Dec 13, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThursday's dual was the first of the season for Riverton.
The effort Thursday by the Riverton Wolverines in a Class 4-A West wrestling dual at Casper Kelly Walsh was a confidence building-performance, even though Kelly Walsh tallied a 45-31 victory.
The dual was the first of the season for RHS.
Kelly Walsh came into the contest ranked No. 6 in the state.
"We are young, but I love our effort right now," RHS coach Jay Galey said. "Our guys are going out and battling. They are really putting forth some effort. The dual was a nice step for us to take."
At 120 pounds, Riverton's Wayne Steeds was up 13-3 with 30 seconds left before the Kelly Walsh wrestler won on a pin.
"That was a possible six-point swing right there," Galey said.
The match started off the evening for the Wolverines.
"Wayne really wrestled well," Galey said. "He just made one mistake, and it was over."
At 126 pounds, Michael Menzies won a 2-1 decision for the Wolverines.
"It was a heck of a match," Galey said. "It was a battle."
The Wolverines climbed back into the match when Koa Rodriguez (160 pounds), Reece Prosser (171) and Chris Holcomb (182) put together three consecutive wins.
"If Koa keeps on working, then he has a pretty nice future," Galey said. "I think that Reece is our go-to guy. He has stepped into a leadership role."
Galey said Prosser cut some weight this week to get to 171 pounds.
"He didn't have a lot of energy, but he still went out and pinned his kid," Galey said.
In the 220-pound weight class, Chris McIntosh pinned his opponent in a battle of two underclassmen.
"There was a lot of blood time in the match," Galey said.
The Kelly Walsh wrestler had a bloody nose.
"We were able to coach Chris up," Galey said. "We were able to walk him through some things on the edge of the mat. That was a nice win for him."
In the junior varsity match with Kelly Walsh, Max Batista and Alex Fabricus collected two wins apiece for the Wolverines.
The Wolverines jump back into action Saturday at the annual Zach Parish Memorial duals in Shoshoni.
The Wolverines plan to get five matches apiece during the one-day event.
"The biggest thing that I want to worry about is our guys going out and being mentally tough and competing," Galey said.
Shoshoni, Wind River, Wyoming Indian, Lovell, Kemmerer, Pinedale, Big Piney, Lyman, Worland junior varsity, Rocky Mountain and Dubois are in the field.
"It will be a new experience for them because some of them are going to get five matches in, and they have never been through that before," Galey said.
Kelly Walsh 45, Riverton 31
103 -- Kelly Walsh won by forfeit.
113 -- Kelly Walsh won by major dec. over Joey Lady.
120 -- Kelly Walsh pinned Wayne Steeds.
126 -- Michael Menzies, Riverton. dec. Kelly Walsh, 2-1.
132 -- Kelly Walsh won by major dec. over Hank Osborne.
138 -- Kelly Walsh pinned Austin Locker.
145 -- Kelly Walsh pinned Dillon Lynch.
152 -- Kelly Wash pinned Tyler Allen.
160 -- Koa Rodriguez, Riverton, won by dec.
171 -- Reece Prosser, Riverton, pinned Kelly Walsh.
182 -- Chris Holcomb, Riverton, won by dec.
195 -- Bridger Amman, Riverton, won by forfeit.
220 -- Chris McIntosh, Riverton, pinned Kelly Walsh.
Heavyweight -- Kelly Wash pinned David Romero.
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