Monday, December 09, 2019






Arab, Oxford, Thompson Lead Wrestling Divisions Heading into Final Day of 63rd AHSAA State Meet

     HUNTSVILLE – Defending Class 1A/5A state champion Arab totaled 148.5 points after Friday’s competition and holds a slim 21-point lead over Scottsboro heading into Saturday’s final round of the 63rd AHSAA State Wrestling Championships at Von Braun Center.
    Defending 6A champion Oxford had a much more comfortable lead in Class 6A with 179 points overall. Benjamin Russell was 74 points back with 105. And in Class 7A, which had its first day of competition Friday, Thompson and Central-Phenix City emerged 1-2 with the Warriors amassing 102 points and the Red Devils just 15 points back with 87. Defending 7A state champion Vestavia Hills was third with 72 points, bunched closely with Bob Jones (70.5) and Oak Mountain (68.5).
    The consolation finals kick off Saturday’s final day of wrestling at 9 a.m., with the championship matches to follow beginning at 11:30 a.m. All matches will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network by TrackWrestling.
     Highlights from Friday were plenty.
     Hueytown senior Brian Gardner pulled the biggest upset of Friday’s wrestling action with a pin over defending Class 6A state 285-pound state champion Jake Andrews of Stanhope Elmore. Gardner (22-2) pinned Andrews (25-3) at 2:12 in the semifinals match for his third straight by fall in the Class 6A competition.  He will now face Clay Webb of Oxford (34-1), who pinned Opelika sophomore Michael Dawson (51-13) at 1:25 in the other semifinal bout. Webb finished second in last year’s competition and Gardner was fifth.
    Andrew Smith of Southside-Gadsden, last year’s 6A champion at 106 pounds, improved to 70-4 on the season with a 14-0 major decision win in the 113-pound semifinals. The senior will meet Oxford junior Chase Hicks (59-7), who won his semifinal match with a pin (1:54).
    Justin Ingram of Spanish Fort (75-0) moved into the 145-pound finals after going 53-1 last season to win the 132-pound state crown. Javonic Turner of Homewood (42-0) reached the 152-pound finals to face Oxford’s Matt King (54-3), who won last year at 160 pounds. Turner’s teammate Carlos Miguel Figeroa takes a 60-1 record into the 195-pound finals. He won at 182 pounds last year as a sophomore. Other defending champions to reach Saturday’s finals include Jackson Jones of Clay-Chalkville (35-2) at 220 pounds and Thomas Carter of Athens (12-1), last year’s 170-pound champ, in the 182-pound finals.
   In Class 1A/5A, Weaver’s Sean Caleb Allison (52-3) advanced to the 220-pound championship match with his a 5-1 decision over Scottsboro junior Caleb Anderson. Allison won his first two matches in a total of just 69 seconds – with pins at 0:32 and 0:37. His opponent in the finals will be Travis Woodall of North Jackson (30-4). Woodall and his twin brother Tanner (29-2) both advanced to the finals with Tanner competing in the 195-pound championship bout.
     Four defending champions advanced to the finals in Class 1A/5A. Landon Castleberry of Hayden (53-2), who won at 113 pounds last season, will be facing Scottsboro’s John McAlpine (45-4), last year’s 120-pound winner, in the 126-pound finals Saturday.
    Mortimer Jordan senior Carial Tarter (61-0), who won at 145 pounds last season, reached the 160-pound finals pinning Mae Jemison’s Michael Flynn in the semifinals at 1:43 for his third win by fall in the state meet. Now 119-0 in the last two seasons, will face Hayden junior Colby Hallmark (47-8) in the finals.
    Kolton Clark (50-2), a Scottsboro junior was runner-up to Tarter last season at 145 pounds, advanced to the 170-pound championship match to face defending state champion Ethan Pippen of Westminster Christian (44-4), who finished 53-0 last season.
    Junior Christian Knop of Alexandria (49-0), the defending champion at 182 pounds, pinned Beauregard’s Kyle Hugley (51-3) at 1:13 for his third straight win by fall to advance to the finals again. He will face Monquavious Ricks (43-2) of Deshler, who finished third last season.
     Fultondale senior Macon Edwards advanced to his fourth consecutive championship bout with a quick pin (0:56) in his semifinal match and will meet Cleburne County senior Dylan Turner (31-3) in the finals. Edwards is 237-1 over the last four seasons with winning streak of 163 straight match wins coming to an end in last year’s 113-pound finals.
   Arab’s Clay Jones (68-0) is also undefeated heading into the 145-pound championship bout.
    Six wrestlers who claimed state titles in the Class 7A division last season advanced through the quarterfinals and semifinals Friday to reach Saturday’s championship bouts. Oak Mountain senior Barrett Blakely (52-0), the 2017 160-pound champ, won one match by technical fall (15-0) and won the semis with a pin (0:58) to move into Saturday’s 170-pound finals. He will face Buckhorn junior Jordan Hunter (31-2). Other state champions back on center mat for Saturday’s finals include 126-pounder  Chandler Akins of Thompson (38-9), who won at 113 last year, and Thompson 132-pounder Gabe Hixenbaugh (52-3), who won at 126 in 2017.
   Hewitt-Trussville 138-pound junior Stone Barden (25-3), who won at 120 last season, will meet Central-Phenix City’s undefeated senior Hector Candelario (51-0). Hewitt-Trussville senior Conner Smith (42-4) won his semifinal match and will be in the 145-pound finals again facing Grissom senior Jonathan Handy (52-2). Hoover senior D’Angelo Dewitt (45-2) will be attempting to defend his 195-pound crown against Bob Jones’ Harold Gilmore (45-4).
   The 160-pound finals will feature last year’s 152-pound champ Robert Morales of Central Phenix City (48-3) and last year’s 160-pound  runner-up Bowman Hill (28-2) of Vestavia Hills.

AHSAA 63rd State Wrestling Championships
Saturday’s Championship Matches
(Finals start at 11 a.m.)
106 pounds: Cory Land, Moody (52-2), Jr., vs. Cody Souder, Weaver (34-0), Fr.
113 pounds: Joseph Martin, Arab (56-4), Jr., vs. Jaden New, Alexandria (36-5), 8th
120 pounds:  Macon Edwards, Fultondale (74-0), Sr., vs. Dylan Turner, Cleburne County (31-3), Sr.
126 pounds:  Landon Castleberry, Hayden (53-2) Sr., vs. John McAlpin, Scottsboro (45-4), Sr.
132 pounds:  Zachary Clayton, Dora (58-1), Sr., vs. Kage Robertson, Susan Moore (40-3), Sr.
138 pounds:  Garrett McClendon, Arab (58-6), Jr., vs. Brantley McHugh, Madison County (27-5), Sr.
145 pounds:  Clay Jones, Arab (68-0), Sr., vs. Rashad Clark, Moody (53-5), Jr.
152 pounds:  Aaron Whittaker, Alexandria (45-4), Sr., vs. Brady Richardson, Holtville (49-1), Sr.
160 pounds:  Carial Tarter, Mortimer Jordan (61-0), Sr., vs. Colby Hallmark, Hayden (47-8), Jr.
170 pounds:  Kolton Clark, Scottsboro (50-2), Jr., vs. Ethan Pippen, Westminster (44-4), Jr.
182 pounds:  Monquavias Ricks, Deshler (43-2), Sr., vs. Christian Knop, Alexandria (49-0), Jr.
195 pounds:  Tanner Woodall, North Jackson (29-2), Jr., vs. Andy Baker, Tallassee (57-1), Jr.
220 pounds:  Travis Woodall, North Jackson (30-4), Jr., vs. Sean Caleb Allison, Weaver (52-3), Jr.
285 pounds:  Bradford Womack, Scottsboro (28-6), Jr., vs. Michael Barnes, Mortimer Jordan (46-10), Jr.

106 pounds: Bobby Charsha, Benjamin Russell (56-9), So., vs. George Vazquez, Pinson Valley (31-3), Jr.
113 pounds: Andrew Smith, Southside-Gadsden (70-4), Sr., vs. Chase Hicks, Oxford (59-7), Jr.
120 pounds: Jacob  Dease, Southside-Gadsden (60-10), Fr., vs. Landon Burrage, Oxford (53-20), Jr.
126 pounds: Steven Bell, McAdory (69-1), Jr., vs. Jakob Chisolm, Oxford (56-14), Fr.
132 pounds: Brandon Seawright, Minor (36-2), So., vs. Gage Hudson, Gulf Shores (41-6), Jr.
138 pounds: Alex Miller, Helena (50-2), Sr., vs. Deacon Cowart, Athens (35-13), Jr.
145 pounds: Saxon Coker, Benjamin Russell (55-10), So., vs. Justin Ingram, Spanish Fort (75-0), Sr.
152 pounds: Javonic Turner, Homewood (42-0), Sr., vs. Matt King, Oxford (54-3), Sr.
160 pounds: Zaquarius Harris, Columbia (41-9), Jr., vs. Trevor Muncey, Gardendale (26-5), Sr.
170 pounds: Isaiah McDougal, Columbia (45-2), Sr., vs. Tobias Garrison, Stanhope Elmore (39-0), Sr.
182 pounds: Thomas Carter, Athens (12-1), Sr., vs. Nathan Dunaway, Helena (66-1), So.
195 pounds: Carlos Miguel Figueroa, Homewood (60-1), Jr., vs. Anthony Talton, Clay-Chalkville (43-4), Jr.
220 pounds: Jackson Jones, Clay-Chalkville (35-2), Jr, vs. Daiquion Thedford, Brookwood (32-3), Sr.
285 pounds: Clay Webb, Oxford (34-1), Jr., vs. Brian Gardner, Hueytown (22-2), Sr.

106 pounds: Dylan Leseueur, Thompson (46-9), Jr., vs. Adrian Neco, Central-Phenix City (51-5), Fr.
113 pounds: Tyler Ivey, Grissom (21-0) , Jr., vs. Emmanuel Oliver, Thompson (32-5), So.
120 pounds: Sullivan Tipton, Oak Mountain (49-7), So., vs. Riley Huff, Hoover (35-8), Jr.
126 pounds: Chandler Akins, Thompson (38-9), Jr., vs. Mark Hurt, Central-Phenix City (39-6), Sr.
132 pounds: Gabe Hixenbaugh, Thompson (52-3), Jr., vs. Maxwell Kauffman, Central-Phenix City (51-4), Jr.
138 pounds: Stone Barden, Hewitt-Trussville (25-3), Jr., vs. Hector Candelario, Central-Phenix City (51-0), Sr.
145 pounds: Conner Smith, Hewitt-Trussville (42-4), Sr.,  vs. Jonathan Handy, Grissom (52-2), Sr.ewi H
152 pounds: Cale Land, Hewitt-Trussville (22-9), Jr., vs. Peter Dazzio, Vestavia Hills (38-6), Jr.
160 pounds: Bowman Hill, Vestavia Hills (28-2), Sr., vs. Robert Morales, Central-Phenix City (48-3), Sr.
170 pounds: Jordan Hunter, Buckhorn (31-2), Jr., vs. Barrett Blakely, Oak Mountain (52-0), Sr.
182 pounds: Spencer Haddock, Vestavia Hills (21-2), Sr., vs. George Francovitch, Bob Jones (42-4), Jr.
195 pounds: Harold Gilmore, Bob Jones (45-4), Sr., vs. D’Angelo Dewitt, Hoover (45-2), Sr.
220 pounds: Seth Dupree, Bob Jones (45-4) , Sr., vs. Jaegar Clark, Huntsville (56-2), Sr.
285 pounds: Camron Hill, Lee-Montgomery (29-1), Sr., vs. Seth Whitlock, Thompson (27-12), Sr.

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