Buchanan takes home second place trophy, Clovis third at Doc Buchanan Invitational

Buchanan takes home second place trophy, Clovis third at Doc Buchanan Invitational

January, 15th, 2016

By Daniel Leon, 

When the 39th annual Doc Buchanan Invitational came to an end Saturday night, a pair of Clovis schools finished in the Top 3 with Buchanan finishing in second with 212 points and tournament host Clovis coming in at third with 163 points.

New Jersey’s Bergen Catholic – the No. 2 team in the country according to flowrestling.org – took home the first place trophy with 224 points.

The Bears had four wrestlers in the finals with Durbin Lloren (132) and Anthony Montalvo (182) taking home gold while Matthew Olguin (106) and Greg Gaxiola (152) finished as runner-ups their respective weight classes.

“We had some ups and downs,” said Buchanan head coach Troy Tirapelle about the overall performance of his team. “We were in striking distance and we could’ve had a couple more things [go our way] but we need to make our own luck. We faltered a little bit in a couple spots, and that’s why you get second. But we did all right overall, there’s just a few more things to clean up before the end of the year when it matters.”

Lloren controlled the pace for most of the match, beating Gilroy’s Alex Felix in the 3-1 decision while Montalvo wore down his opponent using his upbeat offensive approach for the 3-0 win.

“I like to go out there and get aggressive,” Montalvo said. “I like to push the pace, but it’s not just me, that’s the way Buchanan wrestling is. Our coaches engrave it in our head to just get after it, so that’s just the style I like to portray.”

The third-place Cougars had a pair of tournament champions in 195-pounder Josh Hokit and heavyweight Seth Nevills. AJ Nevills also appeared in the finals for the Cougars, but fell 6-4 to finish as a runner-up to Cohlton Schultz of Ponderosa (Colorado) in the 220-pound division.

After being down early, Hokit (No. 1 seed) battled back to tie the match at three points apiece and took down Bergen Catholic’s Kevin Mulligan (No. 2 seed) in the sudden death overtime period to win 5-3. Hokit also took home the most outstanding wrestler award for the upper weight classes.

Seth Nevills, last year’s state champion in the 220 pound weight class, didn’t allow a single point and nearly recorded a pin in his 4-0 win over Frontier’s Jarrod Snyder. Coming in, Nevills noticed Snyder had the size advantage over him, so he relied on his technique to break down the Frontier heavyweight.

“[Snyder] was taller and seemed bigger,” Nevills said. “I probably weighed less than him but I just know I’m really good on top and that’s where I tried to get him.”

The third place finish snaps the Cougars’ streak of six straight Doc Buchanan Invitational titles.

“We had a few setbacks,” Clovis head coach Steve Tirapelle said. “A third place finish is not bad but it’s not what we’re trying to get. We need to work on some things but we’re not that far out of it.” Article By Daniel Leon, Clovis Roundup.