Neal Richards Named SoCon Wrestler of the Month
SPARTANSBURG, S.C. – VMI red-shirt junior Neal Richards capped his incredible January by earning Southern Conference Wrestler of the Month honors on Monday.
Neal Richards won all eight of his matches in January, including four by pin and two by technical fall. He was named the All-Academy Championship’s Most Outstanding Wrestler after capturing the 174-pound title. He won three matches on the day, pinning #18th-ranked Spencer Carey of Navy in the finals in just 1:42.
Richards is 22-3 on the season with eight pins, four technical falls and five major decisions. He has won 15-straight matches, a streak dating back to mid-November. Richards won three-straight Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week honors in January, and has earned four this season.
He won his two Southern Conference matches in January in a combined six minutes, one by pin against Appalachian State and the other by technical fall against Chattanooga.
VMI heads to Franklin & Marshall College for a non-conference match Friday at 7 p.m.