Raiders finish 6th in meet
By Shawn Stinson
DURHAM — The Richmond Senior wrestling team went 2-3 to take sixth place out of 12 schools at the Southern Durham Duals Saturday.
Trinity Hunt won all five of his matches in the 120-pound division by pinfall. Gary Blue, Zavier Covington and David Watkins were all 4-1 on the day. Blue earned two pinfall victories in the 126-pound class as did Covington at the 182-pound mark and Watkins pinned two of his opponents at 285.
Gerald Bethea went 3-2 in the tournament and all of his matches at 220 were decided by pinfall. Jordan Jenkins finished 3-2 on the day. He was 1-2 at 106 and earned two forfeit wins at 113. Joshua Conrad was 3-2 in the event with two pinfall victories.
Versean Washington went 2-0 at 106 with forfeit victories.
Richmond coach Earl Nicholson said the Raiders were without some of their top wrestlers during the meet.
“The guys wrestled very tough Saturday,” Nicholson said. “Even with three starters out of the lineup, the JV guys replacing them stepped up to win five of the 15 matches they were in.”
Richmond was placed in the same pool as Enloe, Triton and last season’s state runner-up, Jack Britt. The Raiders defeated the Eagles 72-12, only dropping the contests at 145 and 152. Richmond knocked off Triton 54-26, getting six forfeit wins. The Buccaneers stopped the Raiders 61-17.
After pool play, Richmond dropped both of its contests. Terry Sanford edged Richmond 39-36 as the Raiders were forced to forfeit their matches at 113 and 160. Heritage downed Richmond 42-36, once again the Raiders forfeited their contest at 113.
Richmond will return to action 6 p.m. Wednesday at home against Southeastern Conference rival Purnell Swett.
Georgia Military College falls in title tilt
BIXOLI, Miss. — East Mississippi Community College racked up 585 yards of total offense to roll to a 52-32 win over Georgia Military College in the Mississippi Bowl to claim the National Junior College Athletic Association’s national championship.
EMCC running back Lakenderic Thomas rushed for 248 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries and quarterback Dontreal Pruitt threw for 325 yards and three scores.
Former Richmond Senior standout Stephen Houston had four total tackles and a pass breakup for Georgia Military College in the loss. Devante Covington, another for Raider, didn’t participate in the game according to the box score.
Scotland advances to 4A championship game
LAURINBURG — Jaylend Ratliffe rushed for six touchdowns to lead Scotland to a 53-40 victory over J.H. Rose in the 4A East Region final at Pate Stadium.
Ratliffe finished the game with 204 yards on 25 carries and threw for another 166.
Scotland improves to 15-0 on the season and will square off with Dudley in Saturday’s championship game at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. The Panthers advanced following their 20-15 win over Charlotte Catholic.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.
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