ROCKINGHAM – The Richmond Senior High School wrestling team got its 2017-18 season started Saturday with a third-place finish in the Raider Rumble.
Richmond, which hosted the tournament, placed behind Lumberton High School (1st) and Asheboro High School (2nd). The two school are the only two that handed the Raiders their only two loses of the day.
The team had wins against Southestern Randolph (50-28), Douglas Byrd (48-33) and Anson (58 to 24). But the Raiders couldn’t muster enough strength and fell to Lumberton (54 to 24) and Asheboro (57 to 22).
“We placed where I expected,” said head coach Earl Nicholson. “The bulk of (Richmond’s) roster contains sophomores and juniors, which is already showing promise for this year as they gain experience.”
Senior Brandon Nifong was a top performer, as he went undefeated in all of his matches Saturday, all of which consisted of pins. Nifong has moved up to the 182-pound weight class from the 170-pound class as a junior, and was the lone Raider senior competing in the tournament finishing a strong 5-0 on the day.
Other top performers for the Raiders included Joseph Nicholson (113-pound), Isaiah Davenport (120-pound), Steven Morales (126-pound), and Austin Cowick (132-pound), who all finished at 4-1 in their respective matches.
Freshman Cale Luckey won both of his matches on the day in the 106-pound class, both of which were won by pins.
Richmond will look to have another good outing as it is set to compete again on Saturday, November 25, at Asheboro High School in a multi-dual tournament.