By Jill Richardson
At the state wrestling championship at Holt Arena in Pocatello last weekend, Melba’s Coach Johnshoy was named 2A Coach of the Year. Voted on by Johnshoy’s wrestling peers in wrestling, he was honored for his years of dedication and hard work building the wrestling program in Melba.
“I felt really honored to receive this award,” said Johnshoy. “It shows that my peers respect me and they feel that I am running a good program here at Melba.”
District 3 has not won a 2A state title since 1990. The Melba wrestling team finished the year runner up at the 2013 State Wrestling tournament in Pocatello.
“This is the closest we have come,” said Johnshoy. “We went down and had some great performances. With only having nine guys, we didn’t have much wiggle room. We came home in second place with only 20 points behind.”
Johnshoy has been coaching for 22 years overall, been a head coach for 15 and for the last 11 years he has been at Melba building the Mustang’s program.
This year also marks the last year he will be coaching any of his own record making sons in high school wrestling. Jared, his youngest, graduates high school and heads off to wrestle for BSU this year.