FARGO, North Dakota — Bonners Ferry wrestlers Eli Richards and Savannah Rickter and the rest of Team Idaho’s National Wrestling Team compete in Fargo, North Dakota at the Nationals 16U and juniors of the US Marine Corps 2022.
The freestyle portion of the tournament took place on July 16.
Richards competed in the Junior Freestyle competition in the 182-pound weight class against 127 competitors. He beat Matthew Gazda of Arizona, before falling to Watson Reed of Missouri. Richards came back strong in his next matches, defeating a wrestler from Kentucky and another from Massachusetts. Richards completed his final round, falling to Chase Cordia of Missouri.
The Idaho Junior Boys Freestyle team finished fourth, which is the highest placing in Idaho history, USA Idaho Wrestling officials said. It was also the first time there was an all-Idaho finals game and the most finalists in Idaho history.
Savannah Rickter competed in the junior women’s freestyle competition in the 152-pound weight class against 63 competitors. She went 1-2. She beat Abrey Reese of Ohio, 7-6 before losing to Rose Cassioppi of Illinois and Frances Porteous of Washington. Cassioppi reached the quarterfinals, but fell to S. Steilgar of Virginia, who advanced to the final.
The Greco-Roman part of the competition started on Wednesday morning, but due to the publication deadline, the results will be published in the next edition of the Bonners Ferry Herald.