As Richmond racked up victories to start Tuesday night’s dual match at Tiernan Center, the Red Devil coaches watched the home team’s score continue to climb.
At one point, they determined one more win at a weight class clinched a team victory for Richmond.
Good thing the Red Devils had a trump card.
Heavyweight Nate Trawick, a two-time semistate qualifier, continued his unbeaten junior season with a pin that clinched Richmond’s 44-36 win over Rushville.
“We had a really good week last week at practice, and a really good weekend,” said Trawick, who improved to 10-0. “That momentum transferred over to today.”
Did it ever.
Richmond won the first five matches, starting with QuinDarius Deloney scoring a pin at 113 pounds.
Deloney and Blake Hillard (120) both had to bump up in weight, but the two performed well at their new classes. Hillard won his match 5-4 over Rushville’s Bailey Ford.
“It feels good to get the win,” Hillard said. “I feel like we’ve gotten way better (as a team) since last year.”
Ryan Weireter scored a pin at 126, Alston Bane won by tech fall at 132 and Xavier O’Brien added another RHS pin at 138.
That gave the Red Devils a commanding 26-0 lead to start.
“I think we came out on fire,” said RHS coach Jeremy Bane. “QuinDarius and Blake were a little heavy coming in. … Those two guys bumped up and both came out on fire and wrestled really well.
“We just kept going from there. I think those two guys came out and sparked us and we just caught fire.”
Added Deloney: “I was pretty happy to get things going, since I didn’t make weight and had to go up a weight. I felt I needed to go on and get the team started.”
Rushville’s Jaykeb Thorp won at 145 to get the Lions on the board, but Noah Shaw (152) and Jeremy Patrick (160) followed with pins for the Red Devils.
That gave RHS a 38-6 advantage — and enough of a cushion to need just one more weight class.
It came down to Trawick. Rushville won four straight matches — one by forfeit — and had another forfeit coming up at 106, the final weight class of the night.
Trawick pinned Nick Hornaday in little more than a minute.
“We knew we had Nate coming still,” coach Bane said. “I’m pretty pleased. Even our kids who lost did a lot of nice things. It looks like we’re improving. The kids are picking things up and it’s exciting to see.”
Rushville is coached by Union County graduate Mark Mathews, a former standout wrestler and baseball player for the Patriots.
This was the final scheduled dual match at Tiernan Center for the Red Devils, but it’s not the last time they’ll wrestle at home this season. Richmond will host the Charlie Hilton Invitational Jan. 10-11.
Deloney, especially, was eager to wrestle at home. He won by forfeit in Richmond’s other home dual match, a 42-39 loss to Union County last week.
“It feels good to wrestle and get a ‘W’ today,” he said.
Richmond returns to action Saturday at the New Castle Super Duals.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Trawick said. “I’m looking forward to wrestling New Castle, Fishers and some other big opponents. It’s some tough matches, but I think if I stay with my technique, my strength and my speed, I should be fine.”