Four Spartans, all sophomores, advanced through the first round of the Class 1 state wrestling championships Thursday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.
Three of the four who advanced picked up easy victories, while the two Spartans who lost their first-round match were eliminated after losing their first-round wrestleback matches later in the day.
The Spartans picked up a pair of first-period falls. Chris McFall, won by fall in the 119-pound bracket. He stopped sophomore Dan Christopher of Herculaneum in 1:59. Reny Reis, making his second state tournament appearance, took just 57 seconds to defeat Spencer McCutchen of St. Peter’s Lutheran in the 135-pound bracket.
Colby Bowles had very little trouble in his opening 189-pound match. Bowles, who finished sixth in the Class 2 160-pound bracket last year, picked up a 17-0 technical fall over Eli Beasley of Centralia.
The fourth Spartan to advance to the quarterfinals that began at 9:30 this morning was T.J. Kirkham at 160 pounds. Kirkham battled Tommy Carpenter of Warsaw through three periods before coming out on top with an 8-4 decision.
Overall, Richmond Coach Ken Simmons was pleased with the first day.
“I was happy to get four of our six guys through,” he said. “Preston (Maples) had a real tough draw. He wrestled tough until he got caught late. Colby and Reny looked good in their first matches, but it’s really kind of hard to judge in a lot of first-round matches. Both have some pretty good tests coming up, especially Reny, in the second round.”
Maples, a senior, lost his opening match in the 125-pound bracket to Adrian’s Bobby McCarl who was 38-6. Maples lost by fall in 3:00 to drop into the wrestlebacks where he met Jante Glasgow of Brookfield who entered the match with a 22-18 mark. Maples lost by fall in 3:41.
Kane Southwick, the fifth sophomore wrestler, began the 152-pound class against Jason Marschkie of Whitfield. Southwick lost by fall in 2:49. In the first wrestleback, he lost by fall in 2:51 to Nick McCollum of Brookfield.