Feb 20, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets Sports EditorFour Riverton High School wrestlers captured championships Saturday at the Class 4-A West wrestling regional tournament in Evanston to help put the Wolverines third in the team standings.
Riverton's Gavin Wilson (113 pounds), Ahren Wempen (126 pounds), Rudy Batista (152) and TJ Galey (171 pounds) all won titles.
"We had some bright spots," RHS coach Jay Galey said. "We had some guys wrestle really well. It looks to me like we are going to peak at the right time. We are all looking forward to the state tournament."
The Wolverines finished the two-day meet scoring 161.50 points.
"I loved the fact that we got four regional champions," Galey said. "I just felt like going in we would be better than third. I just think that we have to take ownership of that. We can't have some of them take ownership and some of them not. That is what we are going to try and get fixed this week."
Casper Natrona won the title at 198 points. Evanston finished second (163.50), Green River fourth (132), Kelly Walsh fifth (124) and Rock Springs sixth (113.50).
Riverton's Jacob Flescher (195 pounds) and Dylan Lewis (182) finished second.
"Casper is pretty solid," Galey said.
"They have some weight classes that they are two deep in, but I also think that we can beat them in some of those weight classes.
We just have to step up to the challenge and get it done."
Dylan Lewis (182) and Jacob Flescher (195) came close for Riverton. Both finished second.
Riverton's Beau Batista (145 pounds), Trevor Allen (152) and Jasper Gurr (182) finished third. Tyler Allen (145) and Dawson Steeds (heavyweight) finished fourth.
RHS will now head to the Class 4-A state wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday in Casper.
Wilson recorded three straight pins in the 113-pound weight class for his victory.
He capped off his performance in the title match with a pin over Kale Elick of Green River at the 1:22 mark.
At 126 pounds, Wempen gained revenge on Tanner Galey in a 5-4 decision title victory.
Wempen had lost to Galey in a conference dual match and at the Ron Thon Memorial Tournament.
Wempen had a 3-0 mark this weekend in Evanston to clinch a No. 1 seed for state.
In the 152-pound class, Rudy Batista beat Bryson Peel (Kelly Walsh) in a pin and Evanston's William Kishpaugh on 10-0 major decision.
Batista escaped a 3-2 decision vs. Evanston's Brayton Sanders in the finals.
At 171 pounds, Galey secured a title after beating Natrona's Thomas Myler 3-1. Galey pinned Sergion Mendonza of Evanston in the semifinals.
Lewis advanced to the title match in the 182-pound weight class in wins over Jonathan Wemhoner from Rock Springs and Gurr.
In the finals, Kelly Walsh's Conner Hendry edged Lewis 4-2 for the title.
In the finals, Flescher was pinned by Natrona's Caleb Seghetti in the first period.
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