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Riverton to host big USA wrestling tournament

Apr 12, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Riverton USA wrestling club hosts the two-day Rumble at the Rendezvous tournament Saturday and Sunday at Wolverine Gym.

Wrestlers compete Saturday in the folkstyle tournament. Sunday is used for the freestyle brackets.

Action starts at 9 a.m. both days. Admission for the tournament is $2.

"It should be a really good one this weekend," Riverton coach Jake Briggs said. "This weekend, Riverton will be the biggest tournament on the schedule. It will be one of the larger ones of the season."

The Riverton tournament is the final event of the regular season.

"This close to the state tournament, everybody is wanting to see who they wrestle next weekend," Briggs said. "The majority of the clubs are bringing the bulk of their wrestlers to this tournament.

Tournament officials are expecting 300 wrestlers for the folkstyle tournament on Saturday.

The freestyle division will have 200 athletes in the field.

The different brackets are 6-and-under, bantam, intermediate, novice, schoolboy, cadets and juniors.

The format will be a double-elimination bracket.

"The biggest brackets will probably be the intermediate 70-pound ones, your pee wees and novice 75-80 pounds," Briggs said. "The pee wees are not allowed to wrestle at state."

Team standings will be kept.

The teams will have to provide a roster because you are only allowed to score so many kids," Briggs said. "You dozen highest placers will go on the team roster."

Green River, Casper, Rock Springs and Riverton are expected to be fighting it out for the team trophies.

"The way we have done this year, we will probably be in the top three or four teams," Briggs said. "There are some powerhouse teams coming. There will be some good teams here. We should be in the top of it for sure."

Folkstyle is the standard wrestling people see in the United States.

"That is what you see at the high school and college level," Briggs said.

Briggs said freestyle is an Olympic style of wrestling.

"I would say that folkstyle is the more popular one because that is what everybody is going to wrestle in high school and college."
 

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