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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
For the first time since 1999, the Richmond Spartan wrestling team will not be bringing home any medals from Columbia. The two Spartan wrestlers were eliminated early in the MSHSAA state tournament at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.
Brock Stokes lost his only two matches on Thursday and was eliminated. The Spartan junior, competing in the very tough 160-pound weight class, drew the defending 152-pound state champion William Hahn of Whitefield in the opening round. Hahn won by fall in 46 seconds on his way to a third-place.
Stokes was ousted from the tournament later in the day when he lost a 12-5 decision to Gallatin’s Trystan Sunby. Stokes ends the year with a 26-24 record.
Another junior, Kaleb Heber, split his two 220-pound matches on Thursday, but was eliminated in his first match on Friday.
Heber lost his opening match by fall to Tyler Partney of Herculanium in 44 seconds, but came back to win his first-round match in consolation.
Heber ended his Thursday competition with an 8-6 decision over Matthew Lapiana of Hamilton-Penney. He faced Wiley Martin of Polo on Friday afternoon and had his season end with a 9-4 loss to the Panther junior.
The complete story is in the Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 Richmond News.