Nov 30, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorWind River started the wrestling season Friday in Powell.
Wind River High School wrestling coach James Cunningham is using this season to build experience on his team.
The Cougars have 12 members out for wrestling, three of them seniors.
The numbers are a slight increase from the 2011 season.
"This team that we have this year is inexperienced but larger than we had last year," Cunningham said. "I'm excited to see what happens."
WRHS has wrestlers in most weight classes.
"The kids are spread a little more than they were last year," Cunningham said. "We are filling more weight classes."
Wind River senior Alex Collver has been on the mats for the three last years. Collver probably will wrestle at 160 pounds.
"Alex has a lot of experience," Cunningham said. "He is a varsity leader that way."
Caiden Pfisterer is another senior wrestler. Pfisterer is slated to be at 132 pounds.
"Caiden has really came out fired up this year," Cunningham said.
Senior Drew Antone is a first-year wrestler for the Cougars. Cunningham expects Antone to be at 152 pounds.
Antone also is one of the top high school bull riders in the state. As a junior, he qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo held in Rock Springs after a top four finish at the state level.
"Drew brings in a little toughness," Cunningham said. "We just have to get him some moves and get him a little flow with his moves."
Junior Charles Oldman is the heavyweight.
"Charles is coming from a toe injury in football, and we are trying to get that where he can compete again," Cunningham said. "He is really limited in what he can do right now."
Junior Dalton Perkins will be at either 138 pounds or 145 pounds.
"I'm looking for good things out of Charles and Dalton," Cunningham said.
WRHS started the season Friday at the two-day Powell Invitational.
The tournament hosts teams from Class 4-A, 3-A and 2-A ranks in both varsity and junior varsity brackets.
"Most of them will be in the junior varsity tournament," Cunningham said. "I just want them to go out there and get some mat time, get some experience, and get some success going."
WRHS will compete in the Zach Parish Duals on Saturday, Dec. 8., in Shoshoni.
Shoshoni officials are expecting 13 teams for the one-day tournament.
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