2018: Rick’s rookie year got off to a up and down start. He suffered a pretty bad loss with his brother as part of Team Lombardo to C-Lo and Mel. But it was a good lesson learned. He learned how badly Mel cheats and he found the new love of his life in C-Lo. Getting to hang out with C-Lo all Friday night really rejuvenated him as he came out on Saturday and took advantage of an angry Luke/Kevin team and then decisively destroyed the Bandit for a 2-1 debut.
2019: 2019 was Rick’s first year on the Cobra Kai squad. He fit in on the team perfectly. First order of business was to take down Lombardo’s warrior Zale. He and Luke teamed up to take down his brother Scott and Zale in his inaugural Cobra Kai round. A big statement! In celebration he proceeded to drink a gallon of vodka over the following 36 hours. Saturday morning riding in a cart with Barkeley definitely didn’t curb the alcohol. Zale got some revenge with the help of Searge and harpooned Barkeley and Rick. A few two hearteds at the break level set him for the one-on-one match against Andrew. This was tight the whole way but along with the “tutelage” of riding partner Brad he was able to hold on for a 1UP victory. A solid start to his Cobra Kai career.
2021: Rick continues to keep his 1v1 undefeated record alive. While he started out a bit weak losing his Friday afternoon match with Ty 2&1, he was able to bounce back with the match of the morning. He paired up with Luke to defeat the Lombardo ace and Zale. The match was a back-and-forth affair, but team Cobra Kai was able to hold on through the last 4 holes. The 1v1 match against Jeremy was expected to be a lot closer than the final result. Rick was able to jump out to an early lead, winning 4 of the first 6 holes and Jeremy was never able to recover. Rick won the match on hole 14, shooting a 102 and winning 5&4. In 2022, Rick will have a new opponent in E-dub, who will test the limits of his game.
Rick added a great resource to Team Lombardo in his first year. It wasn't his short game. It wasn't his tee shots. It was his ability to slam Two Hearted's with the best of them. Making a transition over to the Cobra Kai, the binge drinking will fight right in. Now he just needs to master to trash talking.
Ryder Cup Highlight
Rick's highlight is a toss up between two events. 1) Getting play in the foursome with Zach watching him meltdown to the point of losing his entire bag of clubs on the back 9 in 2018 and 2) Getting to sit on the same couch as C-Lo Friday night.
Rick's first night of the Lietke Ryder Cup, he immediately declared his crush on CLo by stating "I don't want to sound like a queer or nothing but CLo is like the hottest guy here"..........Wow!