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Grundy's wrestling team and coaching staff celebrates its second straight tournament win, a dominating performance in the Turner Ashby Christmas Classic in Bridgewater last weekend. The Wave now travels to Reno, Nevada this week for the Reno Tournament of Champions. (Photos by Becky Bartley.)

Jeremy Hurley
112-pound champ

Derek Anderson
119-pound champ

Ethan Owens
130-pound champ

Josh Lee
189-pound champ

Alex Edwards
Heavyweight champ


Wave Wrestlers Dominate Turner Ashby Classic
Grundy Claims Second Straight Tournament Title While Crowning Five Individual Champions

by Lloyd Combs
Sports Reporter

A senior, two juniors, a sophomore and a freshman.  
      Grundy had five individual champions and dominated the team standings to win the Turner Ashby Christmas tournament Friday and Saturday at Turner Ashby High School in Dayton. It made it two wins in as many tournaments for the Golden Wave wrestling squad.
     Junior Alex Edwards won the heavyweight title, junior Josh Lee picked up his first tourney win at 189 pounds, while junior Derek Anderson dominated the 119-pound weight class.
      Sophomore Ethan Owens remained undefeated at 130 pounds, while the Wave's freshman champ, Jeremy Hurley, was named Outstanding Wrestler in the tourney after he worked his way to the title at 112 pounds.
      "The kids are doing well," Grundy coach Travis Fiser said. "We had Brandon Hankins back in there scoring points. For his first tournament, we got a good performance from him. All the kids did a good job.
      "We're getting our lineup in shape. We hope to have Kaleb Smith back in there, and get Daniel Lowe down to 152, we should be in good shape for the Agie (Skeens) tournament."
      Six Grundy wrestlers reached the finals, including freshman Sean Vandyke, who finished second at 103 pounds. Hankins was third at 140, while Demarco Owens was third at 171 pounds. Josh McCowan (160), Jon Dotson (135) and Morgan Owens (215) each placed fourth.
      Four Grundy wrestlers placed while wrestling for the Golden Wave "B" team. Tanner McClanahan was fourth a 171, Daniel Lowe finished seventh at 160 and Billy Owens (112) and Tyler Justus (140) each placed eighth.
     Jeremy Hurley had an outstanding tournament, defeating the second ranked wrestler in the state at 112 pounds in the semifinals, and winning a 13-5 major decision
in Saturday's finals.

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Twin Valley sophomore Josh Smith (#34) goes up and over Grundy defender D.J. Gelentser for two of his team-high 23 points in Monday's non-district contest at Grundy High School. Smith also hauled in 21 rebounds to help lead the Panthers to its first win in its last four games.  (Staff photo/Sam Bartley.)

Panthers' Losing Streak Ends With 64-54 Non-District Win at Grundy

by Lloyd Combs
Sports Reporter   
      One losing streak ended, while another one began.
     Twin Valley held off Grundy, 64-54, in a non-district contest between the two Buchanan County rivals Monday night at Grundy High School.
     The win ended a three-game losing streak for the Panthers, who lost three games in three nights at a tournament last weekend in Bristol. It was the second straight loss for Grundy, which opened the season with two wins .
     Despite second-half foul trouble, Josh Smith scored 23 points and hauled in 21 rebounds to lead Twin Valley.
     Hunter Simpson added 21 points and 11 boards, while Jory Rife scored 11 points for Twin Valley, which overcame 23 turnovers in a game that was sloppy at best, especially in the second half.
     “Turnovers, once again, was a problem for us,” Twin Valley coach Brian Moore said. “Fortunately, Grundy was cold. “We got the lead and were able to hang onto it. We haven’t been able to sustain a lead on anybody.”
     Twin Valley (2-3) held a 47-32 rebounding edge on the Golden Wave. The Panthers led by as many as 16 points, at 39-23, in the second half.
      Grundy, whose only lead was 2-0, trailed 35-21 in the first half, when the Wave shot just 22.6 percent (7-31) from the floor. Grundy got within eight points twice in the second half, the last time at 62-54, after a three-pointer by Bobby Peck with 1:01 remaining.

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