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Vidalia Heritage Academy Wrestling Starts Year
Friday, 17 January 2014
January 17--The Vidalia Heritage Academy Elementary and Middle School Wrestling Teams are back in action and returned this weekend from their season opener in Tift Co.  According to Head Coach Chester Proctor, the Eagles are almost brand new in their second year.

"Of the 14 kids last year, we only had two return. The rest are new wrestlers in their first year. Of our new kids, we have one in Kindergarten, two in first grade, and a fifth grader. Returning this year are 2nd grader and state qualifier Ledger Curl and 7th grader Hunter King." Proctor said.

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Pictured L-R: Coach Larry Curl, Greer Posey, Deuce Hightower, Alexander Muzafarov, Ledger Curl, Isaac Willis, Coach Chester Proctor.  Not Pictured from the afternoon session: Hunter King

Despite basically starting over, Coach Proctor says he is pleasantly surprised at his team so far.  With just one tournament under their belt, the wrestling Eagles stayed true to their heritage from last year and cleaned up at their season open tournament in Tifton, Ga on Saturday.

"We did, we had a tough tournament to open the season with and I honestly went into it just hoping for each wrestler to do his best.  I wasn’t sure if we’d see any medals but I was pleasantly surprised.  1st grader Deuce Hightower had a tough bracket with 13 other wrestlers and he went undefeated and took home the championship medal.  Also in first grade is Greer Posey and Greer took home a gold medal as well with an exciting finals match.  We had two place second, 2nd grader Ledger Curl who lost a heartbreaker in the finals and  5th grader Isaac Willis, who lost his first match but wrestled back to take second in a round robin format.  Kindergartener Alexander Muzafarov lost his first match and needed to win the next 4 to have a chance to medal, but lost a close one in the 4th match of the consolation rounds to get knocked out of the tournament.  That was heartbreaking for everyone, because he was so close.  And our 7th Grader Hunter King fought extremely hard to capture the 3rd place medal.   I am extremely proud of these guys and can’t wait until Saturday to see what more they can do." Proctor said.

The Eagles travel down the road to the Kent Townley Lil Bulldog Brawl at Toombs Co. on Saturday and Coach Proctor says he may wrestle his team in two brackets each.

" At this age we have the option and most tournaments to wrestle up in either age or weight in addition to the bracket they are already in, and after last week, I think this is the obvious option for us.  It means more matches, more experience and possibly more medals and team points.  Robbie Rodgers and those guys at Toombs always put on a great tournament and I’m glad we won’t have to travel nearly as far, this week." Proctor stated.

 in addition to the new wrestlers, Coach Proctor has a new Assistant this year.

" Larry Curl, the father of Ledger Curl, one of our state qualifiers from last year, has stepped up and been a tremendous help.  Coach Kelly, who helped last year, was unable to assist this year, but is planning to return next year.  With a Coaching Staff like Kelly and Curl, the Heritage program can only grow and I’m humbled and excited to be a part of it." Coach Proctor said.

 
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