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Grapplers get split at home

Richmond wrestling coach Ken Simmons was not pleased despite his team’s double dual split with visiting Carrollton and Cameron Tuesday night at the RHS gym. Richmond evened its MRVC East dual record to 1-1 with a 47-35 win over the Trojans, and are now 2-4 overall following a 57-24 loss to the Dragons.
“Not a very good performance for us,” Simmons said. “As a team it looks like we are lost in the wilderness at times. It is very frustrating for me to watch how we perform. We’ve gone over the proper techniques and it just isn’t sinking in yet. My experienced kids are also making key mistakes at critical places in matches and it’s hard to win without being aggressive as well.”
The Spartans picked up six victories by opens against Carrollton, while winning two contested matches. T.J. Kirkham won by technical fall over Jake Staton at 189 pounds, while Jake Halterman won his 285-pound match by fall in 35 seconds over Bill Grohs.
Richmond lost four matches by opens, and two contested bouts. Savannah Nobile lost by technical fall in 4:00 to Quinton Lewis at 103, and Tyler McGaugh lost by fall in 2:49 to Jacob O’Neal at 112. Richmond’s Wade Grainger won the lone junior varsity match at 285 by fall over Dillon Staton in 4:21.
The Spartans won two weight classes, and lost four others by forfeits in their match against Cameron. Richmond recorded two victories with Reny Reis taking his 160-pound match by a fall in 2:42 over Kelly Puckett, and Halterman recorded another fall – this one in 14 seconds – over Jeremiah Barnes at 285.
Richmond’s Chris McFall dropped a tough 4-3 decision at 125 to Landon Ocker. Five Spartans lost by falls. Derrick Davis lost in 2:29 to Dakota Goll at 130; Matt Stafford lost in 2:10 to Ryan Burkhart at 135; Kane Southwick lost in 5:38 to Tyler Daniel at 152; Kirkham lost in 3:57 to Sawyer Marley at 189; and Colby Bowers lost in 40 seconds to Lucas Tanks at 215.
Alex Luman won the only JV match when he pinned Cameron’s Sean Turner in 58 seconds at 285.

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