By Jill Richardson
Thank goodness that Pocatello is within driving distance because had they flown, Melba wrestlers and their coach would have been overloaded on the return trip with their numerous trophies.
This year’s “Dream Team” has left its mark on Melba wrestling winning numerous state titles from the 2013 State Wrestling Tournament at Holt Arena in Pocatello. They also broke state 2A and Melba High School records.
Out of nine wrestlers, seven placed. Four wrestlers return home as state title winners, Freshman Levi Perry, 132 pounds; four time state champ, Senior Jared Johnshoy, 145 pounds; two time state champ Senior Troy Richardson, 182 pounds; and Senior Riley Crossley, 285 pounds. Also from Melba were Senior Blake Perry, 138 pounds, placing third; Senior Fabian Medrano, 195 pounds, placing fifth; and Freshman Cody Svedin, 113 pounds, placing sixth.
Melba placed second overall in 2A division as a team narrowly losing to Declo, only 20 points ahead. Malad finished third place, fourteen points behind Melba.
“Having four state champions is great,” said Melba coach Ron Johnshoy. “I don’t know if any other teams in the state came home with four state champs, but we are the only ones from 2A division to do it. We had great final rounds.”
Jared Johnshoy made wrestling history by becoming the seventeenth person in Idaho and only the fourth wrestler in the 2A division to win four consecutive state titles in the 46 years of the IHSAA.
“It was fun wrestling for the fourth state title,” said Jared. “I am so proud of the guys. It is cool how we also have four state champs as well.”
Jared also broke his older brother Kyle’s high school career takedown record by more than 20, ending his career with 168 takedowns. Until Jared’s impressive year, his brother Kyle was the only member of the 150 Career Win Club created by Coach Johnshoy. This year both Jared and teammate Troy Richardson were named to this exclusive club.
Seniors Blake Perry and Riley Crossley finished their careers in the 100 Career Win Club.
Troy Richardson also set some records of his own in this last season. Troy beat his own school record of 34 pins and finished this year with 36 season pins. He also broke the school record for best season record with 47-1. He also set the school record for 123 career pins. On the state level, Richardson broke the 2A state record pinning Valley High’s Anthony Benavidez in his first match at state, in seven seconds. The previous record was 8 seconds.
“It is awesome to achieve goals and to break records,” said Richardson. “That is what they are there for. It is nice to end on top. I have had a really great career. I’m very fortunate.”
Richardson’s final match went all three rounds in a very close and stressful 3-2 decision against Ririe’s Kaleb Nelson.
“That kid was good,” said Richardson. “It was a brawl.”