Worland edges Wolverine wrestlers

Jan 17, 2014 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Riverton competes at two tournaments this weekend.

Early momentum was on the side of the Riverton Wolverines, but the Worland Warriors won the last three matches Thursday in for a 42-33 wrestling victory Thursday night at the Tonkin Activities Center.

Riverton opened by winning three of the first four contests in the non-conference dual.

"In situations like this we ask a lot out of our younger guys," RHS coach Jay Galey said. "There isn't one of them who doesn't go out there and try hard. That is all we can ask."

Worland is the No. 2-ranked squad in Class 3-A wrestling.

"Unfortunately, where Worland is really tough, we are really young," Galey said. "The flip side of that is we are getting those guys some good experience. They will be fine down the road."

Worland is in contention to challenge Powell for the 3-A statetitle in next month in Casper.

"Worland is just solid," Galey said. "They are fundamentally sound. They get after you."

Riverton started a two-day dual tournament Fridayin Green River. The Wolverines will get four matches a day against teams from Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.

"This weekend is going to be different for us because we are going to be open in several different weight classes," Galey said.

The RHS underclassmen will be at the Don Runner tournament on the same days in Pavillion.

"The young guys will get a lot of good experience out there," Galey said. "You have to bring the young kids along in the right way."

Worland 42, Riverton 33

"We preach all the time in duals that if you start good, then good things will happen to everybody," Galey said.

At 106 pounds, Riverton's Devin Martinez pinned his Worland opponent.

"Devin got a big pin for us," Galey said.

Joey Ladd followed it up with another pin for the Wolverines at 120 pounds.

"That was probably Joey's best match of the whole year," Galey said.

Gavin Wilson had a quick pin at 126 pounds for the home team.

"Gavin can beat anybody at any time," Galey said.

Koa Rodriquez and Reece Prosser registered back-to-back pins at 160 pounds and 170 for the Wolverines.

In the 182-pound division, Chris Holcomb went the distance for an 8-2 win in his bracket.

Worland 42, Riverton 33

106 pounds -- Devin Martinez, Riverton, pinned Bryce Butterfield, 2:55.

113 -- Joey Ladd, Riverton, pinned Levi Casity, 3:41.

120 -- Gavin Wedrich, Worland, pinned Wayne Steeds, 2:01.

126 -- Gavin Wilson, Riverton, pinned DeLay Hoops, 2:30.

142 -- Conner Warner, Worland, pinned Hank Osborne, 2:00.

138 -- Justin Lewton, Worland, pinned Max Batista.

145 -- Kaden McIninny, Worland, pinned Dylan Lynch, 1:18.

152 -- Talyn Kapptic, Worland, dec. Tyler Allen, 8-1.

160 -- Koa Rodriquez, Riverton, pinned Lane Nelson, 4:20.

170 -- Reece Prosser, Riverton, pinned Wade Smith, 3:00

182 -- Chris Holcomb, Riverton, dec. Mickey Osbon, 8-2.

195 -- Nate Weyrich, Worland, dec. Kyle Page, 2-1.

220 -- Casey Hernandez, Worland, pinned Wyatt Wichelhaus, 1:15.

Heavyweight -- Nathan Kern, Worland, pinned David Romero, Riverton, 3:50.

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