HAMPTON — It was a rough
Although no local high school team advanced to the semifinals, several teams enjoyed multiple wins in the consolation rounds, and Hampton High took fourth place in the Black & Blue Division.
Gloucester, competing in the American High School Division, was the first team to exit, losing first to Great Bridge and then dropping a 39-29 decision against Brookville to end its stay in the tournament.
The other teams — and Tabb, which beat Chancellor (60-21) and Fauquier (34-33) to claw back into contention — ended up facing each otherin a consolation round.
Hampton had its way against York, rolling to a 45-24 win. Poquoson also made easy work of the rival Tigers, winning its bout 51-24.
The wins gave the Crabbers and Islanders an opportunity to compete in the third-place match, held in the final session. To reach the consolation championship, Hampton was matched against Nansemond River, while Poquoson faced
Hampton got off to a rough start, falling behind 22-2. But, just as they had done the night before against Tabb, the Crabbers fought back valiantly, taking the next two matches to chip into the lead.
With the Crabbers trailing 22-11, James West (152) faced a crucial match, one he was narrowly winning 8-5 midway through the final period. But a takedown was followed with a pin, putting Hampton back into the thick of things at 22-17. Rognee Gardin (160) gave his team the lead, pinning his opponent in the final period for six points and a 23-22 edge.
The Warriors retook the lead, then tacked on three more points in the 182-pound match to build a 27-23 edge, which was erased when the Crabbers won by fall at 195. With Hampton clinging to a 29-27 advantage, the burden again fell to 220-pounder Shatiek Winn, whose key win sealed Friday night’s victory over Tabb.
Winn came through in the clutch again, building a 5-0 first-period lead, then pinning his opponent at the 1:36 mark of the second period, which sealed Hampton’s spot on the final docket.
Poquoson also faced a tough task, but was still trailing just 31-27 heading into the 195-pound match. Riley Howell worked his way to a 14-11 lead and held on for the decision and three more points, narrowing the gap to 31-30.
But the Bruins quickly ended the battle, scoring a 28-second pin in the 220-pound match, giving the team an insurmountable 37-30 lead. The bout ended 43-30 in favor of Western Branch.