The Spartan wrestling team began a busy week Monday night by hosting a double dual with MRVC East opponent Knob Noster along with St. Mary’s at the RHS gym.
Richmond Coach Ken Simmons was pleased with his team’s sweep as the Spartans defeated Knob Noster 51-23, and St. Mary’s 66-0.
“We were aggressive and I can see improvement in the younger guys,” Simmons said.
The Spartans will host another double dual Thursday with visiting Higginsville and Polo, before the Richmond Invitational gets underway Saturday morning.
The final home dual follows on Monday with Holden visiting the RHS gym for senior night.
“It would be nice to have a good size crowd here supporting the team,” Simmons added.
The Spartans recorded six victories by fall over the Panthers on Monday. Jake Vandiver stopped Kody Duggan in 1:01 at 130; Reny Reis pinned Trevor Bolton in 2:34 at 140; Eric Wilson won his 152-pound match in 2:43 over Brad Ake; and T.J. Kirkham was a winner at 160 pounds over Ryan Campbell in 4:34.
Tyre Winfrey took just 34 seconds to win by fall over Joe Walter at 215, while his teammate Alex Luman followed with a 33-second fall over Derek Jordan in the 285-pound match.
Richmond’s Colby Bowles met Luke Morgan in a rematch of their 189-pound MRVC championship match from a couple of weeks ago. Bowles, who stopped the Panther 4-3 in early January, took another one-point decision Monday, 2-1.
The Spartans picked up two victories by forfeit with Savanna Nobile at 103, and Dalton Daily at 112.
Chris McFall lost his 119-pound match to Kirk Luzano by a 16-5 major decision; Preston Maples was on the short end of a 6-3 decision at 125 to the Panthers’ Roman Vega, and Kane Southwick lost 13-0 to Ryan Hoagland at 145.
Cody Bryant won his junior varsity match at 152 over Zach Hudson with a fall in 3:03, with Colby Bowers and Dean Thompson winning by forfeits.
The Spartans picked up four wins by forfeits against St. Mary’s – Nobile at 103, Daily at 112, McFall at 119 and Luman at 285.
Richmond won another six matches by falls. Maples stopped Danny Fedynich in 1:42 at 125; Vandiver won in 33 seconds over Oscar Bichara at 135; Wilson won in 3:26 over Matias Bichara at 152; Kirkham defeated Mitchell Purtle in 51 seconds at 160; Bowles defeated David Florido in 1:33 at 189; and Winfrey won his 215-pound match over Sam Gomez in 1:43.
Reis took a 6-4 decision over Eric Dennison at 140, followed at 145 by Southwick taking an 8-1 decision over Josh Twenter.