There is storied tradition at the Richardson Memorial. 46 six years of purple mats and tough matches. Most of us have heard of this tournament, and seen matches , but few know how this event started or who Oscar Richardson is. I didn’t so I called my favorite dairy farmer in Box Elder county and he told me the story I did a little more research. Here is a history lesson: The Richardson Memorial Invitational Wrestling Tournament was started in December 1973, to honor Coach Oscar Richardson who tragically drowned in Willard Bay attempting to save his young daughter. It was a sad evening in Brigham City, June 19, 1973, when the community learned of this tragic event. Thirty-seven year old Richardson was a popular teacher, a graduate of Box Elder High School, and successful wrestling coach. He along with his eleven year old daughter, Sherry, both drowned in the Willard Bay North Marina while on a family outing. Box Elder News Journal, June 21, 1973. According to Brigham City resident Blaine Allen, the annual Richardson Memorial Invitational wrestling tournament has been one of the most successful tournaments for wrestlers in neighboring states and in-state competition. Blaine Allen – Interview. (From BrighamCItyHistory.org)
WHO WILL BE THERE:
Bear River, UT
Box Elder, UT
Copper Hills, UT
Corner Canyon, UT
Mountain Crest, UT
Sky Ridge, UT
Sky View, UT
Star Valley, WY
Woods Cross, UT
RANKED OR HM WRESTLERS:
106: Colton Ward, Trenton Ward, Jack Goodrich, Gavyn Gappmayer, Easton Evans, Tayson Davis, ID
113: Ethan Boulton, Bridger Ricks, Jacob Guild, WY, Cal Christiansen, Luke Schroeder, Ben Wray, ID
120: Cole Jensen, Cooper Sanders, Brigham Bagley, Waylon Nelson, Wyatt Romriell,
126: Wyatt Hone, Layne Shepherd, Terrell Lee, Corbin Platt, Colby Robertson, Colton Erickson, River Smith,
132: Deegan Palmer, Mason Denton, Josh Millward, Karson Rees, Brayden Andrews, WY
138: Trey Hiatt, Hadley Cowan, Conway Christensen Gabe Sanders, Haze Child, WY, Riggin Boger, Braden Rex,
145: Moses Espinoza-Owens, Cael Wilcox, Mahkyi Smith, Colter Ricks, Jordan Davies, Carson Sheets, Kale Johnson, Jordan Wakefield, DJ Butler
152: Marcus Espinoza-Owens, Ren King, WY, Josh Rassi, Dean Thompson, Alex Zesiger,
160: Jeremy Evans, James Hornberger, Kam Moss, Heston Murdock, Tytan Smith, Rhett Gebert, Wyatt Larsen, Maverik Skinner,
170: Brock Guthrie, Tucker Naccarato, Tyler Rose,
182: Lucas Cochran, Brayden Guthrie, Braxton Monroe, Corbin Roennebeck, Kevan Cantrell
195: Kolton Kammeyer, Hunter Schroeder, Louis Williams, Christian Smoot, Trent Clark, WY, Chase Redd
220: John Bargeron, Hunter Larsen, Mac Thacker, Cash Robb
285: Kade Carlson???, Logan Fraser, Aaron Wilcox, Weston Warr, Kellen Collier
Goodrich has had some solid results at 106, can he continue?
Deegan Palmer made a statement last week against Parker Frasure. Can he do the same to someone like Denton?
Boger v Sanders Freshman Phenom v Sophomore Sensation
At 160 sit back
ANALYSIS AND PREDICTIONS:
TEAM: My money is on Payson not sure I’d win much in Vegas with the odds though.
106: Trenton Ward
113: Bridger Ricks
120: Cole Jensen
126: All Payson Final Hone v Shepherd
152: Thompson v Rassi
195: Clark of Star Valley
220: All Longhorn Final.
285: If Carlson is really in the bracket he wins.