For Chris Lee, redemption came at a higher weight class.
Lee was pinned at 215 pounds Friday night as Hampton couldn't hold onto an eight-point lead against Skyline in the Virginia Duals' Black and Blue Division high school quarterfinals.
Given another chance to clinch a victory for the Crabbers at 285 pounds Saturday, he delivered, pinning Tyler Bruce in 3:49 to lead Hampton to a 42-33 win against York in the consolation quarterfinals at the Hampton Coliseum.
"He and the heavyweight (Lorenzo Green, who was also pinned against Skyline) were down after that match, but I told them to keep fighting," Hampton coach Ron McRae said.
It marked Lee's rapid development this season: from a junior-varsity wrestler at the beginning of the season, to winning a wrestle-off with another 215-pounder to get to the varsity, to getting his first wins Wednesday against Menchville and Woodside, to lifting the Crabbers to the consolation semifinals.
"I told him to keep working and getting better," McRae said. "Those wins (Wednesday) gave him confidence."
Falcons coach Todd Parrish said had he won the coin toss, he would have held Bruce, a Group AA state place-winner last season, until the heavyweight match.
"A pin there definitely would have been a momentum swing," Parrish said.
The Falcons, who rebounded from a 53-6 loss to Langley on Friday night to down Gloucester 42-37 in a consolation match, took a 21-12 lead after pins by John Ingalls (125), Lucas Farrants (130) and Pat Mayer (135) and were up 27-14 before the Crabbers fired back with pins by Steven Tilton (160), Denzel Davis (171) and Monte Haney (189), setting up the final bout after Hampton forfeited at 215.
"You obviously can't have low expectations," Parrish said. "After the first night, I was hoping we'd have a little better showing, and I thought we did."
The Crabbers were the last team from the Peninsula alive at the Duals, but their day ended with a 36-34 loss to Indian River in the consolation semifinals.
"The Duals is a great experience," McRae said. "The two losses were really close (four points to Skyline, two to Indian River). And we're still not at full strength. I'm proud of them."
Grafton defeated Phoebus 34-27 to advance to the consolation quarterfinals, where the Clippers lost to Chancellor 44-16.
"(The Duals) kind of exposed us to stuff we need to work on," Grafton coach Zack Winfrey said. "We got a chance to wrestle teams we wouldn't have the chance to anywhere else, and that makes us better. It's a team-building experience."
Tabb and Smithfield came back from consolation first-round defeats in the loser-loser bracket. The Tigers beat Phoebus 51-27, while the Packers edged Gloucester 41-36.
Poquoson's run in the American Division ended abruptly with a 41-26 loss to Lexington (S.C.) in the consolation second round.
"A lot of our guys are making a lot of the same mistakes," Islanders coach Mike Casey said. "It all starts with training; if they want to make improvements on the mats, they have to do it in the wrestling room. If they pick up drilling habits and techniques, it'll translate."
Casey said he hoped the disappointing weekend performance (a 1-2 mark after the Islanders went 6-0 in early-season duals) would spark his team for the second half of the season.
"You never want to lose, but this is a good time to have a setback," Casey said.
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