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Scoring error changes 4-A mat results; Riverton didn't win

Feb 19, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

After the point audit, Casper Natrona was declared the tournament champion.

In a reversal of the results announced Saturday, Casper Natrona has been named the winner of the Class 4-A West wrestling regional title instead of Riverton High School.

The Riverton Wolverines left Wolverine Gym Saturday afternoon thinking they had won the crown by a single point over Natrona, 199-198.

But that changed after Wyoming High School associate commissioner Trevor Wilson checked the regional results Saturday night.

Wilson said a scoring error was detected in the 170-pound class of the Class 4-A regional involving a match when two Natrona wrestlers faced each other.

"There were two Casper Natrona wrestlers going for third and fourth at 170 pounds," Wilson said. "I wanted to make sure that they were put on the right side of the bracket. I just happened to check that they had it as a decision," but no points had been awarded to the winner.

Wilson said that when two wrestlers go against each other from the same school, it's an automatic two points for the winner under the tournament scoring format, regardless of the specific match score. When the two points were added to Natrona's score, it was enough to make the difference in the team standings.

After seeing the computer mistake, Wilson called Riverton High School assistant activities director Tim Bell and told him about the situation.

"I knew that we had an issue because the team scoring was only one point -- 200 points to 199," Wilson said. "That was disappointing for everybody."

Wilson went through the entire tournament scoring after making the phone call.

"We found a few other errors," Wilson said. "There were a couple of other Natrona wrestlers, a few Green River kids and an Evanston wrestler."

After all the scoring had been reviewed, Casper Natrona had won the title scoring 203 points in the two-day tournament at Wolverine Gym.

RHS finished second with 199 points. Evanston was third (177.5 points), Green River fourth (154.5), Casper Kelly Walsh (151) and Rock Springs (87).

Wilson called RHS wrestling coach Jay Galey about the situation on Sunday morning.

"The bottom line is that we got it right," Wilson said. "I feel bad for everybody, especially the Riverton kids. It's just kind of unlucky or lucky that we found it. Coach Galey is nothing but a class act. I have nothing but respect for him. We have had it happen on occasion at the state tournament."

Galey first found out about the news late Saturday.

"We didn't get ripped off or anything like that," Galey said. "It's the right thing. It was as fair as it can be. We can live with that."

Natrona wrestling coach Scott Russell found out the Mustangs had won regionals Sunday morning.

"I believe that Riverton had a great tournament," Russell said. "We had a strong day on Saturday. We knew we had to wrestle hard and be aggressive to compete with the depth of Riverton and Evanston. I was happy we won and proud of the way we wrestled."

Trackwrestling

Wilson said trackwrestling.com is a new system the state has gone with to keep score.

"It's more fan friendly," Wilson said. "The scoring is the same. The computer system is different. Trackwrestling has been become popular in our state. It helps the parents that can't get to the event to see the results."

The state tournament is Friday and Saturday at the Casper Events Center.

"We have talked about our guys about overcoming adversity and things like that all the time," Galey said.

"I told them after the tournament that they have done a super job."

Early round state matches and the semifinals will be Friday night.

The consolation matches and the championship finals are Saturday.

"If I told them that if it bothers them that much, then they need to go down to Casper and do something about it," Galey said."

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