Raider wrestling places 2nd without 5 starters

By: By Leon Hargrove Jr. - Sports Editor

WADESBORO — The Raider wrestling team made the most out of Anson’s “Cat Fight” Tournament, which was cut short to due to weather concerns, even though it had five starters missing from the lineup on Saturday.

Richmond would win two of its three matches and finish in second place for the third straight meet. It defeated Butler 59-24 and then took down Chesterfield 52-30, before falling to Anson 30-49 in the final matchup.

“I felt our guys did really well considering we had a few starters quit the team last week and a few out with injury,” head coach Earl Nicholson said. “Some of our back-up guys stepped right in and did an outstanding job.”

Against Butler, the Raiders won six matches by pinfall, three by forfeit and one by technical fall. Senior Brandon Nifong built up a 20-3 lead over Butler’s Alex Breza in the 182-pound weight class before the bout was called.

Alex Branch, Austin Gallop, Matthew Haber, Travis Short and Skylar Standridge were the five Raiders who took the mat and earned wins in the 22-point victory over Chesterfield. Gallop won a 24-12 decision Byron Biggs at 152. Standridge, who grabbed a win in the heavyweight class in the team’s first match, took down Kaleb Craven at 220.

Richmond was only able to scratch out five wins versus Anson, as Will Thompson, Joey Nicholson, Zachariah Hamilton and Nifong all pinned their respective opponents. Standridge racked up six points with his win by forfeit.

Hamilton, Nicholson, Nifong and Standridge all avoided a loss Saturday afternoon, marking the first time Hamilton and Standridge went undefeated at a meet this season. Nicholson (14-1) hasn’t dropped a bout since the season opener and Nifong (17-0) has yet to lose this year.

“We should be getting three starters — Steven Morales, Marcus Hester, Tommy Shelton — back this week,” Nicholson added.

Richmond will travel to conference rival Scotland on Wednesday for its first conference match of the season.

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By Leon Hargrove Jr.

Sports Editor