By Joseph Hayes
They came up just short of the ultimate prize.
The Richmond High School wrestling team fell short in its journey of claiming a Division 3 state wrestling title on Tuesday, after falling short in the semifinal round.
Richmond advanced to the semifinals after defeating Montrose, 33-32, in the state quarterfinals.
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But they ultimately lost to Dundee, 76-6, in the state semifinals in Kalamazoo, at the Wings Event Center.
“I am extremely proud of the effort and commitment our young team showed this season, while dealing with so many obstacles,” Richmond wrestling coach Brandon Day said.
“Our athletes and parents were extremely resilient throughout this entire process.”
Richmond faced plenty of adversity throughout the season. But that didn’t stop the team from embarking on yet another memorable season, which allowed them to advance all of the way to the state semifinals.
That has only left the program even more excited for its future.
“I am extremely excited about the future of our program,” Coach Day said. “We have committed athletes, parents and great young coaches like Nick Burg, Brett Burg, Sean Misko and Preston Treend that are willing to do whatever it takes to make our kids great.
“We are looking forward to this Friday as our 10 individual qualifiers battle for state titles.”
While the journey in team state’s has ended, Richmond remains hard at work preparing for the Division 3 individual state finals, as nearly a dozen wrestlers have qualified.
They will return to Kalamazoo Friday for the event.
“Friday is going to be a grind,” Coach Day said. “Our kids need to make sure they get a great warm-up in; get plenty of rest in between matches and hydrate as much as possible.
“Our kids are ready and excited to compete.”
Friday’s event will feature 16-man brackets, beginning with the individual state quarterfinal round; before advancing to the semifinals and finals.