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Ryan Spradley grabs 50th win as Benjamin Russell sweeps tri-meet
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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By Liz Arbogast

Benjamin Russell senior Ryan Spradley reached the first of what he hopes is many milestones during his final year on the mats. Spradley notched his 50th win of the season Tuesday night as the Wildcats knocked off Pike Road and Stanhope Elmore during a tri-match in Millbrook.

“It’s a good milestone to reach my senior year,” Spradley said. “I didn’t really look that much into it so I don’t get complacent. Fifty wins is good but I want to get about 20 or 30 more before the end of the season.”

Spradley leads the Wildcats in victories this season and already has 21 more than the mark he set for himself last season. The official victory No. 50 came in the second match against Stanhope Elmore.

The Benjamin Russell senior jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the second period but Stanhope’s Jeremiah Cherry Daniel came storming back and had multiple chances for a pin. Spradley held off the rally to win the match by an 18-12 decision.

“It was a little bit sloppy, especially on my part,” said Spradley, who wrestled at 160 pounds. “I got a little be fatigued so I have to work on that some tomorrow and stay more focused.”

Benjamin Russell coach Michael Ransaw said reaching that milestone is a big accomplishment but he knows there is more work to be done. Despite the two team victories, Ransaw said everyone on the team can get better before Thursday’s dual match at McAdory.

“Ryan has wrestled better,” Ransaw said. “I think he caught himself in a position he shouldn’t have and got a little tired. He’s a great wrestler so I think we’ll go in tomorrow and try to correct some of the things we did wrong today to get ready for Thursday.”

Ransaw still recognized the hard work it took for Spradley to reach the milestone. He hopes this accomplishment can be paired with some extra work and carry some momentum into the postseason.

“That means a lot for our program as a whole,” Ransaw said. “Our guys have had a great season. We have wrestled a lot and continue to wrestle in a lot of tournaments. Hopefully that has prepared not only Ryan but the whole team to be ready for this home stretch.”

Sophomore Damien Lawry also grabbed two wins Tuesday night, pinning both of his opponents. He helped give the Wildcats some momentum at the start of the night, pinning Pike Road’s Corbin Grant in the first period during the second match of the night.

Junior Ja’Mikal Harris has the fastest victory Tuesday, recording a pin against Pike Road in the first 40 seconds of the opening period. Junior Saxon Coker improved to 47-7 on the season with two wins.

“I told them to go out and have fun,” Ransaw said. “We wanted to continue to work on things that we haven’t been hitting in some of our other matches. That’s what you look for at this time of year, you just want them to keep working on things they already have the basics for.”

Ransaw said Wednesday will be a light day as the team prepares for the trip to McAdory. The Wildcats are two wins away from the participating in the Final Four of the AHSAA duals championships.

“Before these matches, we just try to do a little bit of drilling and not a lot of live,” Spradley said. “We want to make sure to stay well rested and injury free.”

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