Jan 15, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorWorland is bringing a talented roster from top to bottom into its wrestling dual Thursday night against the Riverton Wolverines at the Tonkin Activities Center.
The junior varsity takes the spotlight at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity dual.
The Riverton Wolverines participated in two-day tournament in Douglas last weekend.
"The bottom line is that we are in best part of our schedule right now," RHS coach Jay Galey said. "We know how good Worland is."
Worland is ranked No. 2 in Class 3-A wrestling rankings. Powell is No. 1.
"We saw Worland a couple weeks ago, and they were really good," Galey said.
Worland is coached by Dean Barent.
"Dean does a great job with them," Galey said. "They have a bunch of kids that just work hard. They don't do anything fancy. They just come at you and come at you. They have a lot of depth in the lineup, which we are a little short of right now."
Galey said Worland is tough in the middle weight classes.
"I'm not sure if Worland has any weaknesses," Galey said.
Worland 138-pounder Justin Lewton is ranked No. 1 in Class 3-A in the individual rankings.
Teammate Mitch Rothleutner is No. 3 at 106 pounds
Casey Hernandez has the No. 1 ranking in the 220-pound weight division.
"I think that it will be interesting," Galey said.
Riverton only has three home duals on the schedule this year.
The home opener was a couple weeks ago when the Wolverines beat Casper Natrona 48-23. Riverton recorded five pivotal pins on the way to the comfortable victory.
"The crowd was outstanding against Natrona," Galey said. "It was a heck of an atmosphere, and we put it on Natrona. That has been our best outing of the year."
The Riverton-Lander girls and boys basketball doubleheader will be going on at the same time at Wolverine Gym.
"That is going to take away a little bit, " Galey said. "That is just the way things are."
After the dual, the Wolverines compete in a dual tournament in Green River on Friday and Saturday.
All of the Wolverines are expected to get at least seven or eight matches in the two days.
"There won't be any weak teams in Green River," Galey said.
"Our young kids are really wrestling well," Galey said. "For whatever reason, we have been hurt by some injuries.
"When those things start to happen you just have hope that you can get those guys back being healthy. When they are healthy, we can wrestle pretty well."
Gavin Wilson is still fighting some injuries for the Wolverines.
"Gavin is not even close to full speed," Galey said.
T.J. Turner, Tyler Allen and Michael Menzies have all been out because of different injuries.
"That is a lot of guys," Galey said. "The flip side of that is that it got some of our younger kids some experience. It won't be any different this weekend."
Turner and Allen are expected to be in the lineup on Thursday night.
"It just has been one of those deals," Galey said.
"You can't change what we are doing."
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