CHARLOTTE — The Richmond Senior wrestling team wrapped up two days of competition at Mallard Creek on Friday afternoon, placing fourth overall in the Battle at the Creek tournament.
West Forsyth — defending state champions — finished first, J.M. Robinson placed second and Piedmont finished eight points in front of Richmond in the third spot.
“I thought we did really well. Two of our starters were out the lineup with illness, so we had to wrestle two guys short,” coach Earl Nicholson said. “We finished pretty much where we should have…With all of our guys, we would’ve definitely been third and probably making a run for that second spot.”
The two-day affair was an individual tournament, meaning each wrestler faced opponents from different schools and earned points, for their respective team, with a win.
Jayshaun Jasper scored the most points (16) for Richmond and advanced to the championship match against West Forsyth’s Branson Draper. Jasper would eventually fall, however, suffering his only loss of the tournament.
Houston Hayden (285), Antoine Shaw (220) and Kemoni Styles (160) all made it to the third-place match, but Shaw was the only one who was able to finish third.
The Raiders, who won’t wrestle again until they travel to Lumberton on Wednesday, Jan. 4, will enjoy some time off before getting back in the gym next Friday.
“We’ll have a big practice,” Nicholson added. “We’re going to have some fun getting their bodies back in shape a little bit.”
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The Richmond Senior wrestling team finished fourth, out of 21 teams, in the Battle at the Creek tournament.