Richards Goes for A-A Honors at Nationals
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Richards Goes for A-A Honors at Nationals

LEXINGTON, Va. – VMI red-shirt junior Neal Richards will compete this week at the 2019 Division I Wrestling Championships at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa. The event opens Thursday and will conclude on Saturday.

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Richards, a 174-pounder from South Chesterfield, Va., is attempting to become the first VMI All-American in wrestling since heavyweight Leslie Apedoe in 1999. The top eight finishers in each weight class earn All-American honors.

Richards enters the 33-man, double-elimination bracket as the #17 seed, and will square off with #16-seeded Brandon Womack (20-8) of Cornell University on Thursday. The winner will likely meet top-seeded Mark Hall (26-0) of Penn State University, the 2017 National Champion, in the second round if Hall wins his first-round match.

Not many competitors entering the championships in Pittsburgh are on a better roll than Richards. He is 28-4 on the season and has won 21-straight matches, a streak dating back to November 18, with 10 pins, six technical falls and six major decisions.

“Neal is wrestling at a very high level right now, but ultimately it comes down to who performs the best over a three day period,” said VMI head coach Jim Gibson. “I’m excited to see how he competes.  This is an opportunity to display all the work that he’s invested this season in front of thousands of people!”

Richards is a five-time Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week, a two-time Wrestler of the Month, and the conference’s regular-season Wrestler of the Year and tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.  

Richards also wrestled at the D1 nationals in 2016 at Madison Square Garden, earning an at-large bid. The mat on which Richards will compete on is presently unknown.

Video links for the entire tournament:

 

DATE

TIME

ROUND

Link

3/21

12 PM

First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492099/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/22

11 AM

Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492102/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/21

7 PM

Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3491856/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/22

8 PM

Semifinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3491855/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/23

7 PM

Championship

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3491857/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/23

11 AM

Medal Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492100/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/21

12 PM

Mat 1, First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492303/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/21

12 PM

Mat 2, First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492246/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/21

12 PM

Mat 3, First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492279/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/21

12 PM

Mat 4, First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492253/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/21

12 PM

Mat 5, First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492259/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/21

12 PM

Mat 6, First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492268/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/21

12 PM

Mat 7, First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492252/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/21

12 PM

Mat 8, First Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492306/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/21

7 PM

Mat 1, Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492243/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/21

7 PM

Mat 2, Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492256/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/21

7 PM

Mat 3, Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492245/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/21

7 PM

Mat 4, Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492263/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/21

7 PM

Mat 5, Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492255/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/21

7 PM

Mat 6, Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492301/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/21

7 PM

Mat 7, Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492264/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/21

7 PM

Mat 8, Second Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492260/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/22

11 AM

Mat 1, Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492265/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/22

11 AM

Mat 2, Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492266/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/22

11 AM

Mat 3, Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492273/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/22

11 AM

Mat 4, Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492292/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/22

11 AM

Mat 5, Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492285/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/22

11 AM

Mat 6, Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492278/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/22

11 AM

Mat 7, Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492312/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/22

11 AM

Mat 8, Quarterfinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492307/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/22

8 PM

Mat 1, Semifinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492345/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/22

8 PM

Mat 2, Semifinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492267/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/22

8 PM

Mat 3, Semifinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492350/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/22

8 PM

Mat 4, Semifinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492339/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/22

8 PM

Mat 5, Semifinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492332/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/22

8 PM

Mat 6, Semifinals

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492325/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/23

11 AM

Mat 1, Medal Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492333/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/23

11 AM

Mat 2, Medal Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492346/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/23

11 AM

Mat 3, Medal Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492352/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/23

11 AM

Scoreboard - Medal Round

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492347/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/23

7 PM

Off The Mat

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492356/ncaa-wrestling-championship

3/23

10 PM

Trophy Ceremony

http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3492355/ncaa-wrestling-championship