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Reny Reis and Chris McFall came away from the Marceline Tournament Saturday with first-place medals. Reis won three of his four matches by falls as he captured the 160-pound bracket, and McFall dominated the 125-pound class with three falls and a major decision.
Six of the top 10 teams from last year’s state tournament were among the dozen teams competing. The “A” pools featured many state medalists and state qualifiers.
“Outside of the state tournament, this may be the best Class 1 Tournament all year,” Richmond Coach Ken Simmons said.
Reis defeated last winter’s fifth-place state medalist by a 4-2 decision in the title match, while McFall recorded a major decision over a top-8 finisher, while also earning a fall over the state runner-up.
One other Spartan made his way to the finals as Kane Southwick placed second at 152. His only loss was to a three-time state champion in the second round. Southwick also had a pair of falls on the day over returning state qualifiers.
“Reny, Chris and Kane all wrestled very well and served notice that they will be tough in their respective weight classes all year,” Simmons said. “Kane avenged two losses from last year by pinning the two qualifiers who pinned him last year. Chris has shown a lot of improvement and Reny has made good strides as well.”
Savannah Nobile put together a 2-3 record at 103 as she placed fourth. Alex Luman also placed fourth at 285 with one of his two victories being a 5-2 decision over a state qualifier.
Gabe Vandiver was 0-3 in a very tough 145-pound bracket that featured many state medalists and qualifiers.
“Savannah and Alex both showed signs of potential for the season ahead,” Simmons said. “We have some young, inexperienced wrestlers who need to work more on technique in practice to get better. Overall, I saw quite a bit of potential and am excited about what the end of the year could hold for us.”
Richmond had a pair of second-place finishes in “B” pool – Dan Thompson at 285 and Tyler McGaugh at 112. Thompson was 4-1 for the day, while McGaugh won three of his four matches. Lauren Peck was 1-4 at 119, and Landon Schlegel was 0-3 at 135.
The junior varsity wrestlers traveled to Blue Springs with four of the five earning medals. Cody Bryant went 4-0, three of those by falls, in winning the 152-pound class. Derrick Davis was second at 130 with two of his three victories coming by falls.
Wade Grainger placed second at 285, with a 3-1 record. Three of his wins were by falls. Caleb Scarborough also placed second at 140, and Matt Safford was 0-4 in a tough 145-pound bracket.