Jan 4, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorBeau Batista will return to the wrestling lineup for Riverton High School this weekend after being out with an injury for nearly a month
Batista, a senior, hurt his shoulder during the Rapid City, S.D., Invitational Dec. 7-8.
RHS began the Shane Shatto Invitational Friday afternoon in Douglas.
Batista is ranked No. 3 in the 152-pound weight class in the latest Wyoming wrestling rankings.
"Beau is a competitor," RHS coach Jay Galey said. "It has been hard for him to sit and watch his teammates. He brings a lot of experience."
Batista has been a starter for the Wolverines the last three years.
"The biggest thing is that individually we know that he is tough," Galey said. "You just can't replace his leadership. With that being said, it will be really good for our guys to have him back."
Galey said RHS scaled back practice during the Christmas break.
"We only went for an hour and half every time," Galey said. "We tried to up the intensity a little bit but shorten the time. The biggest reason behind that is I wanted to get them as much rest as I could. December was just brutal for us."
The Wolverines last competed at the Lander Invitational on Dec. 20-21 at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
"We added an extra tournament," Galey said. "I thought that at the Lander Invitational it showed a little bit. I thought that we looked a little tired. We did lose some close matches."
Rudy Batista and Arhen Wempen won individual titles in Lander. Batista placed first in the 160-pound title and Wempen claimed the 132-pound championship.
"We had some guys that wrestled really well in Lander," Galey said.
Dawson Steeds will wrestle this weekend in the 220-pound weight class.
Steeds had climbed into the No. 4 position in the Class 4-A heavyweight division.
"We just wanted to see how Dawson looked at 220 pounds," Galey said. "I don't know if we are going to keep Dawson there."
Galey said Steeds is an undersized heavyweight.
"At times, he is giving up to 45 pounds with the other heavyweights," Galey said.
Powell, Douglas, Cheyenne Central, Cheyenne East and Casper Natrona are going to be the strong teams in the two-day and double-elimination tournament in Douglas.
"Douglas is not going to be easy," Galey said. "We are going to get right back in the heat of the battle."
The Douglas tournament will feature a junior varsity and varsity division.
"We will send some of our younger guys to the junior varsity tournament," Galey said.
Riverton's varsity lineup this weekend is Gavin Wilson (120 pounds), Joey Roseno (126), Wempen (132), T.J. Turner (138), Tyler Allen (145), Beau Batista (152), Rudy Batista (160), T.J. Galey and Chris Holcomb (170), Casey Savage (195), Steeds (220) and Riley Reichert (220).
Class 4-A Wyoming
1. Gillette; 2. Cheyenne East; 3. Casper Natrona; 4. Riverton; 5. Green River; 6. Kelly Walsh.
106 pounds -- 1. Trent Olson, Gillette; 2. Cole Verner, Green River; 3. Terrance McDonough, Cheyenne East; 4. Braxton Cooper, Sheridan; 5. Kevin Curby, Cheyenne East; 6. Chantelle Lemus, Laramie; 7. Kegan Wass, Casper Natrona.
113 pounds -- 1. Devon Mauch, Gillette; 2. Steven Lahnert, Cheyenne East; 3. Taylor Jeffries, Cheyenne Central; 4. Jared Flores, Green River; 5. Gage Tyree, Sheridan; 6. Korbin Wagstaff, Evanston; 7. Nathan Parris, Cheyenne Central.
120 pounds -- 1. Evan Smith, Gillette; 2. Gavin Wilson, Riverton; 3. Isaac Garcia, Cheyenne East; 4. Tucker Goss, Sheridan; 5. Ben Nathan, Green River; 6. Robert Shirley, Gillette; 7. Jeff Johnson, Rock Springs.
126 pounds -- 1. Brody Cress, Cheyenne East; 2. Tanner Wickham, Cheyenne East; 3. Austin Zigray, Gillette; 4. Sean Thompson, Laramie; 5. Quinton Rhoades, Natrona; 6. Kholin Harmon, Sheridan; 7. Garret Galey, Kelly Walsh.
132 pounds -- 1. Bryce Meredith, Cheyenne Central; 2. Arhen Wempen, Riverton; 3. Carlos Salazar, Kelly Walsh; 4. Bruce Lester, Evanston; 5. Brady Vogel, Gillette; 6. Kyle Christensen, Laramie; 7. Jaime Flores, Green River.
138 pounds -- 1. Tannar Galey, Kelly Walsh; 2. Blaze Cress, Cheyenne East; 3. Alex Lacasse, Gillette; 4. Cody Fericks, Rock Springs; 5. Gabe Legler, Sheridan; 6. Andrew Snow, Cheyenne South; 7. Bailey McHenry, Cheyenne Central.
145 pounds -- 1. Danni Fischer, Gillette; 2. Hayes Stone, Cheyenne East; 3. Kris Miller, Gillette; 4. Daniel Hammond, Gillette; 5. Tyler Allen, Riverton; 6. Bryson Peel. Kelly Walsh; 7. Justin Verner, Green River.
152 pounds -- 1. Jordan Fischer, Gillette; 2. Batista Covolo, Evanston; 3. Beau Batista, Riverton; 4. Tristan Stassinos, Rock Springs; 5. Neil Smith, Green River; 6. Brendan Sailors, Laramie; 7. Forrest Hendry, Kelly Walsh.
160 pounds -- 1. Lukas Poloncic, Gillette; 2. Brayton Sanders, Evanston; 3. Hayden Rawlins, Gillette; 4. Rudy Batista, Riverton; 5. Shay McCurdy, Green River; 6. Casey Brown, Natrona; 7. Cade Noble, Cheyenne South.
170 pounds -- 1. T.J. Galey, Riverton; 2. Taylor Bigelow, Gillette; 3. William Kishpaugh, Evanston; 4. Jordan Kraft, Natrona; 5. Brecken Biggs, Natrona; 6. Mclo Cruz, Cheyenne East; 7. Logan Followell, Cheyenne Central.
182 pounds -- 1. Thomas Myler, Casper Natrona; 2. Christian Robinson, Cheyenne East; 3. Carson Mock, Gillette; 4. Cody Welborn Sheridan; 5. Kyle Page, Riverton; 6. Bridger Berry, Natrona; 7. Blake Burnett, Kelly Walsh.
195 pounds -- 1. Tevis Bartlett, Cheyenne East; 2. Conner Hendry, Kelly Walsh; 3. James Sedey, Rock Springs; 4. Tory Musci, Sheridan; 5. Jace Jacob, Gillette; 6. Chris Chrisler, Green River; 7. Lance Ferguson, Natrona.
220 pounds -- 1. Cody Delk, Sheridan; 2. Greg Lensert, Casper Natrona; 3. Luke Sather, Gillette; 4. Tyler Colley, Gillette; 5. Brett Schaeffer, Cheyenne East; 6. Jacob Flesher, Riverton; 7. Alex Pietzack, Kelly Walsh.
Heavyweight -- 1. Colter Bently, Natrona; 2. Taylor Barbour, Gillette; 3. DJ Doolin, Cheyenne East; 4. Dawson Steeds, Riverton; 5. Carlos Heredia, Evanston; 6. David Souders, Natrona; 7. Nate Obray, Natrona.
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