When teams compete in the 36th annual Doc Buchanan Invitational, it’s usually considered to be the ultimate measuring stick for wrestlers to see how they fare against the state’s top notch competition.
Fresh off a fourth place finish in the Coast Classic Invitational in Aptos, the Madera Coyote wrestling team will be one of those programs competing in the prestigious twoday tournament at Clovis High today starting at 9 a.m.
Named after long-time retired Clovis Unified superintendent Doc Buchanan, the tournament is an open invitational which draws a number of the best wrestling programs in the section and state. The winner of the 32-man bracket in each weight class receives a coveted cowboy hat presented by Buchanan himself at the winner’s podium.
“We’re going there for the experience to get us ready for the postseason,” Madera head coach Joe Romine said. “It’s the toughest tournament in the state and the toughest one we will go to this year, so I would like to see some guys place but it’s going to be tough to get that cowboy hat with all of that competition there.” ...