Richards Top Wrestler at All-Academy Championships
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Richards Top Wrestler at All-Academy Championships

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – VMI red-shirt junior Neal Richards was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler Saturday at the All-Academy Championships, hosted by Norwich University. The Keydets finished fifth in the eight-team field after finishing sixth last season.

Richards continued his excellent season by winning three matches to take the individual title at 174 pounds, pinning #18th-ranked Spencer Carey from Navy in 1:42 in the finals.

Richards started his day by pinning Brad Laughlin of Army in 5:39. He then defeated Randy Meneweather of the Air Force by an 11-4 decision to reach the finals. Richards has now won 15-straight matches, and is 22-3 on the season with eight pins, four technical falls and five major decisions.

Red-shirt junior Dom Gallo (141) and senior Darren Ostrander (157) each finished fourth in their respective weight classes. Gallo pinned his opponent from Norwich in 4:25 in the first round and earned a 9-3 win over his foe from the Merchant Marine to reach the third-place match. Ostrander won a pair of matches Saturday, including a 19-0 technical fall victory to reach the third-place match.

Cliff Conway won a match by fall at 133, while Chris Beck captured an 18-3 technical fall win at 197. Zach Schmitt (149) and Max Gallahan (184) each also had victories.

Navy won the team title, followed by Air Force in second.  

The Keydets travel to Franklin & Marshall College for a non-conference match next Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.


Complete VMI results:


  • Quarterfinal - Sidney Flores (Air Force) won by fall over Derek Shockey (Vmi) (Fall 1:20)
  • Cons. Round 1 - Derek Shockey (Vmi) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Semi - Ryan Hetrick (Army) won by decision over Derek Shockey (Vmi) (Dec 6-0)


  • Quarterfinal - Taylor `Kimo` Dial (Merchant Marine) won by major decision over Cliff Conway (Vmi) (Maj 8-0)
  • Cons. Round 1 - Cliff Conway (Vmi) won by fall over Allan Beato (Coast Guard) (Fall 2:48)
  • Cons. Semi - Patrick Kearney (The Citadel) won by decision over Cliff Conway (Vmi) (Dec 4-0)


  • Quarterfinal - Dom Gallo (Vmi) won by fall over Drake Troyer (Norwich) (Fall 4:25)
  • Semifinal - Nicholas Gil (Navy) won by decision over Dom Gallo (Vmi) (Dec 9-4)
  • Cons. Semi - Dom Gallo (Vmi) won by decision over Daniel May (Merchant Marine) (Dec 9-3)
  • 3rd Place Match - Pj Ogunsanya (Army) won by decision over Dom Gallo (Vmi) (Dec 5-2)


  • Quarterfinal - Jared Prince (Navy) won by fall over Zach Schmitt (Vmi) (Fall 5:55)
  • Cons. Round 1 - Zach Schmitt (Vmi) won by decision over Tyler Barker (Norwich) (Dec 6-2)
  • Cons. Semi - Chon Porter (The Citadel) won by tech fall over Zach Schmitt (Vmi) (TF 18-2)


  • Quarterfinal - Darren Ostrander (Vmi) won by decision over Christian Gosch (Coast Guard) (Dec 2-0)
  • Semifinal - Alex Mossing (Air Force) won by fall over Darren Ostrander (Vmi) (Fall 4:21)
  • Cons. Semi - Darren Ostrander (Vmi) won by tech fall over Cameron Smith (Norwich) (TF 19-0)
  • 3rd Place Match - Markus Hartman (Army) won by fall over Darren Ostrander (Vmi) (Fall 2:49)


  • Quarterfinal - Tanner Skidgel (Navy) won by fall over Luke Nicksic (Vmi) (Fall 2:07)
  • Cons. Round 1 - Nick Remke (Coast Guard) won by decision over Luke Nicksic (Vmi) (Dec 6-0)


  • Quarterfinal - Neal Richards (Vmi) won by fall over Brad Laughlin (Army) (Fall 5:39)
  • Semifinal - Neal Richards (Vmi) won by decision over Randy Meneweather Ii (Air Force) (Dec 11-4)
  • 1st Place Match - Neal Richards (Vmi) won by fall over Spencer Carey (Navy) (Fall 1:42)


  • Quarterfinal - Max Gallahan (Vmi) won by decision over Martin Duane (The Citadel) (Dec 7-3)
  • Semifinal - Anthony Cable (Navy) won by decision over Max Gallahan (Vmi) (Dec 5-1)
  • Cons. Semi - Chris Morgan (Army) won by fall over Max Gallahan (Vmi) (Fall 2:01)


  • Quarterfinal - Joshua Roetman (Navy) won by major decision over Chris Beck (Vmi) (Maj 11-2)
  • Cons. Round 1 - Chris Beck (Vmi) won by tech fall over Satchel Stauffer (Norwich) (TF 18-3)
  • Cons. Semi - Anthony McLaughlin (Air Force) won in double overtime over Chris Beck (Vmi) (2-OT 3-3)


  • Quarterfinal - Kayne Hutchison (Air Force) won by major decision over James Momon (Vmi) (Maj 11-2)
  • Cons. Round 1 - James Momon (Vmi) won by medical forfeit over Blake Bunce (Merchant Marine) (MFF)
  • Cons. Semi - Thomas Ott (Navy) won by decision over James Momon (Vmi) (Dec 8-4)

Team Scores

  1. Navy - 115.5 points
  2. Air Force - 99.5 points
  3. Army - 72.5 points
  4. The Citadel - 56.5
  5. VMI - 35.0
  6. Coast Guard - 14.5 points
  7. Merchant Marine - 2.5 points
  8. Norwich - 1.0 points