Richards Earns SoCon WOTW for the Fifth Time
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Richards Earns SoCon Wrestler of the Week for the Fifth Time

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – VMI red-shirt junior Neal Richards was named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week Wednesday, an honor that he earns for the fifth time this season. He is the sixth wrestler in SoCon history to be named wrestler of the week five times in his career and the first wrestler in SoCon history to be named wrestler of the week five times in a single season.

Richards continued his winning streak last week, defeating two SoCon opponents. He beat #17th-ranked Andrew Morgan of Campbell University Saturday by a decisive 14-7 margin and pinned Kyle Homet of Gardner-Webb in 5:28 on Tuesday. He has now won 18-straight matches and is 25-3 on the season, with nine pins, five technical falls and five major decisions - and is 5-0 in conference action.

Richards is ranked #17 this week at 174 pounds by InterMat and #19 by WIN Magazine.

VMI hosts The Citadel Saturday at 2 p.m.

2018-19 SoCon Wrestlers of the Week

Nov. 7        Fabian Gutierrez, Chattanooga

Nov. 14       Angel Najar, Appalachian State

Nov. 21       Andrew Morgan, Campbell

Nov. 27       Randall Diabe, Appalachian State

Dec. 5        Sawyer Root, The Citadel

Dec. 12       Neal Richards, VMI

Dec. 19       Michael Elliott, Appalachian State

Dec. 26       Jake Huffine, Chattanooga

Jan. 2         Randall Diabe, Appalachian State

Jan. 9         Alonzo Allen, Chattanooga

Jan. 16       Neal Richards, VMI

Jan. 23       Neal Richards, VMI

Jan. 30       Neal Richards, VMI

Feb. 6         Tyler Marinelli, Gardner-Webb

Feb. 13       Connor Tolley, Chattanooga

Feb. 20       Neal Richards, VMI