The Winslow Bulldogs and the Holbrook Roadrunners have each won nine Doc Wright Invitational Wrestling Meet titles in the 38 years prior to last week’s meet. They are the only 3A or lower classification schools to win the event.
Winslow won the inaugural tournament in 1965 and four times in the first five years. The Bulldogs claimed the title in 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1985. Holbrook’s first title came in 1966 and its last in 1992, the last time the title was captured by a team under 4A in classification.
Mesa schools (all 5A) have seven titles between them (three for Mesa, two for Mountain View and one each for Red Mountain and Dobson).
Sandia, New Mexico won two titles early (1970 and 1972) and Manzana claimed an early title (1971). Gallup won the title in 1973. The only other out of state title went to Barstow, California in 1995.
Page and Coconino (both 4A schools) each own two titles. Goldwater and Gilbert (5A schools) each own one title. Gilbert was the defending champion going into last week’s action.
Winslow has had 15 wrestlers named as “Outstanding Wrestler” during various tournaments. Mike Garner received this honor twice, in 1984 and 1986. Holbrook had two athletes who were named “Outstanding Wrestler” on two occasions. They were Tommy Romo in 1975 and 1976 and David Knudsen in 1991 and 1992.
Mike Peart was the first Winslow wrestler to receive this honor in 1965, the first year the tournament was held. Patrick Lomeli received the honor in 1976. Other Winslow wrestlers so honored included Donald Summersgill and Victor Martinez in 1978; Craig Freeman in 1979; Henry Marquez, Herbert Gray and Roger Seymour in 1981; Ricky Sedillo in 1983; Mike Garner in 1984 and again in 1986; John Breeze in 1985; Brett Stewart and present day Winslow High wrestling coach Tom Breeze in 1988 and Adam Larsen in 1995.