Feb 5, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCoach Jay Galey and his Riverton Wolverines were in the setting-up stage Wednesday morning in preparing for a big home wrestling weekend at Wolverine Gym.
RHS opens the stretch Thursday when Laramie arrives for a dual, and the huge Ron Thon Memorial Invitational starts Friday.
Thursday's junior varsity starts the dual at 5 p.m. The varsity follows at approximately 6 p.m.
RHS Senior Night is observed in conjunction with the dual.
"The Laramie dual is going to be a fun night for the guys," Galey said. "We have some fun things going on. I hope that we can get a good crowd in here."
Seniors to be honored are Gavin Wilson, Tyler Allen and Chris Holcomb.
"They know that the season is winding down fast for them," Galey said. "It means their careers are winding down. I think that those guys will be ready."
The Wolverines have decided to show their support for the for the fight against cancer during the dual. RHS will be wearing Kids Being Tough T-shirts during the match, and after every RHS win a T-shirt will be thrown into the crowd.
For the Ron Thon Memorial Invitational Friday and Saturday, 42 teams are expected from Class 4-A, 3-A and 2-A.
The Wolverines went 0-3 at the Class 4-A West conference duals on Saturday in Rock Springs.
"The conference duals wasn't our best outing of the year," Galey said. "For whatever reason, we just didn't wrestle very well."
The Wolverines lost to Rock Springs by three points, Green River handed Riverton a big loss, and Evanston won a tight three-point match over Riverton.
"I know that they are a lot different team this year than they have been in the past," Galey said of the Laramie Plainsmen.
Laramie and Riverton aren't ranked this week in the top six in Class 4-A in the wrestling rankings.
"Laramie is more aggressive this year," Galey said. "There are going to be some good matches.
Galey said the Wolverines were focused this week in getting ready for Laramie.
"I think that our guys will respond and wrestle pretty well," Galey said.
Jerry Looney is the highest-ranked Laramie wrestler fourth at 195 pounds.
"Laramie has some good kids in the lower weights and a couple of good kids in the middle," Galey said. "They are kind of sprinkled across their lineup a little bit."
Devin Martinez starts things for the Wolverines at 106 pounds. Joey Ladd or Justyn Corbett will go in the 113-pound division. Wilson is slated for 120 pounds. Michael Menzies is at 126 pounds, and
Hank Osborne has the start at 132. Max Batista is at 138 pounds.
T.J. Turner (145 pounds), Allen (152), Koa Rodriguez (160), Reece Prosser (170), Holcomb (182), Kyle Page (195), Wyatt Wichelhaus (220) and David Romero (heavyweight) round out the Riverton lineup.
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