Springstead wrestler Richie Bliss, who was 33-3 coming into this weekend’s Ippolito Tournament at Brandon, achieved a notable feat in his opening bout of the event Friday.
Against Pasco’s Kevin Tipton in the first round, Bliss racked up a pin in only four seconds. His 24th pin of the campaign not only broke the school record, topping the previous mark of seven seconds set by Dustin Soto in 2008, but the national mark was also within striking distance.
According to the WUSA Web site as of November 2009, the national record at 103 pounds is held by Travis Sullivan of Monticello (Ky.) Wayne County, who pinned an opponent in 3.2 seconds on Feb. 2, 2006.
Bliss already had the second-fastest pin in school history under his belt when he pinned an opponent in eight seconds last season on his way to a state title.
Derek LaRiviere, Times correspondent