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The Spartan wrestling team got off to a good start Thursday morning in the first round of the state tournament at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Richmond advanced four of its six wrestlers to this morning’s quarterfinals that began at 9:30 a.m., while only one was eliminated after losing both matches.
Reny Reis not only advanced to the quarterfinals of the 160-pound bracket, but the Spartan junior picked up his 100th career victory. Reis, making his third state tournament appearance, captured a 9-1 major decision from Jacob Buckallew of Brookfield and improved his season mark to 39-8. Today in his quarter-final match, Reis won by fall over Matthew Nienhaus of Versailles. He competes in the semi-final later today.
Chris McFall advanced to the quarterfinals of the 125-pound class after he won his match by fall over Ramzie Cooper of Brookfield in 3:45. The Spartan junior improved to 36-9 for the season. McFall lost by fall in the quarterfinals to Colbey Skaggs of Seneca and will compete in the consolation bracket. Another Spartan junior, Kane Southwick, also advanced to the quarterfinals. Southwick took just 38 seconds to advance when he won by fall over Isidro Verdia of Maplewood-Richmond Heights, and took a 26-20 season mark into this morning’s round. Southwick was paired with undefeated Gary Lindsay of Brookfield in the quarterfinal, and lost by technical fall, 19-3. Lindsay boasts a record of 49-0.
Senior Jake Halterman also advanced when he won his opening match by a fall. Halterman stopped Erick Munoz of Marceline in 1:15.
Savanna Nobile lost her first match Thursday morning in the 103-pound bracket. The first Richmond girl to qualify for the state tournament lost by fall in 4:57 to Jonas Tiggs of Maplewood-Richmond Heights. However, she bounced back in the first round of wrestlebacks to defeat Brandon Dolan of Trenton, 2-0.
Photo: After losing her first match of the state wrestling tournament in Columbia Thursday morning, Richmond’s Savanna Nobile stayed alive in the 103-pound weight class. The Richmond sophomore came back to defeat Brandon Dolan of Trenton by a 2-0 decision. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News)
Full story is in the Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 edition of The Daily News