Riverton's Briggs wins in PowellDec 13, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor
Most high-school freshmen act like freshmen.
Not Ridge Briggs.
After completing a fabulous first year as a Wolverine wrestler last season as a frosh with a Class 3-A state championship belt in Casper after a 46-7 record, Briggs is back with a vengeance as a sophomore.
He began the quest for more glory in Powell on Friday and Saturday and emerged from battle with a victory in the 132-pound division.
Briggs has moved up from 113 pounds last season and apparently, his hunger and desire has grown proportionally to his frame.
After advancing to the quarterfinals, Briggs defeated Seth Orlandi of Sheridan with a fall at 3:42, then vanquished Cody's Fitzgerald with another fall at 1:10, which set up a showdown in the final against Wright's Yerardi at 2:34.
Another pair of Big Red grapplers made the finals in their respective weight divisions in Peyton Rees (145 pounds) and Dalten Leach (113).
However, both were defeated and settled for runner-up finishes.
As a team, Riverton was sixth in the field of 20 teams, with 142 points, behind winners and host Powell, who compiled 261.5, including a pair of individual champions.
The Wolverines will next compete in Worland on Thursday in a dual with the Warriors, then remain there for the Battle of the Big Horns on Friday and Saturday.
The Tigers boasted three champions in Brady Carey (106 pounds), Nathan Redman (126) and William Atnip (170), as Lander finished second in the team competition, with 200.5 points.
Lander will also compete in Worland this weekend.
The Cougars were 13th, with 58 points, as Owen McAdams reached the final in the 220-pound division before being defeated and settling for second, while teammate Kaiden Burk finished fifth in the 195-pound class and Kyle Laird lost to Shoshoni's James Knigge at 126 pounds.
Wind River will next wrestle at the Kemmerer Invitational on Friday.
Brooks Woody was the highest-ranked Wrangler at meet's end, with a fifth-place showing in the heavyweight division, having lost earlier in the quarterfinals, in addition to Knigge's victory over the Cougars' Laird in the 126-pound fifth-place contest.
The Wranglers finished 16th in the field, with 21.5 points.
Shoshoni will be in Worland this weekend.
The Rams' only placer at the event was Klayton Rose, who finished fifth in the 152-pound class, while Dubois was 17th with 16 points in the team standings.
Next for Dubois is the Kemmerer Invitational on Saturday.
The Chiefs also competed in Powell, but failed to register any points.