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Although the Spartan wrestling team came out on the short end of a 57-18 final in their dual at Excelsior Springs Thursday night, coach Ken Simmons took a lot of positives from their season opener.
Richmond won two contested matches by falls, and another by forfeit, while two of the Tigers victories came by way of opens.
“Tough dual to start off the season,” Simmons said. “They have some really good kids that are multiple state medalists. The scoreboard won’t show a lot of good things our guys did tonight. We should learn from this and hopefully continue to work on some weak areas. The team fought hard and not one of them gave up fighting.”
Savannah Nobile and Chris McFall won their matches by falls for Richmond. Nobile won her 103-pound match in 2:46 over Morgan Oliphant, while McFall stuck Brennan Johnson in 2:26 in the 125-pound class. Alex Luman earned the other Richmond points when his 285-pound match was open.
The Tigers won the 171- and the 189-pound matches by opens. Excelsior Springs also won five matches by falls and another by technical fall. Richmond 112-pounder Tyler McGaugh lost by fall in 1:52 to Cooper Gardner, and Derrick Davis lost in 19 seconds to Austin Felkins at 130. Jake Vandiver lost by fall in 4:47 to Tony Clinesmith at 140, and Gabe Vandiver lost in 1:27 at 145 to Dennis Hilt.
Kane Southwick lost his 152-pound match in 3:43 to Dylan Marriott, a second-place medalist at state last winter. Landon Schlegel lost by a technical fall (17-2) in 2:14 in the 135-pound class to Daron McCant, a state third-place medalist last year.
The Spartans lost three matches by decisions with 160-pounder Reny Ries falling to state medalist, Chaz Lyman by a 11-3 final; Colby Bowers losing 19-7 at 215 to Jacob Withrow; and Lauren Peck dropping her 119-pound match 13-0 to Luke Hudson.
Richmond won two of the four junior varsity matches, both by falls. Caleb Scarbough won his 140-pound match in 1:21 over Sam Wartenbee, and Wade Grainger winning in 1:08 over Lance Shase at 215. Matt Stafford lost by fall in 49 seconds to Corey Falconer at 145, and Cody Bryan lost in 1:54 to Danny Burnet at 160 pounds.
The Spartans will be traveling to the Marceline Tournament on Saturday.