By Greg Perkins
Competing at the Division IV sectional tournament held in Joseph City last Saturday, the Holbrook Road-runners met Coach John Bokker’s expectations, taking first as a team and sending 13 of 14 wrestlers to the Division IV state meet.
“We knew going in this was ours to win or lose,” said the coach.
“Sam Plumb wrestled well, he had the guy who won his class on his back the whole first period, but got caught on his back in the second. Theron (Johns) faced a tough Kyler Crosby from Joseph City, losing a close match in the finals. Levi McClellan wrestled tough, losing his only match in the semifinals on a controversial call. Caleb (McClellan) lost his match in the finals by one takedown.
“James (Ramirez) was the champion at 132. He stepped up and wrestled to his potential. Michael McMonigal lost his only match to the eventual champion. Jedde Bowman lost some hard fought matches in a tough weight class. Joseph Herrera went into the tournament as the sixth seed, but beat some tough opponents to make it to the finals in the 152 class before having to forfeit with an eye injury. James has really impressed me this year being a first year wrestler.
“Clayton Hunt finished third, losing by one point to the eventual champion. Kevin Self came to wrestle and showed his challengers how tough he is, losing only to the top wrestler in the 170 class. Nikko (Ferniza), Shem (Bowman) and CJ Plumb all dominated the competition and showed they are some of the top wrestlers in the state, walking away with their weight classes. At heavyweight Angel Aguilera came in with little var-sity experience, but a lot of fight. He won the heavyweight class, giving us yet another threat going into state.
“We know we have some tough competition at state, but we look forward to the challenge. I am proud of the guys and am expecting big things,” said Coach Bokker.
James Ramirez, Nikko Ferniza, Shem Bowman, CJ Plumb and Angel Aguilera all finished first. Theron Johns, Caleb McClellan and Joseph Herrera placed second. Sam Plumb, Michael McMonigal, Levi McClel-lan, Clayton Hunt and Kevin Self finished third. Each of these wrestlers will be in Prescott this weekend to compete in the Division IV State Tournament.
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By Greg Perkins