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Raiders split non-conference match at Asheboro

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ASHEBORO — Fresh off two wins to open its season, the Richmond Senior High School wrestling team split its non-conference match on Friday.

Competing in a tri-match on the road at Asheboro High School, the Raiders fell to the host Blue Comets. Their other opponent, Chatham Central High School, was a no-show and forfeited the match.

Head coach Richard Kerekes noted the Asheboro squad was “really tough”. Richmond dropped its first match of the season in a 74-6 decision.

The Raiders suffered 13 losses in the 14 matches wrestled against the Blue Comets, losing eight of those by pinfall. Three were by forfeit and two Raiders fell by a major decision.

Picking up Richmond’s lone win was junior Andres Sanchez in the 120-pound match. Competing against Julio Ruiz, Sanchez pinned his opponent to collect six points for the Raiders.

Through three matches this spring, Sanchez now has three wins, including two pins.

Senior Kaden Walker faced off against Luke Lambeth in the 170-pound match, but fell 12-2 in a major decision. Also losing by a major decision was sophomore Jaxson Martin in the 126-pound pairing, falling 10-1 to Abraham Mora.

The Raiders (3-1, 1-0 Sandhills Athletic Conference) will return to conference play on Wednesday with another tri-match. Richmond will travel to Purnell Swett High School and wrestle against the Rams and Scotland High School.

Last week, the Raiders defeated the rival Scots 42-36 in their season-opening match. Action will get underway at 6 p.m.

Kyle Pillar

Nine-time N.C. Press Association award-winning sports editor. Indiana University of Pennsylvania communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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