The Spartan wrestling team continued its tune up for the stretch run of the season Thursday night as they swept a home double dual with Higginsville and Polo.
Richmond won its third straight MRVC East dual with a 58-23 victory over the Huskers to improve to 3-2, and followed with a 60-15 decision over Polo.
It was the second home double-dual sweep of the week for Richmond after wins over Knob Noster and St. Mary’s on Monday.
Spartan Coach Ken Simmons liked what he saw on the home mat Thursday.
“I was pleased with the team tonight,” he said. “We were in better shape than some of our competitors and it won us some close matches. I’m seeing some good things and we are making fewer mistakes. That adds up to more wins.”
The Spartans captured four of the six contested matches against Higginsville and won six others by forfeits.
Preston Maples won by fall at 125 over Jonathan Olvera in 1:36, with Reny Reis taking a 12-1 major decision from Higginsville’s Mitchell Green at 135.
Eric Wilson won by fall in 1:39 over Tyler Lee at 152, and Colby Bowles also recorded a fall at 189 with his win over Aaron Minks in 4:37.
Higginsville picked up wins at 130 with Brandon Thaller recording a fall over Jake Vandiver in 2:35, and Kody Rinne getting a 17-2 technical fall over Kane Southwick at 145.
The Spartans picked up forfeit victories from Savanna Nobile at 103, Dalton Daily at 112, Chris McFall at 119, T.J. Kirkham at 160, Tyre Winfrey at 215 and Alex Luman at 285.
Richmond also earned five wins by forfeits in the final dual of the night against the Panthers with Nobile, Daily, Bowles, Winfrey and Luman.
The Spartans won six of the seven contested matches over Polo.
McFall won by fall over James Taylor in 63 seconds in the 119-pound bout, with three other Richmond victories coming by falls. Maples won at 125 with a fall over Michael Clark in 1:39, Vandiver won his match at 130 over Dylan Flowers in 1:25, and Reis stuck Conagher Glasgow in 1:58 at 135.
Wilson earned a 7-4 decision over Lance Snodgrass at 152, followed by Kirkham outlasting Austin Okern 19-14 in an exciting 160-pound battle. Tyler Scobee picked up Polo’s lone contested win with an 8-3 decision over Southwick at 145.
The Spartans will host their own tournament Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m.
The 14-team field includes Owensville, Adrian, Butler, Moberly, Fatima and Lawson, along with MRVC East schools Lexington, Holden and Carrollton with some of the state’s top individuals in competition.
The final home dual of the season will be Monday evening against Holden.
PHOTO: Richmond 135-pounder Reny Reis has his match with Higginsville’s Mitchell Green well under control during Thursday’s dual with the Huskers. Reis won by a 12-1 decision during the Spartans’ 58-23 victory. (Photos by Russ Green/The Daily News.)