Gamer of the Week

Brandon Holt is Gamer of the Week

By Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s male Gamer of the Week to junior Brandon Holt of St. Albans High School.

Last week the Red Dragons wrestling team competed in the WSAZ Invitational in Huntington, West Virginia and had an impressive showing as they placed fifth overall and second out of the competing AAA teams. One standout wrestler for the Red Dragons was junior Brandon Holt. A state champion in the 106 lbs. division last season, Holt finished first overall competing in the 113 lbs. division.  He went undefeated and beat Blake Whorton from East Fairmont 4-0 in the championship match. Holt is 26-4 on the year and is preparing for the upcoming MSAC tournament and state championship.

When Brandon was asked what inspires him he responded, ‘‘Trying to get better after every match. I’ve realized after competing in the nationally ranked Powerade and Top Gun tournaments, I needed to improve on my feet. My coaches do a great job because they help us break down our moves and how to counter to get out situations that could cost us a match.’’ When Brandon was asked about what motivates him he responded, ‘’repeating as a state champion is my main goal this year. I was lucky to train with one of my good friends Josh Humphries and his father. Josh moved to Parkersburg after winning states last year, but I give credit to both he and his father for the success I’ve had so far.’’

St. Albans had recent success as last year they had two members win state championship. Brandon Holt is the lone returner for the Dragons. The Dragons boast a number of good wrestlers that could have a good showing at MSAC’s and in the state tournament. Holt hopes to lead by example but credits the team’s success to the coaching staff made up of head coach Darren Gilfilen, Robbie Ripley a previous state champion at Nitro High School, JT Hartley, and Chris Casto. When asked about how the coaching staff has helped the team he replied, ‘’it’s always great when the coaches can wrestle with you and show you what they are coaching. Coach Ripley will frequently wrestle with us and I believe the work ethic they have towards us reflects to how we perform on the mat.’’ The Red Dragons are primed to finish strong and leave it all on the mat by season’s end. 

Brandon currently has an intimidating 4.5 GPA and is the son of Gene and Kelly Holt. Holt says he would like to continue wrestling in college while studying engineering, and would like to serve his country in the Army after college.

Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Male Gamer of the Week Sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald.

Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Teays Physical Therapy Center and assists with the Potential Plus Program.