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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:11

Raider Wrestlers Place, Not Enough to Qualify for States as Season Ends

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The Raider wrestling team visited Glenn High School in Winston Salem to finish out their season this past weekend at the regional tournament. The new region proved to be tough for Richmond as none of the wrestlers qualified for state, though five of them went deep into the tournament.

At the 220 pound weight class, Skylar Standridge was within 30 seconds of qualifying for state when his opponent from Glenn High School scored a late takedown. Standridge ended the day at 3-2; Zach Hamilton at 138 (2-2) and Joey Nicholson at 106 (2-2) both placed 7th in their respective weight classes but came up two matches short of qualifying for state. 

Hamilton would grab two wins, one by technical fall over Timothy Langston of Reagan and the other by fall over Dontrey King of Northwest Guilford before losing by decision to Joseph Ross of East Forsyth. 

Joseph Nicholson received a bye in the first round and would then win by technical fall over R.J. Reynolds' Christian Ledford later losing by fall to Ben Baker of Pinecrest. Steven Morales also made it to the semis but came up short, losing to Nick Gillis of Davie. 

"I thought we wrestled well in this tough new region,” said head coach Earl Nicholson, “but I feel that if we would have been in our old region we would have sent at least three to state." 

The Raiders are now competing in the midwest region where most of the schools have middle school programs and numerous AAU wrestling clubs in the area. 

"It's going to be hard to compete [moving forward], hopefully we will start seriously considering a middle school program in Richmond County," added Coach Nicholson. "It's really tough seeing your wrestlers do everything right and still lose due to lack of knowledge and experience,” noted Nicholson.

The surrounding counties have middle school programs as well including Scotland, Moore, Cumberland and Hoke.


The Raider wrestling team will be taking donations to hopefully send the team to a wrestling camp over the summer. Make donations out to Richmond Senior High School wrestling and mail to PO box 1748, Rockingham, N.C. Contact coach Earl Nicholson for details 910-206-0042.

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