leading the match 4-2.  The Annandale wrestler hit a desperation body throw and earned a pin for the host school putting the score at an unattainable 41-31.  Shakeem Lassiter took the mat at 285, and even though the team score was out of reach, he dominated the local atom winning 8-0.  The final score was Annandale 41, Vidalia 35.

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While in Virginia, the Indians traveled to Washington, DC each day.  The Indians started with a Pentagon tour courtesy SSGT Kelly Brockway; a sister of a former wrestler.  The Indians then traveled to Arlington Cemetery.  After viewing the vast, deep heart felt view and size of the cemetery, the Indian Wrestling team went to the Tomb of the Unknowns. 

Buried at this tomb is an American soldier from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.  The wrestlers were very impressed with the commitment the on-duty soldiers displayed when they guarded the tomb and the changing of the guard.  Michael Joiner commented, “They are as committed to those unknown soldiers as we are committed to each other.” 

The team then had a tour of the Capitol Building courtesy of former VHS wrestler, political personality James Davis.  The team saw the old Senate Room, which is not always available for viewing. 

The following day the Indians went to three of the Smithsonian Museums; Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, and American History Museum.  After wrestling on Saturday, the team traveled back to DC to view the monuments and White House.

 
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