Feb 29, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRiverton High School was paced by a talented junior class this year to make the Wolverines contenders in the Class 4-A wrestling ranks.
RHS had four Class 4-A West regional title winners, three second-place finishes at the state wrestling tournament, several other point scorers at state, and a fifth-place showing in the team standings in Casper.
And all the Riverton scorers from state are coming back next season.
"We have a super class coming back," RHS coach Jay Galey said. "I challenged them on Monday in a meeting to make next year the best year in school history."
Galey was assisted this year by Kaleb Howard, Nick Wilson, Ben Morgan and Matt Coughanour.
All four of Galey's coaches wrestled at RHS.
"They all get a long great with the kids," Galey said. "They put in a lot of time for the wrestlers, and they are willing to do whatever it takes to make the wrestlers better."
Top weight class
Riverton's Rudy Batista and Trevor Allen
made the 152-pound weight class the strongest one for the Wolverines.
In the early rounds at the state tournament. Batista pinned Aaron Parker (Casper Natrona) and Josh Guillory (Cheyenne) to clinch a spot in the semifinals.
Allen kept on a collision course for a showdown vs. Batista, beating Jerimaih Bershinksy (Laramie) in a pin at the 3:01 mark and moving past Nathan Johnston (Laramie) 7-4 in the quarterfinals.
In the semifinals, Batista managed a 5-2 victory vs. Allen to secure a spot in the title match.
"That was a typical practice room match," said Galey about watching Allen and Batista go head-to-head for a spot in the championship match.
In the title match, Evanston's Brayton Sanders won a 5-2 decision over Batista.
In the consolation bracket, Allen pinned Sheridan's Alex Smiley in a time of 2:09. Allen lost to Jordan Fischer (Gillette) 6-1 for third.
RHS juniors Ahren Wempen (126 pounds), Rudy Batista (152 pounds), TJ Galey (171 pounds) and sophomore Gavin Wilson (113 pounds) all entered the state tournament with No. 1 seeds after winning regional titles.
Wempen, Batista and Galey finished second at state, while Wilson came up fifth in his weight bracket.
Wilson lost to Sheridan's Jackson Hanify 8-6 in overtime in the quarterfinals.
Wilson bounced back to beat Mikes Nelson (Cheyenne Central), and Quinton Rhoades (Casper Natrona) in the consolation bracket.
Gillette's Evan Smith pinned Wilson, but the RHS sophomore ended the tournament 9-7 beating Kale Eslick (Green River) in overtime.
Wilson beat Smith in the 113-pound weight class title match at the Ron Thon Memorial tournament at Wolverine Gym.
Allen, Drew Leach and Jasper Gurr were the only seniors for RHS to take part at the state tournament.
At 160 pounds, Leach went 2-2 in the double-elimination tournament.
Gurr posted a 2-2 record in the 182-pound weight class.
Riverton results from Class 4-A state wrestling
106 pounds -- Isaac Chavez, Rock Springs, pinned Joey Ladd, Riverton, 4;49; Ladd pinned Cruz Cambell, Kelly Walsh, 3:58; Deavon Mauch, Gillette, pinned Ladd, 1:40.
113 pounds -- Gavin Wilson pinned Brandon Skaj, Casper Natrona, 3:13; Jackson Hanify, Sheridan, dec. Wilson 8-6 in overtime; Wilson pinned Mike Nelson, Cheyenne Central, 3:45; Evan Smith, Gillette, pinned Wilson, 2:40; Wilson dec. Kale Eslick, Green River, 9-7 in overtime. Wilson placed fifth.
126 pounds -- Arhen Wempen, Riverton, dec. Kyle Key, Casper Natrona, 7-1; Wempen pinned Andrew Snow, Cheyenne South, 1:48; Wempen dec. Kris Miller, Gillette, 7-2; Galey dec. Wempen, 4-2. Wempen placed second.
132 pounds -- Bruce Lester, Evanston, pinned Joey Roseno, Evanston, 3:08; Bailey McHenry, Cheyenne Central, pinned Roseno, 3:47.
138 pounds -- Ryan Slaugh, Rock Springs, pinned TJ Turner, Riverton, 3:24; Turner pinned Austin Sullins, Kelly Walsh, :58; Andrew Lester, Evanston, won by default injury over Turner.
145 pounds -- Beau Batista, Riverton, pinned Devin Peel, Kelly Walsh, 3:35; Batista, dec. Scott Hanify, Sheridan, 10-3; Batista Convolo, Evanston, dec. Batista, 5-0; Batista pinned Cade Noble, Cheyenne South, 1:53; Batista dec. Zane Gray, Natrona, 5-2. Batista placed third.
145 pounds -- Tyler Allen, Riverton, pinned Dalton Mizel, Cheyenne East, :58; Dani Fischer, Gillette, pinned Allen, :27; Allen pinned Jerry Looney, Laramie, 3:28; Cade Noble, Cheyenne South, dec. Allen, 6-0.
152 pounds -- Rudy Batista, Riverton, pinned Aaron Parker, Casper Natrona, 3:36; Batista pinned Josh Guillory, Cheyenne East, 3:45; Batista, dec. Trevor Allen, Riverton, 5-2; Brayton Sanders, Evanston, dec. Batista, 5-2. Batista placed second.
152 pounds -- Trevor Allen, Riverton, pinned Jerimiah Bershinsky, Laramie, 3:01; Nathan Johnson, Laramie, dec. Allen, 7-4; Allen dec. Rudy Batista, Riverton, 5-2; Allen pinned Alex Smiley, Sheridan, 2:09; Jordan Fischer, Gillette, Dec. Allen, 6-1. Allen placed fourth.
160 pounds -- Drew Leach, Riverton, pinned Luke Melchior, Cheyenne Central, 5:50; Xavier Padilla, Green River dec. 6-1; Leach pinned Milton Crawford, Riverton, 2:40; Cody Dunn, Cheyenne South, dec. Leach, 4-3.
160 pounds -- Milton Crawford, Riverton, dec. Dillon Titnesor, Laramie, 10-8; Phoenix Robinson, Sheridan, pinned Crawford, 4:13; Drew Leach, Riverton, pinned Crawford, 2:40.
170 pounds -- Thomas Myler, Casper Natrona, won by injury over Reece Prosser, Riverton; James Sedey, Rock Springs, won by injury over Prosser.
182 pounds -- Dylan Lewis, Riverton, pinned Jonathan Wemhoner, Rock Springs, 1:57; Tory Music, Sheridan, dec. Lewis, 8-5; Lewis major dec. Lance Feguson, Natrona, 9-0; Lewis dec. Dylan Parke, Casper Natrona, 3-1; Conner Hendry, Kelly Walsh, dec. Lewis, 8-1; Lewis dec. Dalton Swett, Laramie, 10-2. Lewis placed fifth.
182 pounds -- Jacob Gurr, Riverton pinned Jacob Giel, Kelly Walsh, 5:06; Burke Burgess, Gillette, pinned Gurr, 1:06; Gurr dec. Cody Welborn, Sheridan, 4-3; Dalton Swett, Laramie, pinned Gurr, :37.
195 pounds -- Jacob Flescher, Riverton, pinned Kaycee Miles, Evanston, :41; Flescher dec. Jace Jacob, Gillette, 10-9; Cody Delk, Sheridan, pinned Flescher, 5:59; David Sounders, Natrona, major dec. Flescher, 16-4; Christian Robinson, Cheyenne East, won over Flescher. Flescher placed fourth.
195 pounds -- Jace Jacob, Gillette, pinned Riley Reichert, Riverton, 1:53; Reichert pinned Kaycee Miles, Evanston, 3:32; David Sounders, Natrona, dec. Reichert, 7-4.
220 pounds -- Reece Brown, Evanston, major dec. Lane Savage, Riverton, 10-1; Savage pinned Chance Jones, Laramie, :50; Savage pinned Caleb Olson, Gillette, 1:43; Taven Bryan, Casper Natrona, dec. Savage, 8-0.
220 pounds -- Greg Lensert, Natrona, pinned Casey Savage, Riverton, 1:41; Savage pinned Nate Obray, Kelly Walsh, 4:05; Savage dec. Brett Schaeffer, Cheyenne East, 3-2; Justin Bayles, Green River, pinned Savage, 2:02.
Heavyweight -- Colter Bentley, Natrona, pinned Ransom Barrett, Riverton, :48; Dawson Steeds, Riverton, pinned Barrett, 2:21.
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