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Richmond wrestling splits with SAC leader Jack Britt and Seventy-First in lone home conference meet

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ROSports File Photo: Steven Morales (yellow) went 2-0 Wednesday, pinning both of his opponents. ROSports File Photo: Steven Morales (yellow) went 2-0 Wednesday, pinning both of his opponents. Kyle Pillar — The Richmond Observer.

ROCKINGHAM — A common theme has developed for the Richmond Senior High School wrestling team during its Sandhills Athletic Conference matches this season.

Wednesday marked the team’s first SAC duals competition since before Christmas break, and it was Richmond’s first and only home conference meet of the campaign. Like the two previous SAC bouts, the Raiders ended the night with a split against their opponents.

Visiting the Raiders were Jack Britt and Seventy-First high schools. It was the first time the Raiders competed against the Buccaneers this season, but it was the second time they faced the Falcons.

Richmond fell to SAC leader Jack Britt in a close match, 45-30, before bouncing back to defeat Seventy-First 55-15. The win over the Falcons also avenged an earlier loss in the season at the Raider Rumble II event.

“We wrestled really well tonight, and we were still without (senior) 220-pounder Skylar Standridge in the lineup,” head coach Earl Nicholson said. “Seventy-First beat us back in November, and we won by 40 points tonight.

“We even pushed Jack Britt to the limit,” he continued. “Bryant Coll was close to pulling off a major upset that could have lifted us to victory. He got senior Caleb Long in a cradle and was inches from pinning him, but Long eventually fought his way out and went on to win the match.”

In the match against the Buccaneers, Richmond tallied three victories by pin, two more by way of decision and another from a forfeit. The pins came from freshman Andres Sanchez (106-pound) over Trinity Blue, junior Joseph Nicholson (120-pound) over Dakarie Mitchell and Steven Morales (132-pound) over Rodger Sims.

Junior Austin Gallops (152-pound), who went 1-1 on the night, earned three points in a 9-8 decision over John Baker, while sophomore Kaden Walker (160-pound) added three more with an 8-7 decision against Denzel Carrucini. Freshman Dante Baldwin got the forfeit victory in the 113-pound match.

Against the Falcons, Richmond picked up five more pinfall wins, two more decision victories, a major decision tally and three additional forfeit wins. Sanchez and Morales finished the night as the only two Raiders to go 2-0 with both wins coming as pins, as they beat Gregory Young and Richard Guzman, respectively.

Earning their first wins of the night, all by pinfall, were Michael Demay (138-pound), Ethan Owens (145-pound) and Jackie Bloomfield (285-pound). Demay pinned Justin Croom, Owens held Joshua Hargrove to the mat and Bloomfield slammed Jevon Watson for the pin.

Walker rolled over Timothy Jones en route to an 11-1 major decision to finish the night 2-0, while Jamarion Wall picked up an impressive 6-4 decision win over Demontrious Ratliff.  Nicholson (113-pound), Dom Leviner (120-pound) and Coll (126-pound) all won by forfeit.

With just one more conference tournament left before the SAC championship on Saturday, Jan. 26, the Raiders currently sit in fourth place in the SAC standings with a 3-3 record (30-27 overall). Jack Britt is a perfect 6-0, while Lumberton and Pinecrest high schools are tied for second with a 4-1 record.

“I’m really proud of the guys’ drive and grit tonight,” Nicholson concluded. “If we can wrestle like that on Saturday, we can come home with the first-place trophy.”

The Raiders will return to action Saturday, Jan. 12, when they travel to East Montgomery High School to compete in the Eagles Duals. Matches are set to begin at 9 a.m.

Last modified on Thursday, 10 January 2019 00:27
Kyle Pillar

Sports Editor. IUP communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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