Jan 24, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Lander Tigers had a successful home wrestling opener on Thursday night by pounding Mountain View.
Lander controlled the lower weights to chalk up a 46-16 win vs. its Class 3-A West conference opponent.
The Tigers had been on the road for the entire month of December and most of January.
"We are always a work in progress," Lander coach Nick Fulton said. "I would like to see some go the other way.
"In some instances, we looked fine. If we all fire together in the lighter weights, we should be pretty tough to beat.
"We have to get everybody clicking together and get our full lineup in. "
The dual didn't feature any junior varsity matches.
"It was kind of disappointed that we didn't have any junior varsity," Fulton said.
Early round matches for the Lander Invitational started Friday afternoon at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
"Friday and Saturday are huge days for us," Fulton said. "We need to really focused and get our minds right."
Teams invited to the double-elimination tournament are Powell, Cody, Jackson, Star Valley, Mountain View, Lyman, Pinedale, Worland, Glenrock, Douglas, Rawlins, Torrington, Rock Springs, Kelly Walsh, Riverton, Kemmerer, Big Piney, Dubois and Wyoming Indian.
The finals of the tournament are scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
"I would like us to bring an intensity to the match," Fulton said.
Palmer Schafer began the match with a quick pin at 106 pounds for the Tigers. Schafer is ranked No. 1 in the Class 3-A in the weight.
Kyle Carey came up with another pin in the 120-pound weight division.
"Palmer and Kyle both continue to be solid," Fulton said.
Jacob Winchester battled to a 11-3 decision vs. Mountain View's Julia Long at 132 pounds.
Andrew Von Rein had a short night at 138 pounds for the Tigers by pinning Sheldon Lang.
"Andrew is just so talented," Fulton said.
Fulton was impressed with how Noah Rohrbacher pinned Cole Harris at 145 pounds.
"I was really happy with how Noah did," Fulton said. "He did a couple of things right. He came out aggressive and got a good win."
Lander 46, Mountain View 16
Heavyweight -- Kegan Wells, Lander, won by forfeit.
106 pounds -- Palmer Schafer, Lander, pinned Lakota Doice.
113 -- Wyatt Hallam, Mountain View, dec. Mark McConnell, 6-3.
120 -- Kyle Carey, Lander, pinned Kwaylon Robbins.
126 -- Kyle Bonner, Mountain View, pinned Ben McKinney.
132 -- Jacob Winchester, Lander, major decision Julia Long, Mountain View, 11-3.
138 -- Andrew Von Rein, Lander, pinned Sheldon Lance.
145 -- Noah Rohrbacher, Lander, pinned Cole Harris, Mountain View.
152 -- Seth Cole, Lander, won by forfeit.
160 -- Taylor Tucker, Mountain View, pinned Dennis Meeker.
170 -- Double forfeit.
182 -- Double forfeit.
195 -- Double forfeit.
195 -- Double forfeit.
220 -- Garrett Coffman, Lander, won by forfeit.
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