by nathan oster
Greybull-Riverside saw some new competition Saturday at the Wright Christmas Dual Wrestling Invitational.
For the first time this season, the Buffs faced a field of teams from the eastern side of the state. Moorcroft, the reigning 2A champion and favorite to win it all again, didn’t send its varsity squad, instead opting to send a team of junior varsity grapplers.
It was that team that lined up opposite the Buffs in the finale. G-R got the better of the young Wolves in that one, winning 45-24 to clinch fifth place. Shoshoni, which went 4-0 in pool wrestling, beat Wright for the title.
Finishing in third was Natrona JV, followed in fourth by Douglas JV.
The Buffs went 2-2 in pool wrestling, beating Southeast 54-12 and Lusk 37-24 while falling to Natrona JV 36-30 and Wright 40-36.
G-R will return to action after the holiday break with a Jan. 9 dual against Thermopolis. The dual will double as the team’s home opener. Action is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at Buff Gym.