Jan 2, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorAfter dealing with early season injuries, the Riverton High School Wolverines wrestling team is slated to be at full strength Thursday night in the home opener vs. Casper Natrona Mustangs.
The two Class 4-A West conference opponents wrestle each other in the "Wolverine Den" at the Tonkin Activities Center.
The Wolverines are ranked No. 6 in the latest wrestling rankings in Class 4-A.
Casper Natrona isn't ranked.
"It will be good to have our home opener because we will be a full speed for the first time all year," RHS coach Jay Galey said.
The Wolverines are 0-1 in conference duals after losing to Casper Kelly Walsh in the league opener.
The Wolverines won the silver bracket title in their last outing at the Battle of the Big Horn tournament in Worland.
"We are headed in the right direction," Galey said. "It has been a long Christmas break for us. We have practiced a lot."
RHS competes Friday night in a dual at Sheridan and will wrestle in the Border War tournament Saturday, also in Sheridan.
"Our schedule made it so that we really couldn't take any time off over Christmas," Galey said.
Two Wolverines making their season debut are senior Gavin Wilson and junior Kyle Page.
Wilson will be at 126 pounds. He has been fighting an ankle injury since the start of wrestling practice.
"It will be fun to get him started again," Galey said. "He will add a lot to our team."
Galey doesn't know what weight class Page will wrestle in vs. the Mustangs.
Page, who has completed a team suspension, could either be in the 195-pound or the 220-pound weight class.
"Those are the two biggest guys" returning, Galey said. "We have been fighting a few little injuries."
"It's really weird because the first time ever at my time in Riverton, we haven't seen Natrona yet" (in the pre-conference season), Galey said. "I don't know a lot about Natrona."
Casper Natrona's Casey Brown is the top-ranked wrestler at 170 pounds Riverton's Reece Prosser is No. 4 in the same weight class.
Casper's Bridger Berry is No. 4 in the 195-pound bracket.
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