Tiger Wrestling Opens Season in Lynchburg

Benjamin J Veshi

On Wednesday evening, the Hargrave Tigers took to the wrestling mat for the first time since February 2020 in a tri-match at Virginia Episcopal School which also included Grace Christian School in addition to the host.

Despite being able to fill only half of the weight classes, the Tigers fought hard. Our first match against Grace Christian saw Grayson Andrews ’26 (Vestavia, Al.) start us off with a forfeit victory. At 113, despite only weighing in at 98.3 pounds, Thomas Vaughan ’25 (Spring Township, PA) fought hard in defeat. At 120, also wrestling up a weight class, Eryk King ’22 (Chatham, VA) also fought well in defeat. At 145, Christopher Roe ’22( Lancaster, PA) was in a tough match when he got caught. At 160, Richard Hahn ’26 (Cobbs Creek, VA) also fought hard against a much older opponent before falling. At 170, Malachi Jackson ’23 (Danville, VA) scored a 16-1 Technical Fall victory. In the final match, Quintin Gordy ’23 (Williamsburg, VA) scored a 2nd Period Fall against an opponent 25 pounds heavier. The final team match score was Grace Christian School winning 48-17. 

In the second match, V.E.S. scored a 54-30 team victory. Scoring wins for Hargrave were Andrews, Vaughan, and King. At 170, Jackson scored a 1:50 Fall. And at 285, Gordy scored another Fall in 2:14.

According to Head Coach, Tris Vaughan, “It was a tremendous opportunity for our guys to shake the rust off and get back on the mats against people wearing different colored singlets. It also afforded us the opportunity to see what we need to do to continue to improve as individual wrestlers. I was proud of our effort tonight!”

Hargrave is back in action on December 4th as they host the annual Cody Day Memorial Tournament.