ASHEBORO, N.C. – Despite it only being the second meet of the season, the Richmond Senior High School wrestling team improved its overall placement Saturday.
Behind a strong team showing in their second meet of the season, Raiders’ senior Brandon Nifong and sophomores Joey Nicholson and Steven Morales all went undefeated on the day at the Cold Turkey Duals at Asheboro High School.
The Raiders won their first four matches of the day before falling to Asheboro for the second week in a row.
Richmond finished second in the contest, and managed to take wins over Union Pines (46-33), Chatham Charter (60-12), Chatham Central (59-21) and Southwestern Randolph (48-34). The lone loss was a 57-24 fall to the Blue Comets.
Nifong wrestled in the 195-pound weight class three times, grabbing impressive wins over Shannon King (Chatham Central), Michael Flowers (Union Pines) and Nathan Otero (Asheboro).
Nicholson earned good wins over Asheboro’s Abraham Mora and Andrew Clark (Union Pines). Nifong continued his great season, and is showing his worth as the Raiders are a young but talented group.
“I was very proud of our performance, although we lost to Asheboro for the second time in as many weeks” said Raiders head coach Earl Nicholson. “Asheboro has proved to be a tough opponent as they have now been champion in back to back weeks.”
Coach Nicholson mentioned that he was please the Raiders closed the gap a little bit this week (between them and Asheboro) and that he hopes to continue the improvement.
The Raiders will be at home on Saturday, December 2, for a six-team dual tournament.