A day after Phoebus High's surprising run to the semifinals in the Black and Blue division of the Virginia Duals, the Phantoms met with reality Saturday at the Hampton Coliseum.

That reality came in two form of Great Bridge, an 18-time Group AAA champion which dealt the Phantoms a 69-9 loss. However, Phoebus bounced back in the loser's bracket to beat Chancellor 39-35 on strength of three pins, then lost to Chantilly 41-24 to capture fourth in the bracket.

The Phantoms were by far the best performing of any Bay Rivers or Peninsula district team in the 31st edition of the Duals.

Phoebus coach Maurice Ward was pleased with the Phantoms' effort.

"We (coaches) told them that they're a sound teams, and we're a young team and to just wrestle the best we can. We're disappointed how it turned out, but we're going to be all right."

There were many positive takeaways from wrestling in the Virginia Duals, and Ward said it will help his team, which is back-to-back Peninsula District champion, in the long run.

"My guys got to wrestle good wrestlers, and got a lot of good experience. But my guys will be ready for the regionals," he said.

Chantilly broke away from Phoebus in the third-place final Saturday night on the strength of three pins in the final five weight classes.