Richmond pins Holden in dual finale

The Spartan wrestling team wrapped up its dual season Monday night with a 43-21 win at home over Holden.
The win gives Richmond a 9-3 dual record to finish second in the MRVC East by a criteria point after dropping a match to Lexington in the tiebreaker.
Richmond Coach Ken Simmons said his squad wrestled well Monday despite the fact that several are battling illness.
Richmond picked up three wins from forfeits, with Chris McFall at 119, Reny Reis at 140 and Alex Luman at 285, while Holden also won three by forfeits at 130, 160 and 171.
In the contested matches, Preston Maples won his 125-pound bout for the Spartans by a 16-1 technical fall over Trevor Glynn in 5:17, and Kane Southwick won by fall at 145 over Jake Griffin in 1:22. Eric Wilson followed for the Spartans with a 16-5 major decision over Devin Carter at 152.
Colby Bowles took just 28 seconds to win his 189-pound match over Zach Lavely, and Tyre Winfrey was a 13-5 major decision winner at 215 over James Gray.
Holden picked up a victory from Stephan Parker at 135 with an 11-10 decision over Jake Vandiver.
On Saturday, the Spartans hosted 14 teams in their annual Invitational Tournament. McFall took first at 119 after posting a 4-1 record for the day with all four victories coming by falls. McFall is now 29-12 with 22 falls.
Bowles placed second at 215 with a 4-1 record. His loss came by decision to the No. 1 ranked wrestler in his first match. Bowles is 34-7 with 23 falls. Reis also placed second with a 4-1 mark at 135 while picking up a fall and two major decisions. His loss in the finals came to the No. 2 ranked wrestler. Ries is 28-12 with 13 falls.
Two Spartans placed fourth with Maples at 125 and Southwick at 140. Maples is now 22-19 and all three of his losses on Saturday came to state ranked opponents. Southwick finished fourth despite being ill for most of the day. Luman was fifth at 285 as he picked up two of his three victories for the day by falls. He is now 13-18 with a half dozen falls.
Vandiver, like Southwick, battled the flu bug all day and placed fifth at 130 after going 0-4. T.J. Kirkham and Eric Wilson placed seventh for Richmond. Kirkham went 4-1 in “B” Pool with three falls and a major decision with his lone loss coming in four overtimes. Wilson was 2-3 with a pair of major decisions.

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