R-H successful but shorthanded

Published 11:02 am Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Randolph-Henry High School’s varsity wrestling team has produced some outstanding success, though its participants are few after a big graduation.

“It’s been a good season,” Statesmen Head Coach Zack Mowery said. “… The kids I have are really good. I just wish I had more of them.”

Randolph-Henry (R-H) hosted a meet Dec. 13, facing Bluestone, Cumberland County and Goochland high schools.

The Statesmen were impressive in the weight classes for which they have wrestlers, but they surrender six points for every class that they do not fill, meaning they spot their opponents 36 points each dual.

Statesmen junior 120-pounder John Wendelin wrestled up a class at 126.

“He looked magnificent,” Mowery said. “He won one match by technical fall, which is basically slaughter rule. He was beating the kid by 15 points or more. … And he pinned two other kids in about a minute.”

Wendelin went 3-0 at the event. Junior 145-pounder Billy French, senior heavyweight Caleb Calhoun and sophomore 195-pounder Daniel Parrish each went 2-1.

“We’re not a good dual team, but we are a great tournament team, and we have a big tournament coming up,” Mowery said.

R-H travels to Grundy High School on Wednesday for the Agie Skeens Memorial Wrestling Tournament, a two-day event.