Freeman, Ricks head to state wrestling tourney

Published 9:42 am Friday, February 17, 2012

SALEM—Franklin wrestlers Xavier Freeman and Emmanuel Ricks will compete in the Virginia High School League State Wrestling Championships at Salem Civic Center this weekend.

Freeman took second in the 126-pound weight class in the regional tournament last weekend to qualify for his third trip to the state tourney. The junior lost to a two-time state champion from Northampton.

“He didn’t pin him,” said Bronco Coach Daniel “Bull” Johnson. “He beat him from points.”

Ricks, a senior, will take his second trip to the state tournament after placing fourth in the 195-pound class in the region. The top four in each weight class qualified.

Ricks lost in the semi-finals after triple overtime. He injured his ribs in the match and then lost two more matches.

Johnson expects both Broncos to place in the top 10.