Lack of qualifying wrestlers hurts Indians

Published 7:38 am Thursday, December 20, 2012

SUFFOLK—The Southampton High School wrestling team lost 54-27 to Maury and 36-30 to host Kings Fork during a Saturday match in Suffolk.

“We had five wrestlers that didn’t make weight,” said Southampton Coach William “Buddy” Whitehurst. “That put us behind the eight ball to begin with. We were down 30-0 before we even started.”

Top wrestlers for the Indians were sophomores Paul Long and Tim Mason, senior Saquan Fenner and his brother, Devine Fenner, a junior.

In tournament action from Dec. 8 at Lafayette High School, Southampton placed ninth out of 16 teams in the Bay Rivers and Battlefield districts. Placing third were Long in the 138-pound class, Devine Fenner in the 152-pound class and junior Samuel McDonald in the 195-pound class.

For the Indians’ season opener at Nottoway High School, Southampton defeated the host 43-42 and Cumberland 54-14.