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It was an exciting, but frustrating first MRVC East wrestling match for the Spartans Tuesday night. After easily disposing of Lone Jack 59-18, Richmond and Lexington faced off in an exciting conference dual, with the hometown Minutemen going to the second tiebreaker to take a 40-39 victory.
The dual with Lexington came down to the final match of the night as Chris McFall met Lexington’s Matthew Hollingsworth in the 125-pound match. McFall fell behind early and trailed by as much as 13-2, before battling back to take the match by fall with just 36 seconds remaining. McFall’s victory tied the team score 39-39 with the victory going to Lexington.
“We lost the dual on the second criteria because Lexington had three forfeits and we only received two to go with each team having three falls,” Spartan Coach Ken Simmons said.
Richmond is now 2-2 overall in duals, and Simmons said his first conference match gave him a good indication of where his young squad stands at this point of the season.
“The fans got their money’s worth in our dual with Lexington,” Richmond Coach Ken Simmons said. “It was a tough way to lose the dual, but it shows us where we have to improve.”
The Spartans captured the first three matches of the dual with Lexington as Preston Maples won by fall at 130 over Drake Oetting in 1:28. Jake Vandiver won by a 10-2 major decision over Brad Westfall at 135, and Reny Reis won his match at 140 by a 16-1 technical fall over Dominick Chandra in 4:38.
Bo Maze won the first Lexington match at 145 with a fall over Kane Southwick in 3:24, followed by Eric Wilson picking up points for Richmond with his win by forfeit at 152. Lexington won the next two matches by forfeit with Jodi Hambrick at 160, and Doug Fanning at 171.
Colby Bowles picked up a big Spartan victory at 189. Bowles wasted little time in winning by fall over Ethan Hoosier in 50 seconds. Hoosier entered the night ranked No. 3 in state after placing fourth in last February’s Class 1 state tournament.
The Minutemen took the next two weight classes with Andrew Chrisco taking a hard-fought 15-12 decision over Richmond’s Tyre Winfrey at 215, followed by Nathan Hollingsworth winning by fall over Alex Luman in 1:17 at 285. Savanna Nobile won by forfeit for the Spartans at 103, and Logan Welch won by forfeit for the home team at 112, followed by Dallas Lamphier getting the final Lexington win of the night at 119 with a fall over Cody Ball in 2:34.
In the lone junior varsity match, Richmond’s Colby Bowers won an 8-6 decision over Dalton Clemons at 215.
The Spartans began the double dual with a 59-18 win over Lone Jack. The Mules picked 12 of their points by forfeits at 112 and 160. Nobile and Luman won their matches for Richmond by forfeits at 103 and 285 respectively, and both teams were open at 171.
Richmond earned seven falls for the match. Ball won in 28 seconds over Nick Brown at 119; McFall won in 34 seconds over Anthony Moore at 125; Vandiver won in 59 seconds over Brennan Maxwell at 135; Southwick won in 2:58 over Billy Wilson at 145; Wilson won in 1:40 over Tyler Ogron at 152; Bowles won in 55 seconds at 189 over Hayden Dady; and Winfrey won in 5:38 at 215 over Austin Evans.
Reny Reis earned a 17-0 technical fall in 2:32 over Luke Mueller at 140.
Richmond also won both JV matches as Cody Bryant earned a fall in 3:26 over Miles Black at 145, and Bowers took only 9 seconds for a fall over Leah Tapley at 215.
The Spartans will host Odessa Thursday before traveling to Excelsior Springs Saturday for the MRVC Tournament.
PHOTO: Richmond sophomore Kane Southwick won his 145-pound match by fall over his Lone Jack opponent as the Spartans split a double dual at Lexington. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)