By Greg Perkins
Holbrook’s wrestling squad had an efficient week on the mats, splitting two duals at the Chino Valley multiple last Wednesday, then picking up four wins against two losses at the Show Low Dual Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
Action on Wednesday saw the Roadrunners drop a match with Show Low by a final of 36-42, then bounce back with a 45-35 win over Chino Valley.
Individual wrestlers winning both their matches for the Roadrunners were Theron Johns, James Ramirez, Clayton Hunt, Nikko Ferniza, Shem Bowman and CJ Plumb. Those earning splits were Sam Plumb, Dominic Spencer, Jedde Bowman and Angel Aguilera. Unable to win in either match were Jared Todacheenie, Noah Barela, Shane McGraw and Christian Young.
The Roadrunners faced six other teams at the Show Low Invitational. As a team they picked up wins over River Valley, 71-12; Morenci, 42-34; Santa Cruz, 66-12; and Winslow, 45-36. They battled to a 39-39 tie with St. Johns, then lost the match on the ninth tiebreaker. They suffered their only other loss to Round Valley, 38-33.
Over the course of the weekend, including the dual and individual portions of the meet; Sam Plum went 3-5; Dominick Spencer, 3-5; Theron Johns, 8-1; James Ramirez, 9-0 with no forfeits; Jared Todacheenie, 1-6; Noah Barela, 1-6; Shane McGraw, 2-5; Jedde Bowman, 2-5; Clayton Hunt, 7-2; Christian Young, 2-5; Nikko Ferniza, 9-0; Shem Bowman, 9-0; CJ Plumb, 8-1; and Angel Aguilera, 5-4. The only wrestler who won 9 matches without receiving at least one forfeit was James Ramirez.
“As a team we took fifth. Our two losses were by narrow margins. We lost to the eventual champion, St. Johns, by the ninth criteria for tiebreakers. Those close losses were definitely heart breakers for us,” said Holbrook Coach John Bokker.
“Individually, we had four champions. Theron Johns, James Ramirez, Shem Bowman and Nikko Ferniza all took first in the individual tournament. Clayton Hunt and CJ Plumb took second. Angel Aguilera took fourth.
“There was some amazing wrestling. I am very proud of our guys for how hard they worked. There is still plenty of room for improvement. After Christmas we will be tough as nails.”
The Roadrunners will host their own multiple tonight (Dec. 18), then will have some considerable time off before returning to the mats on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Show Low Multiple meet.
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By Greg Perkins