Neal Richards Named SoCon Wrestler of the Year
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – VMI’s Neal Richards was named the Southern Conference’s Wrestler of the Year on Thursday.
Richards, a red-shirt junior from South Chesterfield, Va., has had an historic season already. He currently has a 26-3 overall record with 10 pins, five technical falls and five major decisions. Richards is 6-0 in Southern Conference matches and 16-0 in dual matches. Richards is a five-time Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week selection and earned the conference’s wrestler of the month honor for January and February.
He is ranked #16 in the latest NCAA Division I Coaches ranking, #26 in the Wrestling Ratings Percentage Index, #18 by Intermat and #16 by TheOpenMat.com.
The last Keydet to earn Southern Conference Wrestler of the Year was Adam Britt in 2003.
VMI will compete this Sunday at the Southern Conference Championships, hosted by Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.
125 – Alonzo Allen, Chattanooga
133 – Noah Gonser, Campbell
141 – Chris Debien, Chattanooga
149 – Josh Heil, Campbell
157- Rian Burris, The Citadel
165 – Tyler Marinelli, Gardner-Webb
174- Neal Richards, VMI
184 – Alan Clothier, Appalachian State
197 – Randall Diabe, Appalachian State
HWT- Cary Miller, Appalachian State
Wrestler of the Year: Neal Richards, VMI
Freshman of the Year: Tanner Smith, 149, Chattanooga
Anthony Brito, 141, Appalachian State
Jonathan Millner, 149, Appalachian State
Dazjon Castro, 165, The Citadel
Kyle Kretzer, 174, The Citadel
Selwyn Porter, 149, The Citadel
Drew Nicholson, 165, Chattanooga
Ryan Resnick, 157, Chattanooga
Tanner Smith, 149, Chattanooga
Kyle Gorant, 133, Davidson
Mitchell Trigg, HWT, Davidson