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Big youth wrestling tourney Saturday at RHS
Nine-year-old Andrew Daniels sparred with 10-year-old Landon Brownlee during Tuesday wrestling practice at the Tonkin Activities Center. Riverton hosts a meet for younger wrestlers Saturday at Riverton High School. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Big youth wrestling tourney Saturday at RHS

Apr 10, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The wrestling mats will be rolled out Saturday at Wolverine Gym, for the host site of the one-day Rumble at the Rendezvous USA wrestling tournament.

Wrestlers compete in the morning in folkstyle wrestling and in the afternoon in the freestyle brackets.

The tournament starts at 9 a.m. Admission is free.

"We are real excited for the tournament," Riverton coach Jake Briggs said. "We are a week before the state tournament, so it should be a pretty good turnout."

Riverton officials are expecting 300 wrestlers for the tournament. Sheridan is holding a USA tournament on the same weekend.

"We are going to draw the better part of the people to the tournament," Briggs said.

Last year, the tournament was a two-day event.

Divisions

The different brackets are for age 6-and-under, bantam, intermediate, novice, schoolboy, cadets and juniors.

Folkstyle is the standard wrestling people see in the United States. Briggs said freestyle is an Olympic style of wrestling.

Season

The Riverton club started the regular season in February.

"There has been some great community support," Briggs said.

The club practices Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Tonkin Activities Center.

Riverton has 118 wrestlers in the program.

"That is probably up 10 to 15 kids," Briggs said. "It's a huge team."

The team has a number of different age groups.

"We picked up a lot of middle school wrestlers," Briggs said. "We have a bunch of novice members that are doing really good across the state."

The biggest age divisions for Riverton are 9-10 and 11-12.

"The club has really come a long way," Briggs said. "The team has done really well. We have had a great season."

Riverton has competed in tournaments in Lander, Worland and Rock Springs.

"They have improved on their outlook and their attitude," Briggs said. "They have learned that wrestling is sport that whatever you put into it is what you get out of it."

Riverton sent wrestlers to the Montana Open in Billings, Mont.

"We have wrestled all around the Big Horn Basin," Briggs said.

The youngest wrestlers compete in three one-minute periods.

The older wrestlers have two-minute periods.

Riverton is slated to have 10 to 12 officials for the tournament.

There will be eight mats in use.

In the team standings, Briggs said it will be tough for Riverton to repeat in front of the home fans.

"There are a couple of teams that are big," Briggs said.

Green River is one of the largest ones.

Riverton has almost 50 wrestlers registered for Saturday.

"We will have to have a lot of high placers to win this tournament," Briggs said.

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