By Greg Perkins–
Competing against 37 other teams at the Doc Wright Invitational wrestling meet last weekend, the Holbrook Roadrunners finished in 13th position with 104 team points. St. Johns won the large meet, scoring 268. Mesa was second with 170.5 and Bayfield, Colo., placed third with 156.5.
Holbrook’s highest individual finisher was RJ Alvarado, who placed third in the 132-pound class by posting a 6-1 record. Alvarado lost to JoJo Anaya from Mesa in the first round of bracket action.
James Self placed fourth in the 170-pound class. Self posted a 5-2 record before losing to Joe Swaine from Dobson in the third place match.
Freshmen Theron Johns placed sixth with a 5-3 record in the 106-pound class. Johns lost a 14-7 decision to Stockton Heiner of Chino Valley in the fifth place match.
Shem Bowman also placed sixth, falling to Justin McCray of Snowflake in the fifth place match of the 182-pound division.
Wrestlers who competed for Holbrook, but did not place, included Nikko Ferniza and Reuben Kee, who each went 2-2; Caleb McClellan, Daniel Foster, Michael McMonigal, Drew Shumway and Clayton Hunt, who all went 1-2; and Shawn Gillespie, Ronald Justman and Mathew Gishi, who all went 0-2.
“There was some tough competition this year. Theron had to wrestle a tough Bayfield, Colo., wrestler twice. RJ lost in the first round to a kid from Mesa. It was a very close match that was greatly affected by blood timeouts. James wrestled well for us, placing fourth. He was seated eighth and ended up in fourth place. Shem lost a close one to Austin Guan from Flagstaff for third and fourth, then lost another close one by a 3-2 score to Justin McCray from Snowflake to finish sixth,” said Coach John Bokker.
“Overall, we should have done much better than we did. If we could wrestle the way I know we are capable of, we would have finished much higher.”