Feb 7, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorAn electrifying start on the wrestling mat helped push the Riverton Wolverines to a 47-32 victory Thursday night vs. the Laramie Plainsmen.
RHS opened the dual at Wolverine Gym winning five consecutive matches.
Tyler Allen had the first pin of the evening for RHS when he won quickly at 152 pounds in the dual's opening match.
"We started out with a nice weight," RHS coach Jay Galey said. "Tyler wrestled really solid. When things like that happen, it's like having a cold when everyone catches on."
Riverton also won forfeit matches at 106 pounds and 113 pounds.
Laramie took the last three matches to narrow the final margin.
"Laramie has improved a lot," Galey said. "We knew that coming in. That is one thing that we talked about, and I think they responded pretty well."
The Wolverines showed support for the for the fight against cancer on Thursday night during by wearing Kids Being Tough T-shirts. A T-shirt was thrown into the crowd after every match.
The contest was the last home dual of the year for the Wolverines. RHS went 2-1 on the home season. The other win was against Casper Natrona. The Wolverines fell to Worland.
Seniors Allen, Chris Holcomb and Gavin Wilson were honored before the match.
"We have had that energy from time to time this year," Galey said. "It was nice to start out with a senior, because they know how important it's. There's only so much you can tell them. They have to be ready to go on their own."
Now the Wolverines compete at the Ron Thon Memorial Invitational Friday and Saturday.
There are 42 teams scheduled to compete in the two-day, double-elimination tournament.
The semifinals are Saturday morning at Wolverine Gym. The finals are held in the afternoon.
Riverton 47, Laramie 32
After Allen's victory, Riverton's Koa Rodriguez put in an 11-0 victory over Triston Looney at 160 pounds.
"I thought that Rodriguez maybe wrestled the best he has all year," Galey said.
Bridger Ammon added another win in the 170-pound weight class vs. Kevin Delgado 5-1,
Reece Prosser was behind his Laramie challenger in the first period but came back to get a pin in the second period at 182 pounds.
"Reece overcame some adversity there," Galey said.
"He came roaring back.That is what it takes in this sport to be successful."
Holcomb upset Jerry Looney 7-3 in the 195-pound division.
Looney is the No. 2 ranked wrestler in Class 4-A.
"Position-wise, that is as good as Chris has looked all year," Galey said.
Heavyweight David Romero secured six more points for the Wolverines on a pin.
RHS 47, Laramie 32
152 pounds -- Tyler Allen, Riverton, pinned Tilden Zars in second period.
160 -- Koa Rodriguez, Riverton, major dec. Tristan Looney, 11-2.
170 -- Brider Ammon, Riverton, dec. Kevin Delgado, 5-1.
182 -- Reece Prosser, Riverton, pinned Joe Smith in second period.
195 -- Chris Holcomb, Riverton,dec. Jerry Looney, 7-3.
220 -- Colten Wasternberg, Laramie, pinned Kyle Page.
Heavyweight -- David Romero, Riverton, pinned Matthew Montoya in third.
106 -- Devin Martinez, Riverton, won by forfeit.
113 -- Joey Ladd, Riverton, won by forfeit.
120 -- Aaron Candelaria, Laramie, dec. Gavin Wilson. 5-3,
126 -- Michael Menzies, Riverton, won by forfeit.
132 -- Bridger Rardin, Laramie, major dec. Alex Fabricus, 12-0.
136 -- Desmin Martinez, Laramie, pinned Hank Osborne.
145 -- Carson Looney, Laramie, dec. T.J. Turner, 3-2.
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