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Morgan first, Bingham second in Border Clash tournament

K'Mauri Morgan holds up his bracket after taking first place in the 220-pound division over the weekend. (Contributed photo by Coach Earl Nicholson)

RIDGEWAY, Va. — Two local wrestlers traveled out of state over the weekend to compete in a tournament.

K’Mauri Morgan and Lyric Bingham, members of the local wrestling club Real Wrestlers Real Heroes, competed in the Border Clash tournament at Magna Vista High School in Virginia.

Morgan, who is a rising high school junior and wrestler at Richmond Senior High School, placed first overall in the high school 220-pound class. In the championship bout, Morgan defeated Christopher Vargas of Eastside Wrestling in a hard-earned 6-4 decision. 

Bingham also impressed in her outing, which saw her place second in the girls’ 107-pound weight class. She lost to Delana Gibson of the School of Hard Knock in the finale.  

Bingham made a comeback in the third period to tie the match, but ended up losing to Gibson in sudden victory overtime.  

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Lyric Bingham smiles with her runner-up medal. (Contributed photo by Earl Nicholson)

Head coach Earl Nicholson, the longtime coach at Richmond, noted he was pleased with both wrestlers’ performances.

The travel wrestling club will continue to practice throughout the summer on Sundays at Richmond County Ninth Grade Academy. Those practices will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. each week. 

He said the program is still looking for more athletes ages 7-18 to compete in weight classes between 40 and 285 pounds. If interested, Nicholson can be reached via email at coachnic2@gmail.com.

Note: Coach Earl Nicholson contributed to this article.