Grapplers slip into win column

The Richmond wrestling team won three matches by falls and one other by technical fall as the Spartans captured their first dual of the season with a 39-34 final at Smithville
Tuesday night. Richmond Coach Ken Simmons was mostly pleased with his young team’s outing.
“I was happy with our overall performance,” he said. “We still have to get better and work on our set ups and technique. Smithville was a young team like us. We did enough to win, but we must focus on being more fundamentally sound.”
The Spartans won five of the lower seven weight classes.
Savanna Nobile won by forfeit at 103 pounds for Richmond. Jordan Bowman of Smithville won by fall over Dalton Daily in 1:18 in the 112-pound class.
The Spartans recorded a pair of falls with Chris McFall defeating Tyler Swenia in 1:53 at 119, followed by Preston Maples’ victory in 1:15 over Ryan Gregalunes at 125. Brian Jiminez won by forfeit for the Warriors at 130, followed by three consecutive Richmond wins.
At 135, Jake Vandiver won by a 20-6 major decision over Jason Bagshaw, and Reny Reis won by a 19-3 technical fall over the Warriors’ Ben Louchias in 5:31 at 140.
Kane Southwick followed with a 7-3 decision over Smithville’s Zach Martin at 145. Cory Neff won by fall over Eric Wilson in 1:32 for a Warrior win at 152, and T.J. Kirkham earned a victory for the Spartans at 160 with a 4-1 decision over James Johnston.
Austin Ellweim won by forfeit for the Warriors at 171, followed by Richmond’s Colby Bowles winning by fall in 3:27 over Jake Burks in the 189-pound class for the final Spartan victory.
Smithville captured the final two weight classes as Mick Chastain won by fall over Tyre Winfrey in 3:43 at 215, and Josh Mugrage taking an 11-2 major decision over Jacob Gardner at 285.
The Richmond junior varsity won three of the five contested matches.
Tyler Bates won by fall over Gunnar Smith in 3:43 at 119 for Richmond. Colby Bowers also won by fall at 215 over Arin O’Connor in 1:39, and Alex Luman won by fall at 285 over Dan Emery in 1:10.

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