Feb 14, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Wolverines fell behind 38-15 before winning the last four matches.
Early pins by Lander Tigers held up against Riverton for a 38-36 victory Thursday on the wrestling mat at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
Lander's Andrew Von Rein exhausted T.J. Turner 13-3 for four points to put the Wolverines out of reach at 38-15 in the team score in the 145-pound division.
RHS won the last four matches of the dual, but it wasn't enough.
"The last thing that we told them is that they have to stay off their backs," RHS coach Jay Galey said. "We gave up pins in some situations that we couldn't give up. Ultimately, the outcome is what it ends up to be."
The dual started off at 195 pounds where Riverton won on a forfeit. Lander won a forfeit in the 106-pound match. The other forfeit came at 182 pounds where Lander had the weight open.
After a pin by Riverton's Wyatt Wichelhaus, Kegan Wells pinned his opponent in his final home match for the Tigers in the heavyweight division.
Mark McConnell tasted a pin in third period for the Tigers in the 113-pound weight division.
Lander's Kyle Carey and Ben McKinney put together back-to-back pins at 120 pounds and 126 pounds for the start the Wolverines did not want to see.
Riverton won six more points on a forfeit in the 182-pound division.
"The kids wrestled to expectations," Lander coach Nick Fulton said. "They came out and set the pace, which I was really happy with, and took care of business."
Fulton called the victory a total team effort from everybody in Lander's lineup.
"We asked a lot of kids to do a lot of things for our team," Fulton said.
A momentum-stopper for the Wolverines came from Alec Fabricus at 132 pounds when he won a 4-2 decision against Jacob Winchester.
The wrestlers each had a two-point takedown in the first period to tie the score at 2-2.
Fabricus added two more points on another takedown.
"We have seen for the last month that Alec has gotten better," Galey said. "It's a great time of the year to get better."
Riverton's Koa Rodriguez earned a 4-2 decision vs. Noah Rohrbacher in the 160-pound division.
Riverton's Tyler Allen and Reece Prosser slammed home pins at 152 and 170 division for 12 points.
"Tyler and Reece did exactly did what we needed them to do," Galey said.
The Tigers and the Wolverines will now take the weekend off from competition.
RHS heads to the Class 4-A West regional tournament next Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22, in Casper.
The Class 3-A West regionals will be on the same days at Star Valley High School.
"It has been a long time since we have had a weekend off," Galey said.
Galey is going to cut back practice time next week to prepare for the postseason run.
"We will just go over the things that they are good at," Galey said. "We will just go down to Casper and let it roll."
Lander 38, Riverton 36
195 pounds -- Chris Holcomb, Riverton, won by forfeit.
220 -- Wyatt Wichelaus, Riverton, pinned Garrett Coffman, in first period.
Heavyweight -- Kegan Wells, Lander, pinned David Romero in first period.
106 -- Palmer Schafer, Lander, won by forfeit.
113 -- Mark McConnell, Lander, pinned Joey Ladd in third period.
120 -- Kyle Carey, Lander, pinned Wayne Steeds in first period.
126 -- Ben McKinney, Lander, pinned Michael Menzies in first period.
132 -- Alec Fabricus, dec. Jacob Winchester, 4-2.
138 -- Dillon Weil, Lander,
major dec. Max Batista, 9-0.
145 -- Andrew Von Rein, Lander, major dec. T.J. Turner, 13-3.
152 -- Tyler Allen, Riverton, pinned Seth Cole in second period.
160 -- Koa Rodriguez, Riverton, dec. Noah Rohrbacher, 4-2.
170 -- Reece Prosser, Riverton, Talen Connell in second period.
182 -- Bridger Amman, Riverton, won by forfeit.
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