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½ Point Separates 7A Powers Thompson & Vestavia Hills Heading into Final Day

65th AHSAA State Wrestling Concludes Saturday

HUNTSVILLE – The AHSAA 65th State Wrestling Championships heads into Championship Saturday with only a half point separating the two most dominant Class 7A teams in the last decade.
   Defending Class 7A state champion Thompson posted  137-point total Friday and qualified seven wrestlers in the state finals. Vestavia Hills posted 136.5 points to trail the Warriors and qualified six wrestlers in Saturday’s finals.
    The close race in the large-school division will be decided most likely in four head-to-head finals Saturday. Meanwhile,  Gardendale piled up 160.5 points in Class 6A through Friday’s winner’s bracket semifinals and consolation division semifinals to build a 40-point lead over Benjamin Russell, which heads into the final day with 120.5 points. Oxford was third at 105.5 and defending champion McAdory had 100.
    Arab had an even bigger lead after Friday’s wrestling in Class 1A/5A. The Knights piled up 176.5 points with Jasper second with 107 – 60.5 points behind the leaders. Ranburne had 96.5 points for third and Alexandria was fourth with 80.
     Thompson and Vestavia will meet in the 106-pound finals as well as 126-pound, 152-pound and160-pound finals. Blaise Albarado (16-0) reached the 106-pound finals for the Warriors and will meet Zach Flurry (32-3) in the 106-pound finals. James Latona (46-5), who won the 113-pound title last year as a freshman, will meet the Rebels’ Bryant Segars (43-6) in the 126-pound championship match; Thompson’s Will Miller (45-4) faces Vestavia’s Chandler Merrill (27-8) t 152 pounds; and Thompson’s Ashunti Perry (29-9), who was the 170-pound state runner last season, faces Vestavia’s John Edwards (37-4) in the 160-pound finals.
    The Warriors also have Yanni Vines (47-4) in the 113-pound championship match, Emmanuel Oliver (37-4) in the 132-pound finals; and Michael Jackson (40-5) in the 195-pound finals.  The Rebels have Jack Lamey (33-12) in the 145-pound finals; and Sam Willoughby (36-5) is competing in the 170-pound championship match.
   Defending champions back in the finals include, in Class 7A: Spain Park 285-pounder Jaxon Bast (58-5); Class 6A: Oxford’s Jakob Chisolm (22-0), last year’s 145-pound champ, in the 138-pound finals; Yellow Jackets teammate Reed Hill (56-2), the state champ at 152 pounds in 2019, battling for the 160-pound title; and Wetumpka’s Mason Blackwell (62-2) in the 182-pound finals. He won at 170 pounds last year en route to a 72-2 finish. 
   In Class 1A/5A, Moody’s Cory Land (55-0), who finished 47-0 in 2019 to win the 106-pound title, is in the finals again but this time two classes higher at 120 pounds. Jaden New of Alexandria (51-0) won the 132-pound state championship over runner-up, Weaver’s Cody Souder (40-6), last season and the two wrestlers each bumped up two weight divisions this season and will battle again the 145-pound championship match.
    Land, who currently owns a 102-match winning streak, faces a formidable opponent William Walker if Satsuma in the 120-pound title match.  Walker is 55-1 on the season.
   The state finals in all three divisions get underway at the Von Braun Center at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, with the finals getting underway at 9 a.m.
All matches will be live-streamed over the subscriber-based NFHS Network by producer Track Wrestling.  
   The championship pairings for Saturday’s final day are listed below. Friday’s results through the semifinal matches in the winner’s bracket and consolation bracket competition can also be found at www.ahsaa.com.

AHSAA 65TH STATE
WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

at Von Braun Center, Huntsville
State Championship Matches (Saturday, 11:30 a.m.)


TEAM SCORING (after Friday’s matches)
CLASS 1A/5A
(Top 10 Leaders)

Arab                                    176.5
Jasper                                  107.0
Ranburne                               96.5
Alexandria                            80.0
Southside-Gadsden               79.0
Mortimer Jordan                   74.0
Moody                                   67.0
Corner                                   65.0
Ashville                                 63.0
Hayden                                  53.5

CLASS 6A
(Top 10 Leaders)

Gardendale                          160.5
Benjamin Russell                120.5
Oxford                                105.5
McAdory                             100.0
Wetumpka                             92.0
Spanish Fort                          85.5
Gulf Shores                           82.0
Helena                                   72.5
Fort Payne                             69.0
Chelsea                                  64.0

CLASS 7A
(Top 10 Leaders)

Thompson                           137.0
Vestavia Hills                     136.5
Huntsville                             79.0
Hoover                                  50.0
Mountain Brook                   42.0
Spain Park                             40.0
Hewitt-Trussville                  35.0
Oak Mountain                       34.0
Bob Jones                              32.5
Auburn                                  28.0

CLASS 1A/5A CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH PAIRINGS

106 Pounds: Cabe Dunn, Arab (50-1) vs. Hinds Duncan, Pike Road (42-3)
113 Pounds: Jacob Holland, Arab (54-1) vs. Trent Robertson, Susan Moore, (29-3)
120 Pounds: Cory Land, Moody (55-0) vs. William Walker, Satsuma (55-1)
126 Pounds: Evan Phillips, Hayden (52-3) vs. Zack Haynes, Tallassee (42-3)
132 Pounds: Ryan Summerlin, Moody (42-0) vs. Joshua Roe, Arab (42-17)
138 Pounds: Patrick Lawler, Arab (49-6) vs. Sebastian Oswalt, Mortimer Jordan (46-9)
145 Pounds: Cody Souder, Weaver (40-6) vs. Jaden New, Alexandria (51-0)
152 Pounds:  Preston Reed, Jasper (50-4) vs. Dathan Finley, Southside-Gadsden (49-17)
160 Pounds: Caleb Roe, Arab (58-5) vs. Jack Burt, Montgomery Catholic (43-2)
170 Pounds: Carnel Davis, Southside-Gadsden (56-11) vs. Tyler McDonald, Mortimer Jordan (58-7)
182 Pounds: Nicholas Brashear, Corner (53-1) vs. Sam Atchley, Arab (28-10)
195 Pounds: Dashton, Jasper (48-5) vs. Christian Smith, Ranburne (34-0)
220 Pounds: Cole Fuller, Corner (49-1) vs. Carson Hall, Ranburne (37-1)
285 Pounds: Brodie Vinson, Jasper (40-3) vs. Ben Buchanan, Ranburne (38-0)


CLASS 6A CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH PAIRINGS

106 Pounds: Sandlin Pike, Benjamin Russell (41-11) vs. Peter Henderson, McAdory (73-1)
113 Pounds: Isaiah Powe, Gardendale (49-2) vs. Tyrique Simms, Mae Jemison (48-7)
120 Pounds: Melton Powe, Gardendale (19-1) vs. Lincoln Bryant, Hartselle (41-9)
126 Pounds: Michael Moran, Helena (53-8) vs. Brody Scoggins, Gardendale (34-20)
132 Pounds: Gabe Warren, Spanish Fort (60-3) vs. Bryce Wanagat, Pelham (43-4)
138 Pounds: Jakob Chisolm, Oxford (22-0) vs. Donald Phillips, McAdory (73-9)
145 Pounds: Brandon Seawright, Minor (45-1) vs. Seth Branham, Pelham (25-7)
152 Pounds: Russ Boackle, Gardendale (46-7) vs. Chase Hicks, Oxford (52-8)
160 Pounds: Reed Hill, Oxford (56-2) vs. Jake Snow, Spanish Fort (60-3)
172 Pounds: Hezekiah Hunter, Benjamin Russell (59-7) vs. John Paul Uter, Gulf Shores (65-4)
182 Pounds: John-Mark Crocker, Homewood (25-3) vs. Mason Blackwell,  Wetumpka (62-2)
195 Pounds:  Drake Ewing, Gulf Shores (34-11) vs. Noah Bauer, Spanish Fort (58-4)
220 Pounds: Riley Kuhn, Fort Payne (32-3) v. Nathan Dunaway, Helena (45-0)
285 Pounds: Izziah Williams, Clay-Chalkville (44-6) vs. Michael Dawson, Opelika (50-0)

CLASS 7A CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH PAIRINGS

106 Pounds: Blaise Albarado, Thompson (16-0) vs. Zach Flurry, Vestavia Hills (32-3)
113 Pounds: Yanni Vines, Thompson (47-4) vs. John Robert Thompson, Spain Park (48-6)
120 Pounds: Nick Smith, Hoover (36-3) vs. Zander Fields, Huntsville (49-5)
126 Pounds: James Latona, Thompson (46-5) vs. Bryant Segars, Vestavia Hills (43-6)
132 Pounds: Emmanuel Oliver, Thompson (37-4) vs. Conner Cole, Huntsville (44-9)
138 Pounds: Gray Ortis, Mountain Brook (45-6) vs. Logan Reaves, Hewitt-Trussville (41-14)
145 Pounds: Zeke Smotherman, Huntsville (58-4) vs. Jack Lamey, Vestavia Hills (33-12)
 152 Pounds: Will Miller, Thompson (45-4) vs. Chandler Merrill, Vestavia Hills (27-8)
160 Pounds: Ashunti Perry, Thompson (29-9) vs. John Edwards, Vestavia Hills (37-4)
170 Pounds: Warren Hoyt, Grissom (46-1) vs. Sam Willoughby, Vestavia Hills (36-5)
182 Pounds: Dylan Pearson, Auburn (35-0) vs. J. T. Foster, Hoover (34-4)
195 Pounds: Michael Jackson, Thompson (40-5) vs. Stephen Cagle, Huntsville (51-2)
220 Pounds: Cole Batson, Huntsville (62-3) vs. Ryan Keepers, James Clemens (27-6)
285 Pounds: Thor Zogg, Tuscaloosa Co. (58-2) vs. Jaxon Bast, Spain Park (43-3)





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