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Richmond makes it nine straight regional titles WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Richmond poses with its regional championship trophy after beating Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond's Hayden Bastian went 2-0, helping the Blue Devils to a ninth straight regional title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)
  • Richmond earned its ninth straight regional title, knocking off Algonac and Livonia Clarenceville. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Randy Castro)

Blue Devils down Algonac, Livonia Clarenceville en route to title

Despite all the strides Algonac’s taken this season, Richmond wrestling proved once again is still the area’s gold standard.

The Blue Devils rolled to their ninth straight regional title, disposing of the Muskrats (53-13) in the semifinal and the Livonia Clarenceville Trojans (54-21) in Region 120 action at Clawson Wednesday night.

“Our kids work extremely hard,” Richmond head coach Brandon Day said. “Every team that we beat today, I guarantee you, their coaches said ‘if we’re going to beat them, we’ve got start training the day the season ends.’

“We’ve got three more duals to win to win the state title.”

Richmond’s seemingly-annual run through regional was again low on drama.

Tyler Marino went 2-0 on the day, picking up a pinfall victory (3:31) at 215 over Algonac’s Robert Jewell and a void at 215 against Clarenceville. Marino was one of six Blue Devils to go unbeaten during regional action.

Daniel McNichol (112) also went 2-0, earning a major decision (17-4) over Patrick Gunnells and a 2-0 decision victory over Clarenceville’s Jonathan Sanchez; Austin Kilburn (119) picked up a pair of pins — in 43 seconds over Algonac’s Colton Langewicz and at 3:54 over Jacob Weiss; Hayden Bastian was perfect, earning 7-3 decision over Algonac’s Brendan Budzeak at 140 pounds and picking up a pin over Dylik Hunter (1:15) at 135; Alex Roberts (145) pinned his Algonac counterpart, Jacob Bottle, (0:54) and won a 7-2 decision over Greg Lutz.

Colton McKiernan won by way of void at 189 pounds in the semifinal and by pinfall over Clarenceville’s John McNamara at 215 in 18 seconds in the last match of the final.

“Most of our kids that are on our team are veterans,” Day said. “We’re pretty confident we’ve got a group of kids that are going to react well.”

Richmond’s Roy Costello (125) earned a major decision (14-6) over Algonac’s Drake Hiltunen in the semifinal; Hunter Seguin pinned Darin Topolewski in 4:28 at 125 pounds of the regional final. Owen Vannatter topped Connor Geerlings at 135 in the semifinal, picking up a pin at 1:41. Gary Resk needed just 29 seconds to pin the Trojans’ 140-pounder, Will Vernier. Eric Barr pinned Algonac’s James Ladd at 5:06 in the 152 semifinal, while Keenan Mrad in just 13 seconds in the final.

At 160 pounds, David Kaltz knocked off Jack Jewell 5-2, while Hunter Bergeon topped Dakota Dunn (4-1) in the 171 semifinal.

Richmond will advance to the team season’s final weekend, with the quest for a eighth state title very much alive. The key to the Blue Devils avoiding complacency entering the final weekend has been relying on its championship pedigree.

“It’s awesome; it’s a great environment,” Day said. “We’ve got a great group of alumni; I have eight coaches — every single one of them are former Richmond guys.”

Algonac’s Joe Ahles (285 pounds) picked up a victory by way of void to give the Muskrats an early 6-0 lead; Jason Perez won a decision (3-2) over JD Gross at 103 pounds and Mark Langewicz won a major decision (8-0) over Josh Barton at 130.

“This is definitely the best wrestling season we’ve had in the swamp in quite some time,” Algonac head coach Brian Ranger said. “We obviously realize we’ve still got a long way to go to compete with one of the best programs in the state.

“But we’re happy. We did a lot of things; we crossed off quite a few goals and knocked off a bunch of school records along the way.”

Algonac finished the dual season 24-8 and ended the regular season No. 10 in Division 3.

Though the Muskrats’ team season ends, Algonac still has plenty to look forward to in the coming weekend, with a school-record 13 individuals qualifying for individual regionals.

Last Updated: 2/15/2017 7:59:05 PM EST