VMI Wrestling hosts The Citadel Saturday at 2 p.m.
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VMI Wrestling hosts The Citadel Saturday at 2 p.m.

LEXINGTON, Va. – The VMI wrestling team will host The Citadel Saturday at 2 p.m. in Cormack Hall in an important match in the Southern Conference standings. It is the Keydets final home match of the 2018-19 season and will serve as Senior Day for the program’s two seniors, Ben Wagner and Hunter Starner.

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The Keydets and the Bulldogs each have 2-3 conference records – the winner will take fourth place in the seven-team Southern Conference. VMI broke an 11-year losing streak against the Bulldogs last year by taking a 24-21 victory in Charleston, S.C. Cliff Conway, Starner and Chris Beck were among the winners for VMI.

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.

The Southern Conference championships are slated for Sunday, March 10 in Boone, N.C.

Probable lineups

VMI

125: Derek Shockey
133: Cliff Conway
141: Dom Gallo
149: Zach Schmitt
157: Darren Ostrander
165: Luke Nicksic
174: Neal Richards
184: Max Gallahan
197: Chris Beck
285: Tre Momon

The Citadel

125: Anthony New\
133: Paddy Kearney
141: Keegan Connolly
149: Chon Porter
157: Rian Burris or Cole Burke
165: Dazjon Castro
174: Cooper Youngblood or Jared Zenie
184: Martin Duane
197: Sawyer Root
285: Michael McAleavey or Brennan Hunt