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RHS wrestlers 3-1 at West 4-A duals
Riverton's Beau Batista, top, helped the Wolverines go 3-1 in conference duals on Saturday in Casper. Photo by Bruce Tippets

RHS wrestlers 3-1 at West 4-A duals; Wempen missed with injury

Jan 27, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Riverton High School battled its way to a 3-1 record on Saturday at the Class 4-A West conference wrestling duals in Casper.

The Wolverines hammered Rock Springs 52-22 and Green River 55-24.

RHS tied with Evanston 38-38, but won the match on a tie-breaking system known as "criteria." The Wolverines lost to Casper Kelly Walsh 38-35.

"I was really happy with what we did," RHS coach Jay Galey said.

"Going into the duals, I felt like we would wrestle well. Maybe the one disappointment was Kelly Walsh."

Riverton 132-pounder Ahren Wempen missed the duals with a knee injury, and Riverton forfeited at that weight.

Wempen injured the knee in his win over a Cody wrestler on Thursday night. Wempen is expected to be back in the lineup this weekend.

"Ahren didn't get to wrestle a single match on Saturday," Galey said.

"It kind of put us in a little jam. I felt that our guys responded really well."

RHS won six matches against the Evanston Red Devils.

"The Evanston dual should have never come down to the criteria," Galey said. "The criteria means that our team scored first more times than Evanston."

The highlight in the match with the Red Devils was Rudy Batista's 9-2 decision over Brayton Sanders of Evanston at 160 pounds.

Sanders beat Batista in the finals last year at the Class 4-A state tournament in Casper.

"Rudy just hammered the Sanders guy," Galey said. "Rudy is wrestling as well as anybody right now. He has a tremendous focus. He is just wrestling super good."

Gavin Wilson (120 pounds), Rudy Batista (160) and T.J. Galey went 4-0 for the Wolverines.

"The thing that I have been saying to those guys is go out and have fun, and put the pressure on the people that you are wrestling," Galey said.

The Natrona Mustangs rolled to a 4-0 record in the conference duals.

The Mustangs knocked off Rock Springs 45-24, Evanston 36-31 and Green River 48-23. Natrona edged Kelly Walsh 36-30 on Friday night.

"Natrona is super tough in the upper weights," Galey said.

RHS will wrestle at 6 p.m. Thursday against Laramie at Wolverine Gym. Gillette and Cheyenne Central will wrestle at the same time in a conference dual. The annual Ron Thon Invitational is Friday and Saturday at RHS.

"I think that there will be some pretty good wrestling taking place before the Ron Thon even starts," Galey said. "It will be good to get a match behind us."

Riverton results from conference

duals held Saturday in Casper

Casper Kelly Walsh 38, Riverton 35

113 pounds -- Kelly Walsh received forfeit.

132 pounds -- Kelly Walsh received forfeit.

120 pounds -- Riverton received forfeit.

145 pounds -- Riverton received forfeit.

160 pounds -- Riverton received forfeit.

170 pounds -- Riverton received forfeit.

106 pounds -- Austin Carson, Kelly Walsh, dec. Joey Ladd, 6-0.

126 pounds -- Adrian Sisneros, Kelly Walsh, pinned Michael Menzies, 1:00.

138 pounds -- Tanner Galey, Kelly Walsh, major dec. T.J. Turner, 14-5.

152 pounds -- Beau Batista, Riverton, tech fall Bryson Peel, 16-0.

182 pounds -- Conner Hendry, Kelley Walsh, major dec. Reece Prosser, 13-3.

195 pounds -- Casey Savage, dec. Josue Munoz, 3-2.

220 pounds -- Nate Obray, Kelly Walsh, pinned Riley Reichert 3:29.

Heavyweight -- Dawson Steeds, Riverton, dec. Kaleb Clark, 4-2.

Riverton 38, Evanston 38

(Riverton wins on criteria)

113 pounds -- Evanston received forfeit.

132 pounds -- Evanston received forfeit.

285 pounds -- Riverton received forfeit.

106 pounds -- Lane Barker, Evanston, dec. Joey Ladd, 10-6.

120 pounds -- Gavin Wilson, Riverton, pinned Tucker Lelannd, 2:49.

126 pounds -- Zach Guild, Evanston, pinned Michael Menzies, 3:40.

138 pounds -- Robby Roundy, Evanston, pinned T.J. Turner, 3:33.

145 pounds -- Batista Covola, Evanston, pinned Tyler Allen, 1:27.

152 pounds -- Kyler Wagstaff, Evanston, dec. Beau Batista, 3-2.

160 pounds -- Rudy Batista, Riverton, dec. Brayton Sanders, 9-2.

170 pounds -- T.J. Galey, Riverton, pinned Connor Martin, 1:30.

182 pounds -- Reece Prosser, Riverton, pinned Kaycee Miles, 2:39.

195 pounds -- Casey Savage, Riverton, pinned Sean Sowers, 3:21.

220 pounds -- Riley Reichert, Riverton, dec. Eric Sowers, 4-3.

Riverton 55, Green River 24

113 pounds -- Green River received forfeit.

132 pounds -- Green River received forfeit.

182 pounds -- Riverton received forfeit.

220 pounds -- Riverton received forfeit.

285 pounds -- Riverton received forfeit.

106 pounds -- Cole Verner, Green River, pinned Joey Ladd, 1:43.

120 pounds -- Gavin Wilson, Riverton, dec. Ben Nathan, 8-3.

126 pounds -- Casey Smith, Green River, pinned Michael Menzies, 1:23.

138 pounds -- T.J. Turner, Riverton, pinned Chase O' Melia, 1:55.

145 pounds -- Tyler Allen, Riverton, major dec. Senter Timmon, 13-0

152 pounds -- Beau Batista, Riverton, pinned Austin Walters 3:58.

160 pounds -- Rudy Batista, Riverton, pinned Shay McCurdy, 2:18.

170 pounds -- T.J. Galey, Riverton, pinned Taylor Mussard, 2:56.

195 pounds -- Casey Savage, Riverton, pinned Matthew Medina, 3:45.

Riverton 52, Rock Springs 22

113 pounds -- Rock Springs received forfeit.

132 pounds -- Rock Springs received forfeit.

285 pounds -- Riverton received forfeit.

106 pounds -- Marcus Chavez, Rock Springs, major dec. Joey Ladd, 11-2.

120 pounds -- Gavin Wilson, Riverton, pinned Tristen Maycock, 1:06.

126 pounds -- Dammon Forreingo, Rock Springs, pinned Michael Menzies, :30 seconds.

138 pounds -- Cody Frerics, Rock Springs, dec. T.J. Turner, 8-5.

145 pounds -- Tyler Allen, Riverton, major dec. Jonathan Jenkins, 10-2.

152 pounds -- Beau Batista, Riverton, pinned Laine Guynan, 1:39

160 pounds -- Rudy Batista, Riverton, pinned Flynt Heavin, 3:34.

170 pounds -- T.J. Galey, Riverton, pinned Brad Bell, 3:28.

182 pounds -- Reece Prosser, Riverton, pinned Jon Wemhorner, 5:51.

195 pounds -- James Sedey, Rock Springs, dec. Casey Savage, 6-3.

220 pounds -- Riley Reichert, Riverton, pinned Andrew Lee, 5:00.

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