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Wolverines wrestlers take third at Douglas tourney; six medalists

Jan 8, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Gavin Wilson and Rudy Batista placed second individually Saturday at the Shane Shatto Memorial wrestling tournament for Riverton High School.

At 120 pounds, Wilson captured his first three matches to advance to the championship match. In the title match, Tanner Wickham from Cheyenne East won an 8-5 decision over Wilson.

Batista pinned his first three opponents in the 160-pound division. In the championship match, Colby Riesen of Chadron , Neb., beat Batista 9-3.

In the team standings, the Riverton Wolverines placed third with 144.5 points. Cheyenne East won the team crown at 289 points, and Douglas finished second at 198.5 points.

RHS competes Thursday night in a conference dual at Green River.

Other placers

Riverton's Arhen Wempen finished third at 132 pounds. In the semifinals, Wempen lost 8-3 to Bruno Nicoletti of Cherokee Trail, Neb.

Wempen bounced back to win two matches for his finish.

Wempen's teammate Beau Batista placed fourth in the 152-pound bracket.

Batista had been out of the lineup for almost a month with an injured shoulder before he returned for the Douglas tournament.

Tyler Allen (145 pounds) and T.J. Galey (170) were fifth for the Wolverines. Casey Savage placed sixth in the 195-pound division.

Riverton High School

wrestling results from

Shane Shatto Memorial

Team standings

1. Cheyenne East, 289; 2. Douglas, 198.5; 3. Riverton, 144.5; 4. Casper Natrona, 137.5; 5. Chadron, 127; 6. Sheridan, 118.5; 7. Cheyenne Central, 113.5; 8. Torrington, 109; 9. Cherokee Trail High School, 98.5; 10. Gillette, 76; 11. Cheyenne South, 75; 12. Laramie, 67; 13. Rock Springs, 61; 14. Wheatland, 54.

Riverton results

120 pounds -- Gavin Wilson, Riverton, major dec. Keegan Berry, Casper Natrona, 12-3; Wilson major dec. Rober Shirley, Gillette, 9-0; Wilson dec. Ryder Jones, Cheyenne Central, 10-3; Tanner Wickham, Cheyenne East, dec. Wilson, 8-5. Wilson placed second.

126 pounds -- Brody Cress, Cheyenne East, pinned Joey Roseno, Riverton, 4:12; Roseno pinned Cody Ferguson, Natrona, 2:38; Noah Fernandez, Wheatland, pinned Roseno, 2:42. Roseno didn't place.

132 pounds -- Arhen Wempen, Riverton, pinned Levi Romsa, Cheyene East, :22; Wempen tech fall. Thomas McClure, Chadron, 18-2; Bruno Nicoletti, Cherokee Trail, dec. Wempen, 8-3; Wempen dec. Kyle Christensen, Laramie, 7-0; Wempen pinned Luis Reyes, Cheyenne East, 1:26. Wempen placed third.

138 pounds -- Bailey McHenry, Cheyenne Central, dec. T.J. Turner, 9-3; Turner won in sudden victory overtime over Weston Bradshaw, Douglas, 4-2; Turner dec. Dax Catchcart, Cheyenne East, 9-3; Lance Lucas, Wheatland, dec. Turner, 3-1. Turner didn't place.

145 pounds -- Tyler Allen, Riverton, pinned Nick Bock, Newcastle, 2:23; Zack Larson, Thermopolis, dec. Allen, 4-1; Allen dec. Nathan Willis, Wheatland, 3-0; Allen dec. Josh Palomo, Natrona, 7-2; Daniel Hammond, Cheyenne South, won sudden victory over Allen. Allen placed fifth.

152 -- Beau Batista, Riverton, pinned Kaleb O' Connor, Burns, 1:22; Batista major dec. JD Pittsley, Glenrock, 8-0; Willy Cogdill, Chadron, dec. Batista, 1-0; Batista pinned Jeremiah Bershinsky, Laramie, 2:12; Hunter Haman, Douglas, dec. Batista, 7-1. Batista placed fourth.

160 pounds -- Rudy Batista, Riverton, pinned Aaron Parker, Casper Natrona, 4:49; Batista pinned Logan Guidry, Cheyenne Central, 3:12; Batista pinned Benjamin Loya, Torrington, 1:11; Colby Riesen, Chadron High School, dec. Batista, 9-3.

170 pounds-- Brecken Biggs, Casper Natrona, tech fall over Chris Holcomb, Riverton, 16-1; Holcomb dec. Pierce Peasley, Wheatland, 6-2; Holcomb, pinned Ryan Jarvis, Torrington, 3:19; Jerry Looney, Laramie, pinned Holcomb, 4:12. Holcomb didn't place.

170 pounds -- T.J. Galey, Riverton, pinned Pierce Peasley, Wheatland, 2:24; Galey pinned Evan Ponce, Torrington, 3:18; Galey won in sudden victory over Logan Followell, Cheyenne Central; Dalton Burgener, Douglas, dec. Galey, 6-3; Brecken Biggs, Casper Natrona, won in sudden victory over Galey; Galey dec. Logan Followell, Cheyenne Central, 3-2. Galey placed fifth.

195 pounds -- Casey Savage, Riverton, pinned Kyle Karajanis, Cheyenne Central, 5:08; Tevis Bartlett, Cheyenne East, major dec. Savage, 11-2; Savage won tiebreaker over Jace Loyd, Wheatland, 4-3; Brendon MacKearney, Gillette, major dec. Savage, 11-2; Michael Newman, Torrington, pinned Savage, 2:57. Savage placed sixth.

220 pounds -- Greg Lensert, Casper Natrona, pinned Dawson Steeds, Riverton, 1:21; Steeds dec. Chance James, Laramie, 3-2; Steven Swainson, Cheyenne South, pinned Steeds, 3:55. Steeds didn't place.

220 pounds -- Riley Reichert, Riverton, pinned Garrett Liggett, Newcastle, 1:09; Taylor Yingling, Glenrock, pinned Reichert, 4:21; Reichert pinned Josh Calvert, Wheatland, 2:23; Dane Chambers, Sheridan, dec. Reichert, 7-5. Reichert did not place.

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