By Joseph Hayes
RICHMOND– The Richmond wrestling team is headed back to the Division 3 state quarterfinals.
It is a place they have often been.
On Wednesday night, Richmond defeated Lutheran Westland, 73-6, and Algonac, 50-19, to claim the title and improve their record to 8-0.
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“Extremely proud of this group of kids and parents, “Richmond wrestling coach Brandon Day said. “They have done everything right to put us in a position to make it back to team state.
“Thankful for our great youth coaches Bryan Decker, Griffin Fraley, Nick Burg and Brett Burg. Because of them, our program is built to last. Preston Treend and Sean Misko did an outstanding job preparing our kids to wrestle to their full potential.
Day said the performances of the young wrestlers and their development was key in the team’s success.
“We had first year kids like Brian Nichol winning matches against kids with far more experience because of my staff’s attention to detail and our kids willingness to be coachable,” Day said.
“This regional title is dedicated to our dear friend John Kocher.”
And with that, Richmond is ready to compete for a state championship.
Richmond will travel to Kalamazoo and the Wings Event Center next Tuesday to compete in the state championship.
Against Algonac, Richmond renewed the rivalry between the schools with yet another epic performance.
At 103 pounds, Emmet Kettle won by tech fall against Algonac in 55 seconds; while at 112 pounds, Noah Harris won for Richmond via forfeit.
At 119 pounds, Conner Bergeon won by tech fall, in 3:30 and at 125 pounds; while Hunter Keller won for Richmond via tech fall at 5:11.
Brian Nichol earned a victory with a 3-2 decision at 130 pounds. Wyatt Peters was successful at 140 pounds, via tech fall, 18-2, at 4:39.
At 160 pounds, Gavin Resk won a 3-2 decision and at 171 pounds, Kevin McKiernan was successful with a 1-0 decision.
At 189 pounds, Reagan Rewalt won a tech fall, 6-0. At 215 pounds, Ryan Osterland was successful via a 5-2 decision.
Dan McKiernan won a tech fall at 52 seconds at 285 pounds in 26 seconds.
Now on to the state finals they go.