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Richmond Coach Ken Simmons is seeing some of his young wrestlers beginning to come around, especially against some top-notch competition such as Saturday’s Brookfield Tournament. The 11-team field featured several returning state medalists and state-ranked wrestlers. Simmons said Saturday’s tournament was just the start of a tough stretch.
“I’m seeing some improvement and hopefully that will continue as we start gearing up for districts,” he said. “We have our own tough tournament this weekend with some good teams there. We also have five more duals in the next week and hopefully we can do well.”
Simmons is also hoping for some of his injured wrestlers to get healthy in the next few weeks.
Two Spartan sophomores took third on Saturday with Chris McFall and Colby Bowles bringing home bronze medals. McFall (22-10 with 17 falls) put together a 3-1 mark at 119 pounds with all three victories coming on falls. His lone loss was to a Centralia wrestler who was ranked third in state. Bowles moved up a weight class to meet some of the top wrestlers at 215. Bowles (26-6 with 18 falls) won two of three matches, including stopping the No. 3 ranked wrestler in the third-place match.
Senior Preston Maples had a good day for Richmond as he finished fourth at 125. Maples went 3-2 with wins over the No. 5 and No. 7 ranked wrestlers. His two losses were also to state-ranked opponents. Kane Southwick placed fourth at 145 as he split his four matches for the afternoon. Two of those wins were by falls.
Eric Wilson put together a 2-3 mark with a pair of falls as he placed fifth at 152. Dalton Daily at 112, and Jake Vandiver at 130, finished sixth for the Spartans. Also wrestling were Savanna Nobile at 103 and Alex Luman at 285.
Reny Reis was injured in his first match of the tournament at 135, and was unable to continue.
The Spartans will host Knob Noster and St. Mary’s this evening in a double dual beginning at 6 p.m.