New Raider head coach Earl Nicholson was looking for improvement from his young team when the Bucks came to Raider Gymnasium to open the 2010-11 Southeastern Conference dual meet season.
“I was looking for us to score at least 30 points this time out,” Nicholson said.
The Raiders didn’t quite meet that standard. But they came close, as the Bucks left Richmond County with a 48-24 victory.
It was a feast-or-famine night on the mat, as all the contested matches were decided by pin. Richmond gave up forfeits at 135 and 152 pounds; both teams forfeited at 112 pounds.
That meant the Raiders started the meet in a 12-0 hole.
Richmond got pins on the night from Randall Altman at 119; from Taylor Cates at 140; from Jay Staub at 160; and from Kenneth Hester at 171.
On the other side of the ledger, the Raiders surrendered pins at 103; 125; 130; 145; 189; 215; and 285.
The Raiders will work harder in practice at avoiding mistakes which lead to giving up pins, Nicholson said.
Wednesday night, Nicholson was especially proud of the effort put forth by Altman, who pinned an opponent he had lost to twice this season.
As for the rest of the lineup, Nicholson didn’t fault the effort there, either.
“I wanted for us to come out fighting, and we did,” Nicholson said. “But we still have plenty of things to work on.”
The Raiders were also scheduled to contest a nonconference dual meet with Red Springs Wednesday night; results of that meet were not available at press time.
Richmond is in action on Saturday at a tournament in North Brunswick. The Raiders return to SEC competition next Wednesday night when they travel to Purnell Swett. First match is slated for 6 p.m.
Their next home meet is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 26 at home against Pinecrest.
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