Dec 232011

By Greg Perkins–

Holbrook’s wrestling team claimed first place at the rescheduled Pat Kenny Invitational last weekend in their final action before resuming their season on Jan. 6. As a team, Holbrook won the nine-team meet with 200 points. Round Valley finished second with 141, followed closely by Winslow with 140.

Four Roadrunners won their individual weight classes, including RJ Alvarado, who went 5-0 with five pins; Drew Shumway, 4-0; Shem Bowman, 4-0; and Caleb McClellan, 3-0.

Theron Johns placed second with a 2-1 record. Kevin Self was second going 1-1. James Self also finished second with a 3-1 mark.

Placing third in their respective weight classes were Michael McMonigal, 4-1; Lanny Newton-Pender, 1-2; Nikko Ferniza, 2-2; Reuben Kee, 4-1; and Mathew Gishi, 2-3.

Shawn Gillespie finished fourth with a 1-3 mark.

Drew Shumway and Shem Bowman were named Outstanding Wrestler for their weight classes.

“We saw some great wrestling on Saturday. RJ had an outstanding day. He pinned every one of his opponents in under three minutes, including former state champion Bryce Crosby from Joseph City.  RJ currently has 22 pins this season and is on pace for the state record,” said Coach John Bokker.

“Drew Shumway  avenged his loss from earlier in the year  to Josh Burt of Joseph City and walked away with the outstanding wrestler award. Shem Bowman showed heart and won a tough match in the final seconds to clinch the 170-lb. weight class and also earned outstanding wrestler.  Caleb McClellan did an excellent job at 113, winning a tight match with Brandon Armstrong from Alchesay.

“James Self and Reuben Kee each lost close matches to tough opponents. They are both having amazing seasons at the halfway point.  Michael McMonigal is coming on strong. Theron Johns currently has 19 pins as a freshman.

“Shawn Gillespie, Nikko Ferniza, Lanny Newton-Pender, Kevin Self and Mathew Gishi all continue to work hard.

“I am expecting big things from these talented wrestlers. Our next competition is not until Jan. 6. This will give us some time to get healthy and work on our weaknesses,” said Coach Bokker.