Green River Star -

By Jack H. Smith
Staff Writer 

Thoman tourney starts Friday


Jack H. Smith

Green River senior Cole Verner placed first last weekend the Tournament of Champions in Vernal, Utah. Verner and his teammates will compete starting Friday at the annual Bill Thoman Memorial Wrestling Tournament. The tournament will feature 15 schools from four states.

This weekend, local fans will get a chance to see some amazing wrestling when 14 teams from four states join host Green River High School at the annual Bill Thoman Memorial Wrestling Tournament.

The two-day tournament will feature four pools of teams. Pool "A" will include Green River, Lander, Cheyenne South and Moffat County, Colo.

The Wolves will open Friday at 1 p.m. against Moffat County in the main gym at the high school. Green River will wrestle Cheyenne South at 2:45 p.m. and Lander at 4:30 p.m.

After the first three rounds, the teams will move into bracketed competition with round four slated for 6:15 p.m.

The bracket will continue Saturday with round five slated for 9 a.m., round six at 10:45 a.m., and the final round of bracketed competition at 12:30 p.m.

The top two wrestlers from each weight class will compete in the "Best of the Best" round at 2:30 p.m.

After a fifth-place finish last week at the Tournament of Champions in Vernal, Green River head coach Marshall Rhodes said many of the Green River wrestlers are just going through the motions in practice and that needs to change if they want to win a state championship.

"I look forward to the next couple of weeks of improvement. We have the goal of winning a state championship but realize we have to make great improvement the next few weeks," Rhodes said. "We need to compete at a higher level, our leaders need to step up and do their job, and everyone needs to fix mistakes and get in better shape. We have seven duals coming up this weekend, two duals next week, and a tough tournament next weekend in Idaho Falls, we will need to fix mistakes and get better."


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