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Good results in Lander for Riverton USA wrestlers

Good results in Lander for Riverton USA wrestlers

Mar 20, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Coach Jake Briggs called the performance by the Riverton USA wrestling club Saturday "dominating" in Lander.

Riverton won 21 brackets during the Tiger Tough Folkstyle Tournament at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.

Pinedale, Powell, Lander and Rawlins were the other teams in the USA wrestling tournament.

No team scores were kept from the officials.

The wrestlers did a round-robin format with the opponents in the weight brackets.

"They did a super job in Lander," Briggs said. "It wasn't a huge tournament. It was mostly local kids from the area. It was just a good small tournament. It was an ego booster for our kids."

Briggs said most of the brackets had anywhere from three to six wrestlers.

The lightest weight class is 32-36 pounds in the pee wee division.

The oldest division is for high school-aged wrestlers.

The Riverton club has around 100 wrestlers signed up this year.

"The main thing is to get the kids some mat time and more than anything just to have some fun," Briggs said.

Briggs is not surprised with all the young wrestlers in the club.

The youngest wrestlers are 5 years old.

"We have done a lot of fundraising in the community," Briggs said. "A lot them want to start at a young age."

Riverton holds practice on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Tonkin Activities Center.

"With the little guys, we are just working on fundamentals," Briggs said. "A takedown, a pinning combination, and an escape."

This weekend, Riverton competes in tournaments in Bridger Valley and Casper.

"The majority of the team will go to Bridger Valley," Briggs said. "All the tournaments are for all ages."

Riverton wrestlers will be in a tournament every weekend, except for Easter weekend, for a couple of months.

The season started last month.

Riverton will host its USA wrestling tournament April 13-14.

"Our meet should be big," Briggs said. "We have the only tournament in the state that weekend."

Briggs is expecting about 500 wrestlers for the two-day event at Wolverine Gym.

"The more people that show up and help, the better," Briggs said.

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