By Jill Richardson
Kuna Melba News reporter
Seventeen teams came to compete in the Magic Valley Classic wrestling tournament in Wendell on Jan. 11 and 12.
Melba took 11 wrestlers to tournament.
This is a prominent 2A wrestling tournament with state seeding implications.
Melba placed eight of eleven wrestlers in the top four of their respective weight class.
Loaded with wins, Melba won first place as a team with 180.5 points, Firth High School was second with 173 and Malad took third at 163.5 points.
Three individual champions came out of the tournament for Melba, Jared Johnshoy, 145, Troy Richardson, 182, and Blake Perry, 138.
Placing second in the tournament from Melba were Levi Perry, 132, Fabian Medrano, 195, and Riley Crossley, 285.
Cody Svedin brought home the third place spot at 113 pounds.
Jesse Blount won fourth in his weight class of 138 pounds.
“I think this is a pretty decent indicator of where we are and what we need to work on,” said Coach Ron Johnshoy. “If Declo would have been there, we could have had a better indicator for what to expect at state. We saw a lot of good stuff though and the guys are on track.”
Declo High School, defending 2A state champions, was not at the tournament.
Magic Valley Invitational presented Richardson, a senior at Melba, with several personal achievements.
Richardson reached the milestone of his one hundredth pin of his high school career at the tournament as well as being voted “Outstanding Wrestler” by the seventeen coaches in attendance.
“Most high school wrestlers aim for 100 wins in their high school career. Troy did that but he also did it by pinning his opponents,” said Richardson’s father, Jack Richardson Jr. “We are very proud of Troy.”
After finishing the tournament, Richardson now has 102 career pins and 124 career match wins.
Melba will host senior night at home on Tuesday, Jan. 22 verses Emmett as they continue to work toward their goal of state champions.
Melba has an impressive group of nine seniors to recognize on senior night.