Dec 13, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRiverton High School wrestling coach Jay Galey says he's impressed with the contributions of his younger athletes so far this season.
The sophomores mentioned by Galey were Michael Menzies, Casey Savage, Hank Osborne, Riley Riechert, T.J. Turner, Ransom Barrett and Reece Prosser.
The underclassmen have been in the Evanston Invitational and were in dual tournament at Star Valley High School.
"I see the biggest difference right now in our sophomores," Galey said. "We have some sophomores that are really wrestling well. You can just see a big difference in the guys from last year to this year."
The sophomores range from the middle to upper weights.
"They are a lot more aggressive," Galey said. "They are a little more comfortable in what they are doing. It's fun to see that. They are headed in the right direction."
Rapid City results
The Wolverines sent seniors Dawson Steeds, Ahren Wempen, T.J. Galey, Beau and Rudy Batista to a Rapid City, S.D. Invitational last weekend.
It was the first time coach Galey has sent a group of wrestlers to Rapid City.
"It's hard to describe how tough it is. If you got into the round of 16, from that point on they were just tough kids," Galey said.
The tourney had North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming wrestlers in the double-elimination bracket.
"I don't care what state you are from. If you placed at the tournament, then you are a beast," Galey said.
The Wolverines started out the third week of the regular season Thursday night with a dual at Worland.
"It will be another rough weekend," coach Galey said.
The Wolverines are ranked No. 3 in the Wyoming wrestling poll in Class 4-A. Gillette is No. 1, and Cheyenne East is No. 2.
In Class 3-A, the Worland Warriors are ranked No. 4. Star Valley was voted into in the top spot in 3-A. Douglas is second and Powell ranks No. 3.
"Worland is tough from top to bottom," Galey said. "I don't know how healthy we are going to be, and I don't know how healthy Worland is going to be," Galey said. "If we were at full speed, then I think that it will be an outstanding dual. We are fighting some sickness right now, and some injuries."
The lineup for the Wolverines will be Joey Ladd in the 106-pound weight class. RHS will be open at 113 pounds.
Gavin Wilson is in the 120-pound dual, and Osborne will be at 126 pounds.
The rest of Riverton's lineup includes Turner (138 pounds), Tyler Allen (145), Beau Batista (152), Rudy Batista (160), T.J. Galey (170), Prosser (182), Savage (195), Jacob Flesher or Reichert at 220 pounds, and Steeds at heavyweight.
"Beau is fighting some injury stuff right now," Galey said.
The Wolverines will compete Friday and Saturday in a dual tournament in Worland.
RHS will wrestle Rock Springs, Billings Skyview, Mont., Lyman and Rawlins in pool matches.
"They have added the Billings schools to make it really tough," coach Galey said.
The top wrestlers in each weight class will advance to be in the "Best of the Best" finals after the pool matches Saturday afternoon.
"I'm going to be disappointed if we don't have some wrestlers in the finals," Galey said.
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