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Dukes win district wrestling tournament

Cumberland County High School’s varsity wrestling team was well-represented at the 2020 James River District Tournament on Thursday, Jan. 23, at Nottoway High School, and the Dukes made their presence known on the mat where they produced three individual district title-winners on the way to clinching the tournament championship as a team.

This is the first time Cumberland has won the district tournament since 2013.

Explaining what it means for the Dukes to win a district championship, Cumberland Head Coach Charles “Burrage” Bristol said, “It means they got what they deserved. The kids show up every single day and put in an awful lot of work and fight really hard at practice, and they put the time in, and they got what they deserved. They earned this, every inch of it.”

Dukes winning district titles in their respective weight classes included senior heavyweight Blake Barker, freshman 126-pounder Cole Dalton and senior 152-pounder Trevor Dayton.

For more extensive coverage of Cumberland’s performance at the district tourney, see the Wednesday, Jan. 29, edition of The Herald.