Six of the 9 Richmond Spartan wrestlers cleared the hurdle known as the district tournament and are on their way to Columbia for the three-day state tournament that begins Thursday at Mizzou Arena.
The Spartans had four wrestlers reach the finals on their home mats Saturday at the Class 1, District 3 tournament, with senior Jake Halterman coming out as the lone champion at 285. Among the half-dozen Richmond wrestlers advancing, sophomore 103-pounder Savanna Nobile makes RHS history by becoming the first female wrestler to qualify and is the 14th girl in the state to earn a trip to Columbia.
“That’s pretty awesome,” Richmond Coach Ken Simmons said. “She only won four matches last year and she came back and really worked hard all season to improve. She has a great work ethic. I pushed her hard, and she just kept working.”
As a team, the Spartans just missed getting a second-place district plaque. Richmond ended the two-day event with 128.5 points, with Lawson getting the nod for second as the Cardinals totaled 129 points. Lexington won its second consecutive district title going away with 172 points and will be sending 8 wrestlers to the state meet.
Richmond had three juniors take second. Chris McFall was a runner-up at 125, Kane Southwick was second at 145 and Reny Ries placed second at 160. A fourth junior, T.J, Kirkham took third place at 171.

PHOTO: Sophomore Savanna Nobile is the first girl wrestler from RHS to qualify for the state tournament. The 103-pounder finished third in this weekend’s Class 1, District 3 Tournament. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)

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