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The Spartan wrestling team tried to shake off a little rust Tuesday night as they returned to the mats for the first time since the Harrisonville Tournament 17 days ago.
Richmond hosted a double dual with MRVC East foe Lexington and Lone Jack and came away with a split.
The Spartans fell to 0-1 in conference duals as they fell to the Minutemen 47-30. Despite giving up four opens, Richmond battled the defending league champions on even terms with Lexington taking the last two matches to nail down the win.
“We still have a long way to go as a team to get better,” Richmond Coach Ken Simmons said. “We have some individuals who will do well, but we still need to focus on technique.”
The Spartans were open at 119, 145, 171 and 189 pounds, while getting open victories by Savannah Nobile at 103, Tyler McGaugh at 112 and Kane Southwick at 152.
Richmond picked up two victories by falls with Chris McFall winning in 36 seconds over Jeff McGraff at 125, and Reny Ries taking his 160-pound match in 1:13 over Ian Ketterman.
The Spartans dropped two matches by falls. Derrick Davis lost in 2:16 to Dallas Lamphier at 130, and Matt Stafford lost in 57 seconds to Matt Hollingsworth at 135. Caleb Scarborough lost by technical fall (22-6) to Drake Oetting.
In the final two matches, Richmond’s Colby Bowers battled Dalton Clemons before coming up short 7-5 in the 215-pound class. Jake Halterman battled Lexington’s Nathan Hollingsworth in the 285-pound match with the Minuteman taking a close 6-5 decision to seal the win for the visitors.
Lexington improves to 7-5 in duals after earning the victory in its first conference matchup of the winter.
Richmond was the recipient of seven opens as the Spartans picked up their first dual victory in four outings this season – 57-18 over Lone Jack.
There were only three contested matches with the Spartans winning all of them.
Stafford won by fall in 1:09 over Nick Brown at 135; Scarborough took a 10-7 decision at 135 over Matt Baptista; and Southwick won by fall in 1:25 over Trevor Bloom at 152.
Nobile at 103, McGaugh at 112, McFall at 125, Davis at 130, Bowers at 215 and Halterman at 285 were all open for the Spartans.
The Spartans are scheduled for a dual at Odessa on Thursday and are to compete in the Excelsior Springs Tournament Saturday morning at 9. The junior varsity wrestlers will be at the Fort Osage Tournament on Saturday.
PHOTO: Richmond’s Jake Halterman (left) and Nathan Hollingsworth of Lexington battled for 6 minutes in Tuesday night’s 285-pound match with Hollingsworth pulling out a 6-5 decision. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)