Feb 1, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets Sports EditorEddie Carr is an inspiration.
The Riverton High School junior special education student made an impact this year for everybody involved in the wrestling program.
Carr started to come to practices earlier this year, and coach Jay Galey welcomed him with open arms.
"He doesn't have a bad day," said Galey during practice Tuesday afternoon. "He is lot of fun to be around."
Galey said Carr comes to as many practices as he can.
"We let him wrestle around with the guys," Galey said. "He has a great time with it."
Carr has been an honorary captain for the Wolverines in dual wins over Casper Natrona and Worland.
Carr has been introduced with the starting lineup. He gets a spot on the bench, and h leads the team in cheers during the matches.
The Wolverines have climbed to No. 4 in the Class 4-A state wrestling.
I met Eddie Carr at The Ranger last Thursday afternoon when RHS special education teacher Derek Watson brought him down for an interview.
From the moment the visit began, I knew he was a friendly person to spend time with.
Carr said his favorite sport, hands down, is wrestling. He told me one of the guys he wrestles the most in practice is junior TJ Galey, who is ranked No. 2 in the state in 171-pound weight class.
"It's really interesting," said Galey about having Carr around. "It's not every day where you have somebody like Eddie. He brings energy to practice. Everybody loves him. He will give everybody high fives. He just brings a great atmosphere for practice."
Carr acts like one of the coaches on the staff.
"He will get after the wrestlers," Galey said. "He will come up to you and try to wrestle with you."
He said Carr is a good role model for everybody.
"I have learned from Eddie that no matter what has been given to you, whether you are the best wrestler on the team or not, you look at Eddie he just inspires you. It's motivation just to look at Eddie."
Riverton High School wrestling fans will get the chance to look at Carr in the spotlight when the Wolverines take on Laramie in a dual at 6 p.m. Thursday at Wolverine Gym. Carr will wrestle with one of the members on the RHS wresting squad in an exhibition match. "Eddie will get to be on the big stage," coach Galey said. Galey isn't sure who Carr will wrestle."That will depend on what weight we start with," Galey said.
The match with the Plainsmen will make Carr's year.
"He has talked about wrestling every day," TJ said. "Every other word out of his mouth is wrestling. It was like he was born to do it. It's in his blood."
After the dual with the Plainsmen, the Wolverines will go to battle in the 42-team Ron Thon Invitational Friday and Saturday at Wolverine Gym. At the Ron Thon, Carr will be cheering RHS on the wrestling mats. Carr will be giving high fives to RHS after a victory or a loss.
He will always be in the corner for the Wolverines.
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