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By Alex Kuhn
Sports Editor 

No. 2 Warriors take down No. 6 Douglas 39-32

 

January 26, 2018

DAILY NEWS/ Alex Kuhn

Warrior Anthony Estes fights off Bearcat Christian Coffman during Worland's dual against Douglas Thursday night at Hot Springs County High School.

THERMOPOLIS - The night before the Ron Thon the Worland Warriors picked up a momentum boost before heading into the largest wrestling tournament of the regular season. The Warriors, 3A's No. 2-ranked team according to wyowrestling.com, traveled to Thermopolis Thursday night to take on the No. 6-ranked Douglas Bearcats as part of the Bobcat Quad.

The early matches started slowly for the Warriors as they trailed the Bobcats 10-3. But 106-pound freshman Kein Anderson flipped the script in favor of his team by getting a pin in the third round of his match, after trailing 4-1.

After Anderson's victory, the Warriors scored the dual's next 27 points to take a commanding 30-10 lead as they eventually went on to win 39-32.

"Douglas is a very good dual team, they have some hammers in that group. That 195-pound match [Alex Beck] I knew was going to be a tough one and really it could have gone either way. After that match [285-pound Morgan] Tigner picked up the pace for us a little bit but I think the biggest momentum change was with our 106-pound freshman Kein Anderson.

"We always tell the guys to keep battling no matter where you're at, pins are important. Tonight [Thursday] was kind of like our dual with Cody but the difference for us tonight were the pins, that's how were able to win," said WHS wrestling coach Josh Garcia.

The Warriors have been dealing with injuries and sickness which kept some wrestlers out of Thursday night's dual but it also allowed for Garcia to give some JV wrestlers, like Cameron Cabaret and Anthony Estes, a shot at wrestling on the varsity stage.

"There weren't any JV matches and we had two opens there, so it was a good opportunity to put them in there and get some matches. They did a good job, they were a little bit green but it was good for them," said Garcia.

Today and tomorrow the Warriors will be in Riverton for the Ron Thon tournament. A total of 41 schools from classes 4A to 2A will be gunning for the top spots and bragging rights during the two-day contest at Riverton High School.

Thursday's dual win over Douglas will serve as a nice boost for the Warriors but more importantly, Garcia wants his wrestlers to keep to the basics.

"As far as Friday and Saturday go we need to do the little things better. On bottom we have to do a better job with hand control and on our feet if we have a scramble situation we want to win those situations. It's just little things like that, we're not looking to change up anything huge or go fancy, we're just going to focus on the little things. Our kids are wrestling well and we have to make sure that we push through this," said Garcia.

 
 

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