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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
After struggling a bit in its season-opening dual Thursday, Spartan wrestling coach Clint Minnick thought his young team bounced back with a good outing at Saturday’s Marceline Mat Classic. Minnick was especially proud of his four seniors who combined to go 10-8 with nine falls.
“Our seniors wrestled well this weekend and had some of the toughest competition in the brackets,” he said.
Minnick said most of the losses came to state finalists from last year.
He was also pleased with how his team came back to practice.
“Our athletes responded well at practice on Friday by having the best practice so far this year,” he said. “If we keep up the intensity and drive in practice like we did Friday we will have a very strong team going into districts and state.”
Kaleb Heber had the top finish for Richmond in the 12 team field that also included Lawson, Carrollton, Brookfield, Centralia and Lexington. Heber was a runner-up at 220 pounds in the A pool by winning three of his four matches – all three victories coming by falls.
Two other seniors captured third place in the A pool. Garrison Sanders was 3-2 with a pair of falls at 145, while Brock Stokes split his four matches with 2 falls at 170. Alex Hays took fourth place at 285 with a 2-3 mark and a pair of falls.