Jan 22, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorSeveral other Riverton wrestlers challenged for the top spot in their weight classes.
Rudy Batista was in the victory column for the Riverton High School wrestling team Saturday, winning the 170-pound title at the annual Thoman Dual Tournament in Green River.
Batista won all of his early matches by pins to advance to the "Best of the Best" match. Best of the Best consists of the top two wrestlers in each class from the dual team scores. Batista went 8-0 in tournament, finishing with a pin against a Cheyenne South wrestler.
"Rudy is just super solid right now," RHS head coach Jay Galey said. "He is wrestling in great position. He is putting pressure on the guys that he is wrestling. He is dominating the people that he is wrestling."
Savage in finals
Casey Savage also represented the Riverton Wolverines in the finals at 195 pounds. Worland's Colby Wartman won the title by a couple of points against Savage.
"Casey wrestled a great match in the finals," Galey said.
Savage, a sophomore, has quickly turned into one of the top wrestlers in the 195-pound class.
"Casey is getting better and better," Galey said. "Casey is pretty young. My expectations is he will just keep on getting better until the end of the year."
"We had a bunch of guys that wrestled really well," Galey said.
Riverton's Beau Batista posted a 5-2 mark at 152 pounds. Batista missed some time in December with a shoulder injury, but Galey said Batista is back on track.
"Beau is pretty tough minded," Galey said.
"He isn't going to be 100 percent the rest of the year. He knows that, but it's not going to affect what he does and how he wrestles."
Gavin Wilson recorded a 6-1 mark in the 120-pound class.
"Gavin responded after that loss and came back to wrestle really well," Galey said.
T.J. Galey went 6-1 at 170 pounds. Galey dropped a tight decision to Cheyenne Central's Logan Followell in the first match of the weekend, then went on to win six straight matches. Galey is now 2-1 on the season against Followell.
"I felt T.J. wrestled the best he has all year," Coach Galey said.
The Wolverines tied for second in the dual part of the tournament and lost out on a tiebreaker to finish fourth.
"They had a non-traditional tie-breaker," Galey said.
"That shoved us from second to fourth."
Riverton's dual wins were over Cheyenne Central (38-28), Moffat County, Craig Colo. (59-18), Kelly Walsh (50-24) and Douglas (51-25).
The Wolverines lost to Uintah, Utah, twice by scores of 38-27 and 42-18.
RHS dropped a 42-34 decision to Scottsbluff, Neb.
Uintah won the team title. Douglas placed second, and Scottsbluff was third.
"The first time we wrestled Uintah a little bit better than we did the second time," Galey said. "They did some things a little bit different with their lineup. Uintah has about 40 guys that they are hauling. They caused us some match-up problems."
Douglas is the No. 1 ranked team in Class 3-A. RHS is No. 3 in 4-A.
"We just crushed Douglas," Galey said. "We got after them pretty good after the Uintah loss. I think that they came out and wrestled with a little more urgency against Douglas."
After being on the road for the entire season, the Wolverines will have their home opener at 5 p.m Friday against Cody at the Tonkin Activities Center.
"We want our guys to be a little more consistent," Galey said. "It's getting to be a little late in the season. I think that we are headed in the right direction."
The junior varsity wrestlers will start the match at 4 p.m.
"We have a tough week coming up," Galey said. "We have to stay focused on that."
The Wolverines will compete in the conference duals Saturday in Casper.
Best of the Best winners from Thoman Dual tournament
106 pounds -- Cruz Delacruz, Worland.
113 pounds -- Keegan Hessler, Scottsbluff, Neb.
120 pounds -- Oscar Ruelas, Rifle, Colo.
126 pounds -- Justin Lewton, Worland.
132 pounds -- Colton Adams, Scottsbluff, Neb.
138 pounds -- Colten Havens, Uintah, Utah.
145 pounds -- Jacob Miller, Lander Valley High School.
152 pounds -- Matthew Pounds, Worland.
160 pounds -- Rudy Batista, Riverton.
170 pounds -- Logan Followell, Cheyenne Central.
182 pounds -- Jason Hason, Lander.
195 pounds - Colby Wartman, Worland.
220 pounds -- Dalton Smith, Douglas.
285 pounds -- Cole Mair, Uintah, Utah.
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