Feb 16, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets Sports EditorRiverton High School has an eye on the Class 4-A West regional wrestling crown Friday and Saturday in Evanston.
The Wolverines haven't won a regional title since the 2003 season but climbed into contention with a 4-1 conference mark this year.
"There is not one kid in athletics that doesn't want to hang a banner," RHS coach Jay Galey said. "It's just a matter of us being able to execute and surprise a few people along the way."
RHS beat Casper Natrona, Rock Springs, Kelly Walsh and Evanston in the regular-season conference duals. The loss was to Green River.
"The team race will be pretty interesting," Galey said. "We are going to be in the mix."
The Wolverines are No. 5 in the state Class 4-A team rankings. Casper Natrona is No. 4, and Rock Springs sits at No. 6.
Friday brings preliminary and semifinals in Evanston. The regionals finals are Saturday afternoon.
"I really like our lineup," Galey said. "The thing that I like most about it is that we have some younger guys who will surprise some people."
The top eight wrestlers in each weight class from regionals qualify for the state tournament Feb. 24-25 at the Casper Events Center.
The top four wrestlers from regionals will be seeded for state. The fifth- through eighth-place wrestlers will be drawn out of a hat for placement in the state bracket.
TJ Galey enters the postseason for the Wolverines ranked No. 2 in Class 4-A at 170 pounds. Sheridan's Lucas Giesey is in the No. 1 position. Galey won't see Giesey at the regional meet.
Riverton's Ahren Wempen has a No. 3 ranking in the 126-pound weight class. Tanner Galey from Kelly Walsh is No. 1 in Wempen's weight class. He'll be in Evanston. Gavin Wilson (113 pounds), Beau Batista (145), Rudy Batista (152) and Dylan Lewis (182) are all ranked No. 4 in their weight classes for RHS.
Jacob Flescher (195) and Dawson Steeds (heavyweight) are No. 5.
Lane Savage (220), Drew Leach (160) and Trevor Allen (152) check in at No. 6.
RHS lineup for the Class
4-A West regional tournament
103 pounds -- Joey Ladd.
113 pounds -- Gavin Wilson.
120 pounds -- Hank Osborne.
126 pounds -- Ahren Wempen and Austin Locker.
132 pounds -- Michael Menzies and Joey Roseno.
138 pounds -- TJ Turner and JD Jaeger.
145 pounds -- Beau Batista and Tyler Allen.
152 pounds -- Rudy Batista and Trevor Allen.
160 pounds -- Drew Leach and Milton Crawford.
170 pounds -- TJ Galey and Reece Prosser.
182 pounds -- Dylan Lewis and Jasper Gurr.
195 pounds -- Jacob Flescher and Riley Reichert.
220 pounds -- Lane Savage and Casey Savage.
Heavyweight -- Dawson Steeds and Ransom Barrett.
Here are the latest class
4-A wrestling rankings
106 pounds -- 1. Brody Cress, Cheyenne East; 2. Jared Flores, Green River; 3. Terrance McDonough, Cheyenne Central; 4. Devon Mauch, Cheyenne Central; 5. Sam Moody, Cheyenne Central; 6. Gage Tyree, Sheridan; 7. Jeff Johnson, Rock Springs.
113 pounds -- 1. Bryce Meredith, Cheyenne Central; 2. Evan Smith, Gillette; 3. Tanner Wickerman, Cheyenne East; 4. Gavin Wilson, Riverton; 5. Zeke Mamalis, Green River; 6. Jackson Hanify, Sheridan; 7. Mike Nelson, Cheyenne Central.
120 pounds -- 1. Cody Vichi, Rock Springs; 2. Derek Berrettini, Sheridan; 3. Carlos Salazar, Kelly Walsh; 4. Luis Reyes, Cheyenne East; 5. Kholin Hamon, Sheridan; 6. Mike Emery, Casper Natrona; 7. Chase Omelia, Green River.
126 pounds -- 1. Tanner Galey, Kelly Walsh; 2. Lance Kailey, Cheyenne East; 3. Ahren Wempen, Riverton; 4. Kris Miller, Cheyenne Central; 5. Isaac Garcia, Gillette; 6. Jaime Flores, Green River; 7. Trevor Brower, Cheyenne East.
132 pounds -- 1. Clay Carter, Sheridan; 2. Blaze Cress, Cheyenne East; 3. Alex Lancasse, Gillette; 4. Bruce Lester, Evanston; 5. Bailey McHenry, Central; 6. Cody Francis, Rock Springs; 7. Josh Palomo, Natrona.
138 pounds -- 1. Lukas Poloncic, Gillette; 2. Ryan Slaugh, Rock Springs; 3. Hayes Stone, Cheyenne East; 4. Hayden Rawlings, Cheyenne Central;5. Collin Ballard, Laramie; 6. Blake Hanzlik, Cheyenne Central; 7. Justin Verner, Green River.
145 pounds --- 1. Danni Fischer, Gillette; 2. Zane Gray, Natrona; 3. Scott Hanify, Sheridan; 4. Beau Batista, Riverton; 5. Batista Covolo, Evanston; 6. Wiley King, Casper Natrona; 7. Cade Noble, Cheyenne South.
152 pounds -- 1. Brayton Sanders, Evanston; 2. Shay McCurdy, Green River; 3. Nathan Johnston, Laramie; 4. Rudy Batista, Riverton; 5. Jordan Fishcer, Gillette; 6. Trevor Allen, Riverton; 7. Casey Brown, Casper Natrona.
160 pounds -- 1. Tanner Olson, Gillette; 2. Brecken Biggs, Casper Natrona; 3. Xavier Padilla, Green River; 4. Cody Dunn, Cheyenne South; 5. Kayden Martin, Evanston; 6. Drew Leach, Riverton; 7. Layne Gunyan, Rock Springs.
170 pounds --- 1. Lucas Giesey, Sheridan; 2. TJ Galey, Riverton; 3. James Sedey, Rock Springs; 4. Thomas Myler, Casper Natrona; 5. Taylor Bigelow, Gillette; 6. Miclo Cruz, Cheyenne East; 7. Carson Mock, Gillette.
182 pounds -- 1. Burke Burgess, Gillette; 2. Tevi Bartlett, Cheyenne East; 3. Tory Music, Sheridan; 4. Dylan Lewis, Riverton; 5. Evan Forsyth, Sheridan; 6. Dalton Swett, Laramie; 7. Connor Hendry, Kelly Walsh.
195 pounds -- 1. Caleb Seghetti, Casper Natrona; 2. Rafer Cooley, Cheyenne Central; 3. Cody Delk, Sheridan; 4. Christian Robinson, Cheyenne East; 5. Jacob Flescher, Riverton; 6. Jace Jacob, Gillette; 7. Tyler Colley, Cheyenne South.
220 pounds -- 1. Reece Brown, Evanston; 2. Justin Bayles, Green River; 3. Teven Bryan, Casper Natrona; 4. Greg Lensert, Casper Natrona; 5. Luke Sather, Gillette; 6. Lane Savage, Riverton; 7. Steven Swanson, Cheyenne South.
Heavyweight -- 1. Alex Marty, Sheridan; 2. DJ Doolin, Cheyenne East; 3. Colter Bently, Casper Natrona; 4. Taylor Babour, Gillette; 5. Dawson Steeds, Riverton; 6. Ty Calladitto, Evanston; 7. Dustyn Myers, Casper Natrona.
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