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Thompson, Gardendale, Arab Win 2020 State Wrestling Crowns

HUNTSVILLE – Thompson High School won its third Class 7A state wrestling title in a row Saturday at Von Braun, Class 1/5A Arab captured its eighth state title since 2011 and Class 6A Gardendale claimed its first state championship in 45 years as the 65th AHSAA State Wrestling Championships closed out the 2020 season at the Von Braun Center.
    The three schools also won the AHSAA Duals Tournament titles in January.
    Individually, sophomore Cory Land of Moody High School closed out a 56-0 season with an 18-3 technical fall over Satsuma’s William Walker in the Class 1A/5A 120-pound finals to claim his third state championship in a row. Land also closed the season with his 110th straight victory since losing in the Super Sectional finals in 2018.
   Coach Brian Brasseal’s Rockets left little doubt rolling up a big lead Friday and posted 175.5 points overall to beat runner-up Benjamin Russell by 41 points to claim the 6A championship. Oxford was third with 109.5 points and defending champion McAdory finished fourth with 109. The title was Gardendale’s first since winning back-to-back state crowns in 1975 and 1975.
   Freshman Isaiah Powe (50-2) won the 113-pound title for the Rockets’ only individual title. Gardendale’s Melton Powe (19-2) was runner-up at 120 pounds; Brody Scoggins 34-21) at 126 pounds; and Russ Boackle (46-8) at 152 pounds.
   Arab, coached by Michael Pruitt, won the 1A/5A state title with 189.5 points. Jasper finished second with 115 and Ranburne was third with 112.5.  The runner-up finish was the best in school history for the Vikings.
   The Knights had two champions – winning at 106 and 113 pounds. Sophomore Cade Dunn (51-1) beating Hinds Duncan (42-2) of Pike Road in 2-0 in 106-pound finals, and junior Jacob Holland (55-1) beat Susan Moore’s Trent Robinson (29-4) in the 113-pound finals 6-4.
    Thompson and Vestavia Hills came into the final day’s competition Saturday separated by just one-half point. The Warriors of Coach Shawn Weltzin and Rebels of Coach Monterrius “Tee” Adams, squared off in four championship matches Saturday with Thompson winning three to stretch its final total to 166.5 points, 13 better than Vestavia Hills’ 153.5. Huntsville finished third with 83 points.
   Warriors junior Blaise Albarado (17-0) pinned Rebels junior Zach Flurry (32-4) in the 106-pound championship match. Sophomore James Latona (47-5) posted  major decision (13-4) over Vestavia senior Bryant Segars (43-7), and junior Will Miller (46-4) posted a hard-fought 5-3 decision over senior Chandler Merrill at 152 pounds for Thompson’s head-to-head wins. Rebels sophomore John Edwards (38-4) beat Thompson senior Ashunti Perry (29-10) in 160-pound finals in another tough match 3-1.
    Thompson also got championship match wins by Yanni Vines (48-4) at 113 pounds and senior Emmanuel Oliver (38-4) at 132  pounds.
    Several other wrestlers closed out the 2020 season winning state championships to climax undefeated seasons.  Dylan Pearson of Auburn (36-0) won the 7A 182-pound title. In Class 1A/5A, Ryan Summerlin of Moody (43-0) won at 132 pounds; Jaden New of Alexandria (52-0) won at 145 pounds; Christian Smith of Ranburne (35-0) won at 195 pounds; and Ben Buchanan (39-0), also of Ranburne, won at 285 pounds.”
   In Class 6A, Helena senior Nathan Dunaway capped a 46-0 season winning the 220-pound championship match win a pin at 0:48. Opelika senior Michael Dawson also won the 6A 285-pound championship bout with a pin at 3:48 to finish his season at 51-0. One other grappler Pete Henderson of McAdory captured the 106-pound championship finishing the season 74-1.
   Complete final-day team scoring and individual results include:

AHSAA 65th State Wrestling Championships
Saturday’s Results


Class 1A/5A Team Scoring
(Top 10 Leaders)
Arab                                  189.5
Jasper                                115.0
Ranburne                           112.5
Alexandria                          88.0
Southside-Gadsden             86.0
Mortimer Jordan                 84.0
Moody                                 77.5
Corner                                 73.0
Ashville                               67.0
Hayden                                55.5

Best Match: (160-Pound Finals) Jack Burt, Montgomery Catholic, dec. Caleb Row, Arab, 6-5.
Most Pins: Cole Fuller, Corner, Jr. (3 pins, 5:40).
Most Valuable Wrestler: Cory Land, Moody (56-0) – 120-pound state champion.

Class 6A Team Scoring
(Top 10 Leaders)
Gardendale                        175.5
Benjamin Russell              134.5
Oxford                              109.5
McAdory                           109.0
Wetumpka                         104.0
Spanish Fort                        97.5
Gulf Shores                         90.0
Helena                                 86.0
Chelsea                                69.5
Fort Payne                           69.0

Best Match: (170-Pound Finals) John Paul Uter, Gulf Shores dec. Hezekiah Hunter, Benjamin Russell, SV-1 7-5 in sudden death.
Most Pins: Nathan Dunaway, Helena, (3 pins, 6:41).
Most Valuable Wrestler: Brandon Seawright, Minor (46-1), Sr. – 145-pound state champion.

Class 7A Team Scoring
(Top 10 Leaders)
Thompson                         166.5
Vestavia Hills                   153.5
Huntsville                           83.5
Hoover                                58.0
Mountain Brook                 53.0
Spain Park                           46.0
Oak Mountain                     42.0
Hewitt-Trussville                38.0
Smiths Station                     38.0
Bob Jones                            35.5
Best Match: (170-Pound Finals) Jack Lamey, Vestavia Hills dec. Zeke Smotherman, Huntsville, 3-1.
Most Pins: Dylan Pearson, Auburn, (3 pins, 5:10).
Most Valuable Wrestler: Jaxon Bast, Spain Park (44-3), Sr. – 245-pound state champion.

1A-5A 106
1st Place Match -   Cabe Dunn (Arab) 51-1 won by decision over Hinds Duncan (Pike Road) 42-4 (Dec 2-0)
3rd Place Match - Brodie Christmas (Mortimer Jordan) 57-5 won in sudden victory - 1 over Marcus Wright (Westminister Christian) 29-10 (SV-1 6-4)
5th Place Match -  Ethan Caldwell (Jasper) 39-26 won by fall over Matthew Kenneway (Saks) 43-16 (Fall 3:17)

1A-5A 113
1st Place Match -  Jacob Holland (Arab) 55-1 won by decision over Trent Robertson (Susan Moore) 29-4 (Dec 6-4)
3rd Place Match - Kaleb Mathews (Alexandria) 50-5 won by decision over Bentley Briscoe (Hayden) 42-18 (Dec 7-2)
5th Place Match -  Dylan Melendez (Piedmont) 45-6 won by decision over Andrew Maxwell (East Limestone) 21-8 (Dec 4-2)

1A-5A 120
1st Place Match -  Cory Land (Moody) 56-0 won by tech fall over William Walker (Satsuma) 55-2 (TF-1.5 2:53 (18-3)
3rd Place Match - Austin Silva (Arab) 36-9 won by major decision over Nick Spears (Ashville) 38-20 (MD 15-7)
5th Place Match -  Jamal Whittington (Beauregard) 42-6 won by fall over Austin Creamer (Lincoln) 39-10 (Fall 3:00)

1A-5A 126
1st Place Match -  Zack Haynes (Tallassee) 43-3 won by decision over Evan Phillips (Hayden) 52-4 (Dec 7-4)
3rd Place Match - Jemari Harris (Montevallo) 48-5 won by decision over Calan Staub (Southside) 51-16 (Dec 6-5)
5th Place Match -  Clinton Stewart (Scottsboro) 36-8 won by forfeit over Parker Dodd (Med FF) (Moody) 46-4 (For.)

1A-5A 132
1st Place Match -  Ryan Summerlin (Moody) 43-0 won by major decision over Joshua Roe (Arab) 42-18 (MD 16-4)
3rd Place Match - Joshua Johannson (Weaver) 42-11 won by major decision over Cole Sykes (Shelby Co.) 52-7 (MD 12-3)
5th Place Match -  Christian McCary (Tallassee) 52-10 won by decision over Alex Ragsdale (Corner) 52-13 (Dec 9-5)

1A-5A 138
1st Place Match -  Sebastian Oswalt (Mortimer Jordan) 47-9 won by decision over Patrick Lawler (Arab) 49-7 (Dec 3-0)
3rd Place Match - Trent Gilham (Springville) 64-2 won by decision over Jose Calderon (Susan Moore) 27-11 (Dec 4-1)
5th Place Match -  Dazhoen Finley (Lincoln) 53-5 won by decision over Eli Sims (Leeds) 38-14 (Dec 8-7)

1A-5A 145
1st Place Match -  Jaden New (Alexandria) 52-0 won by decision over Cody Souder (Weaver) 40-7 (Dec 7-2)
3rd Place Match - Gabe Robbins (St. James) 40-5 won by forfeit over Maney Havis (Jasper) 55-6 (For.)
5th Place Match -  Kaleb Burford (Hayden) 40-11 won by decision over Quin Cotten (Lincoln) 39-13 (Dec 9-5)

1A-5A 152
1st Place Match -  Preston Reed (Jasper) 51-4 won by decision over Dathan Finley (Southside) 49-18 (Dec 2-1)
3rd Place Match - Ethan Scrivner (St. Clair Co.) 60-11 won by decision over Zachary Williamson (Cleburne Co.) 40-2 (Dec 5-3)
5th Place Match -  Mason Vann (Ashville) 44-17 won by forfeit over Thomas Miller (Med FF) (New Hope) 33-9 (For.)

1A-5A 160
1st Place Match -  Jack Burt (Montgomery Catholic) 44-2 won by decision over Caleb Roe (Arab) 58-6 (Dec 6-5)
3rd Place Match - Luke Jasper (Mortimer Jordan) 41-8 won by fall over Arthur Cox (Ramsay) 19-16 (Fall 4:04)
5th Place Match -  Spencer Jordan (Ranburne) 34-7 won by decision over Aaron Grinfield (Moody) 44-18 (Dec 12-10)

1A-5A 170
1st Place Match -  Carnel Davis (Southside) 57-11 won by decision over Tyler Mcdonald (Mortimer Jordan) 58-8 (Dec 9-3)
3rd Place Match - Cade Atkins (Westminister Christian) 38-7 won by decision over Troy Gibson (Satsuma) 41-8 (Dec 3-2)
5th Place Match -  Ryan Morelan (Arab) 54-13 won by decision over Dylan Harris (Ashville) 42-16 (Dec 14-13)

1A-5A 182
1st Place Match -  Nicholas Brashear (Corner) 54-1 won by decision over Sam Atchley (Arab) 28-11 (Dec 6-4)
3rd Place Match - Daniel Loudermilk (Southside) 57-15 won by major decision over Kurt Reichert (Prattville Christian) 40-5 (MD 10-1)
5th Place Match -  Jeremiah Mccord (Ranburne) 34-9 won by major decision over Luke Harris (Ashville) 49-11 (MD 10-1)

1A-5A 195
1st Place Match -  Christian Smith (Ranburne) 35-0 won by major decision over Dashton Rush (Jasper) 48-6 (MD 11-2)
3rd Place Match - Connor Hall (Alexandria) 52-9 won by decision over Will Pilgrim (Deshler) 38-7 (Dec 6-2)
5th Place Match -  Rankin Allen (Montevallo) 44-9 won by fall over Logan Thomas (Corner) 53-8 (Fall 1:58)
1A-5A 220
1st Place Match -
 Cole Fuller (Corner) 50-1 won by decision over Carson Hall (Ranburne) 37-2 (Dec 7-3)
3rd Place Match - Demaria Jones (Center Point) 37-4 won by fall over Matt Brown (Elmore Co.) 43-9 (Fall 4:28)
5th Place Match -  Treveon Bolton (Saks) 37-9 won by fall over Ean Carpenter (TR Miller) 29-7 (Fall 2:13)
1A-5A 285
1st Place Match -
 Ben Buchanan (Ranburne) 39-0 won by fall over Brodie Vinson (Jasper) 40-4 (Fall 3:06)
3rd Place Match - Ronny Henderson (Dora) 27-7 won by fall over Kolby Clark (Scottsboro) 27-10 (Fall 2:54)
5th Place Match -  Trent Pate (Cleburne Co.) 34-8 won by decision over Grant Wisdom (Deshler) 36-14 (Dec 4-1)

6A 106
1st Place Match -  Peter Henderson (McAdory) 74-1 won by decision over Sandlin Pike (Benjamin Russell) 41-12 (Dec 6-0)
3rd Place Match - Will Anderson (Athens) 28-2 won by decision over David Miguel (Fort Payne) 27-5 (Dec 3-0)
5th Place Match -  Daishun Powe (Gardendale) 46-23 won by decision over Donelle Young (Shades Valley) 38-17 (Dec 3-1)
6A 113
1st Place Match -  Isaiah Powe (Gardendale) 50-2 won by forfeit over Tyrique Simms (Mae Jemison) 48-8 (For.)
3rd Place Match - Seth Mcgrew (Helena) 41-14 won by decision over Hudson Waldrop (McAdory) 60-7 (Dec 3-0)
5th Place Match -  Lee Leonard (Benjamin Russell) 33-19 won by forfeit over Mason Dickey (FF) (Wetumpka) 39-15 (For.)
6A 120
1st Place Match -  Lincoln Bryant (Hartselle) 42-9 won by decision over Melton Powe (Gardendale) 19-2 (Dec 10-5)
3rd Place Match - Xander Mcwilliams (Wetumpka) 57-4 won by decision over Cote Blalock (Fort Payne) 34-2 (Dec 4-2)
5th Place Match -  Xavior Larry (Carver-Birmingham) 33-13 won by fall over Gunner Birdsong (Athens) 35-20 (Fall 2:45)
6A 126
1st Place Match -  Michael Moran (Helena) 54-8 won by tech fall over Brody Scoggins (Gardendale) 34-21 (TF-1.5 5:06 (15-0)
3rd Place Match - Nyshaad Hannon (Benjamin Russell) 52-12 won by decision over Corey Jones (Shades Valley) 37-8 (Dec 10-5)
5th Place Match -  Adam Byerman (Chelsea) 42-12 won by decision over Payton Roberts (Hartselle) 38-17 (Dec 2-0)
6A 132
1st Place Match -  Gabe Warren (Spanish Fort) 61-3 won by decision over Bryce Wanagat (Pelham) 43-5 (Dec 15-11)
3rd Place Match - Kyler Adams (Wetumpka) 58-5 won by fall over Bobby Charsha (Benjamin Russell) 35-10 (Fall 2:49)
5th Place Match -  Ethan Mccord (Stanhope Elmore) 39-9 won by decision over Mykel Evans (Hueytown) 26-14 (Dec 6-3)
6A 138
1st Place Match -  Donald Phillips (McAdory) 74-9 won by fall over Jakob Chisolm (Oxford) 22-1 (Fall 4:37)
3rd Place Match - Brady George (Gulf Shores) 71-7 won by decision over Devyn Scoggins (Gardendale) 39-14 (Dec 9-2)
5th Place Match -  Cameron Holder (Daphne) 50-16 won by decision over Jakarri Smith (Carver-Montgomery) 13-7 (Dec 6-2)
6A 145
1st Place Match -  Brandon Seawright (Minor) 46-1 won by major decision over Seth Branham (Pelham) 25-8 (MD 18-4)
3rd Place Match - Jason Minchew (Shades Valley) 54-8 won by decision over Blake Crocker (Pinson Valley) 33-12 (Dec 4-3)
5th Place Match -  Connor Russo (Stanhope Elmore) 34-10 won by decision over Kendrick Young (Oxford) 40-12 (Dec 6-5)
6A 152
1st Place Match -  Chase Hicks (Oxford) 53-8 won by decision over Russ Boackle (Gardendale) 46-8 (Dec 1-0)
3rd Place Match - Saxon Coker (Benjamin Russell) 64-5 won by fall over Desmond Pearson (Mae Jemison) 47-4 (Fall 2:49)
5th Place Match -  Jordyn Johnson (Clay-Chalkville) 50-5 won by decision over Dawson Williams (Fort Payne) 26-14 (Dec 6-2)
6A 160
1st Place Match -  Jake Snow (Spanish Fort) 61-3 won in sudden victory - 1 over Reed Hill (Oxford) 56-3 (SV-1 2-0)
3rd Place Match - Carson Kim (Gardendale) 41-4 won by major decision over Preston Royster (Chelsea) 43-7 (MD 11-3)
5th Place Match -  Jeremiah Cherry Daniel (Stanhope Elmore) 37-10 won by fall over Jordan Mcglothen (Robertsdale) 18-13 (Fall 1:41)
6A 170
1st Place Match -  John Paul Uter (Gulf Shores) 66-4 won in sudden victory - 1 over Hezekiah Hunter (Benjamin Russell) 59-8 (SV-1 7-5)
3rd Place Match - Logan Farmer (Athens) 17-4 won by fall over Derrick Orvik (Gardendale) 23-5 (Fall 1:46)
5th Place Match -  Levi Miller (Homewood) 10-6 won by fall over Will Caneer (Buckhorn) 34-21 (Fall 2:55)
6A 182
1st Place Match -  Mason Blackwell (Wetumpka) 63-2 won by fall over John-mark Crocker (Homewood) 25-4 (Fall 1:42)
3rd Place Match - Jackson Carey (Gulf Shores) 41-8 won in tie breaker - 1 over D`andre Wilkerson (Minor) 32-14 (TB-1 2-1)
5th Place Match -  Kennedy Wyatt (Gardendale) 45-15 won by fall over Keyon Ezelle (Carver-Birmingham) 36-21 (Fall 3:56)
6A 195
1st Place Match -  Noah Bauer (Spanish Fort) 59-4 won by decision over Drake Ewing (Gulf Shores) 34-12 (Dec 3-2)
3rd Place Match - Jon Davis (Daphne) 37-15 won in sudden victory - 1 over Chanceton Holifield (Oxford) 24-10 (SV-1 3-2)
5th Place Match -  Elliot Gage (Chelsea) 40-7 won by tech fall over Sirrell Reese (Dothan) 13-12 (TF-1.5 4:54 (21-5)
6A 220
1st Place Match -  Nathan Dunaway (Helena) 46-0 won by fall over Riley Kuhn (Fort Payne) 32-4 (Fall 0:48)
3rd Place Match - Daion Campbell (Mae Jemison) 33-4 won by decision over Abe Preston (Wetumpka) 42-15 (Dec 5-3)
5th Place Match -  Colton Danielson (Russell Co.) 80-10 won by decision over Robert Montgomery (Chelsea) 42-10 (Dec 7-4)
6A 285
1st Place Match -  Michael Dawson (Opelika) 51-0 won by fall over Izziah Williams (Clay-Chalkville) 44-7 (Fall 3:48)
3rd Place Match - Dylan Daring (Shades Valley) 45-7 won in tie breaker - 1 over Curtis Weatherspoon (McAdory) 41-12 (TB-1 4-3)
5th Place Match -  Curtis Norris (Benjamin Russell) 25-7 won by fall over Terrell Barton (Buckhorn) 48-5 (Fall 2:07)

7A 106
1st Place Match -  Blaise Albarado (Thompson) 17-0 won by fall over Zach Flurry (Vestavia Hills) 32-4 (Fall 3:22)
3rd Place Match - Camden Tipton (Oak Mountain) 50-8 won in sudden victory - 1 over Blake Byerley (Auburn) 44-14 (SV-1 2-0)
7A 113
1st Place Match -  Yanni Vines (Thompson) 48-4 won by decision over John Robert Thompson (Spain Park) 48-7 (Dec 6-0)
3rd Place Match - Christopher Hays (Vestavia Hills) 28-9 won by fall over Chris Weaver (Hewitt-Trussville) 17-15 (Fall 1:59)
7A 120
1st Place Match -  Nick Smith (Hoover) 37-3 won by major decision over Zander Fields (Huntsville) 49-6 (MD 8-0)
3rd Place Match - Ethan Bordelon (Bob Jones) 47-19 won by decision over Cory Jones (Thompson) 35-18 (Dec 10-6)
7A 126
1st Place Match -  James Latona (Thompson) 47-5 won by major decision over Bryant Segars (Vestavia Hills) 43-7 (MD 13-4)
3rd Place Match - Tony Batiz (Smiths Station) 44-9 won by decision over Trevon Smith (Grissom) 43-15 (Dec 8-4)
7A 132
1st Place Match -  Emmanuel Oliver (Thompson) 38-4 won by tech fall over Conner Cole (Huntsville) 44-10 (TF-1.5 6:00 (19-3)
3rd Place Match - Devin Stone (Smiths Station) 41-9 won by decision over Brett Randolph (Mountain Brook) 42-15 (Dec 13-6)
7A 138
1st Place Match -  Gray Ortis (Mountain Brook) 46-6 won by decision over Logan Reaves (Hewitt-Trussville) 41-15 (Dec 5-1)
3rd Place Match - Sullivan Tipton (Oak Mountain) 50-2 won by fall over Manuel Marrero (Bob Jones) 56-12 (Fall 2:20)
7A 145
1st Place Match -  Jack Lamey (Vestavia Hills) 34-12 won by decision over Zeke Smotherman (Huntsville) 58-5 (Dec 3-1)
3rd Place Match - Jacob Johnson (Hoover) 23-14 won by decision over Will Garrett (Thompson) 32-14 (Dec 9-5)
7A 152
1st Place Match -  Will Miller (Thompson) 46-4 won by decision over Chandler Merrill (Vestavia Hills) 27-9 (Dec 5-3)
3rd Place Match - Francisco Soto (Central-Phenix City) 33-7 won by decision over Sebastian Davis (James Clemens) 33-10 (Dec 3-2)
7A 160
1st Place Match -  John Edwards (Vestavia Hills) 38-4 won by decision over Ashunti Perry (Thompson) 29-10 (Dec 3-1)
3rd Place Match - Hunter Jones (Hewitt-Trussville) 31-10 won by decision over Chris Congress (Bob Jones) 51-9 (Dec 7-4)
7A 170
1st Place Match -  Sam Willoughby (Vestavia Hills) 37-5 won by decision over Warren Hoyt (Grissom) 46-2 (Dec 12-9)
3rd Place Match - William Browder (Thompson) 31-5 won by fall over Joseph Grijalva (Florence) 29-6 (Fall 2:06)
7A 182
1st Place Match -  Dylan Pearson (Auburn) 36-0 won by fall over J t Foster (Hoover) 34-5 (Fall 1:41)
3rd Place Match - John Mckimmon (Mountain Brook) 36-5 won by decision over Jacob Gammill (Vestavia Hills) 27-9 (Dec 7-5)
7A 195
1st Place Match -  Stephen Cagle (Huntsville) 52-2 won by decision over Michael Jackson (Thompson) 40-6 (Dec 7-3)
3rd Place Match - Jack Higgins (Mountain Brook) 51-5 won by major decision over Dawson Rye (Hoover) 27-7 (MD 10-1)
7A 220
1st Place Match -  Ryan Keepers (James Clemens) 28-6 won by decision over Cole Batson (Huntsville) 62-4 (Dec 10-6)
3rd Place Match - Kyle Watson (Smiths Station) 42-6 won by fall over Jacob Goldfon (Oak Mountain) 28-16 (Fall 4:17)
7A 285
1st Place Match -  Jaxon Bast (Spain Park) 44-3 won by fall over Thor Zogg (Tuscaloosa Co.) 58-3 (Fall 5:00)

3rd Place Match - Reggie Fowler (RE Lee) 25-8 won by decision over Dawson Ray (Vestavia Hills) 23-7 (Dec 7-6)

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


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

TEAM SCORING (after Friday’s matches)
(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

(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

(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


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)


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)


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)

Arab, Gardendale Take First-Day Leads at 65th Wrestling Championships

    HUNTSVILLE – Arab High School posted 76.5 points in the first day’s action at the 65th AHSAA State Wrestling Championships here at the Von Braun Center. Coach Michael Pruitt’s Knights leads the  Class 1A/5A division heading into Friday’s second day of competition. Jasper is in second place with 56 points, followed by Alexandria with 44 and Ranburne with 43. 
   Gardendale amassed 80 points to lead Class 6A. Benjamin Russell is second with 64 points, Oxford has 62 and Wetumpka, 58.5.
   Class 7A opens its championship play Friday with all three divisions having weigh in at 8 a.m., with matches set to begin at 9:30. The championship bracket semifinals are set to start at 1 p.m., and the final two rounds of consolation competition leading up to the finals are scheduled for 3:30 and 5:45 p.m. Defending champions are Thompson (7A), McAdlory (6A) and Moody (1A/5A).
    The state meet concludes Saturday with consolation finals at 9 a.m., and the championship matches set to get underway at 11:30. All matches are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network and Track Wrestling with Track Wrestling handling the production.
    The first day’s action was highlighted by two female competitors posting the first wins in AHSAA’s state championship history. Seventh grader Lena Johannson (41-12) of Weaver won a medical forfeit in the first round in Class 1A/5A 106-pound division, and Russell County senior Shelby Fugate (56-24) had a pin at 1:47 in her first-round consolation match in Class 6A. Johnannson lost in her second match.Fugate dropped her opening match before posting the first pin by a female in the 65-year-old state meet’s history. Both will be wrestling in consolation play Friday.
     A bevy of undefeated wrestlers advanced in the winner’s bracket Friday including 220-pounder Nathan Dunaway (44-0) of Helena in Class 6A and Michael Dawson (49-0) of Opelika, who had a dramatic pin in his second 6A 285-pound match win of the day.
     In Class 1A/5A, Moody’s Cody Land won two bouts at 120 pounds to improve to 59-0 on the season, and Alexandria’s Jaden New (50-0) also remained unbeaten at 145 pounds.


AHSAA Wrestling Championships
Thursday’s Results

Class 1A/5A
Team Scoring
(Top 10 Leaders)
Arab 76.5; Jasper 56; Alexandria 44; Ranburne 43; Mortimer Jordan 34.5; Corner 32; Weaver 26.5; Westminster Christian 26; Ashville 25; Lincoln 24.


1A-5A 106

  • Quarterfinal - Cabe Dunn (Arab) 49-1 won by fall over Ramon Lozada (Elmore Co.) 39-8 (Fall 2:58)
  • Quarterfinal - Marcus Wright (Westminister Christian) 28-8 won by decision over Preston Jones (Alexandria) 43-9 (Dec 6-0)
  • Quarterfinal - Hinds Duncan (Pike Road) 41-3 won by major decision over Ethan Caldwell (Jasper) 36-25 (MD 11-3)
  • Quarterfinal - Brodie Christmas (Mortimer Jordan) 55-4 won by decision over Lena Johannson (Weaver) 41-12 (Dec 10-6)

    1A-5A 113
  • Quarterfinal - Jacob Holland (Arab) 53-1 won by fall over Brandon Emfinger (Tallassee) 43-17 (Fall 1:04)
  • Quarterfinal - Andrew Maxwell (East Limestone) 21-5 won by fall over Dylan Melendez (Piedmont) 42-5 (Fall 2:29)
  • Quarterfinal - Kaleb Mathews (Alexandria) 48-4 won by fall over Bentley Briscoe (Hayden) 39-17 (Fall 0:53)
  • Quarterfinal - Trent Robertson (Susan Moore) 28-3 won by major decision over Myers Duncan (Pike Road) 35-12 (MD 9-1)

1A-5A 120

  • Quarterfinal - Cory Land (Moody) 54-0 won by fall over Joseph Lomax (Alexandria) 43-13 (Fall 1:31)
  • Quarterfinal - Jamal Whittington (Beuregard) 41-4 won by decision over Shawn Ammerman (Madison Co.) 33-11 (Dec 15-13)
  • Quarterfinal - William Walker (Satsuma) 54-1 won by decision over Luke Richman (Westminister Christian) 26-10 (Dec 7-3)
  • Quarterfinal - Austin Creamer (Lincoln) 39-7 won by fall over Caleb Mooney (Shelby Co.) 45-9 (Fall 1:25)

1A-5A 126

  • Quarterfinal - Evan Phillips (Hayden) 51-3 won by major decision over Stone Svencer (Elmore Co.) 24-10 (MD 16-4)
  • Quarterfinal - Jemari Harris (Montevallo) 46-4 won by decision over Calan Staub (Southside) 48-15 (Dec 8-5)
  • Quarterfinal - Zack Haynes (Tallassee) 41-3 won by decision over Clinton Stewert (Scottsboro) 33-7 (Dec 9-4)
  • Quarterfinal - Parker Dodd (Moody) 46-1 won by decision over Aden Whittaker (Alexandria) 45-14 (Dec 6-2)

1A-5A 132

  • Quarterfinal - Ryan Summerlin (Moody) 41-0 won by fall over Evan Vaughn (Madison Co.) 30-10 (Fall 0:40)
  • Quarterfinal - Joshua Johannson (Weaver) 40-10 won by decision over Alex Ragsdale (Corner) 50-11 (Dec 13-6)
  • Quarterfinal - Cole Sykes (Shelby Co.) 51-5 won by decision over Matthew Rice (Pike Road) 33-13 (Dec 11-5)
  • Quarterfinal - Joshua Roe (Arab) 41-17 won by tech fall over Christian Mccary (Tallassee) 49-9 (TF-1.5 5:16 (17-2))

1A-5A 138

  • Quarterfinal - Trent Gilham (Springville) 62-1 won by fall over Jose Calderon (Susan Moore) 24-10 (Fall 3:41)
  • Quarterfinal - Patrick Lawler (Arab) 48-6 won by major decision over Dakota Medders (Alexandria) 41-10 (MD 10-0)
  • Quarterfinal - Eli Sims (Leeds) 38-11 won by fall over Dazhoen Finley (Lincoln) 50-4 (Fall 5:12)
  • Quarterfinal - Sebastian Oswalt (Mortimer Jordan) 45-9 won by decision over Tanner Wood (Alabama School For The Blind) 37-13 (Dec 6-3)

1A-5A 145

  • Quarterfinal - Maney Havis (Jasper) 54-4 won by fall over Quin Cotten (Lincoln) 37-11 (Fall 5:20)
  • Quarterfinal - Cody Souder (Weaver) 39-6 won by tech fall over Jaylen Thomas (White Plains) 28-14 (TF-1.5 2:37 (15-0))
  • Quarterfinal - Jaden New (Alexandria) 50-0 won by fall over Timothy Thurman (Saks) 38-11 (Fall 1:50)
  • Quarterfinal - Gabe Robbins (St. James) 38-4 won by fall over Evan Vieira (New Hope) 20-5 (Fall 1:09)

1A-5A 152

  • Quarterfinal - Preston Reed (Jasper) 49-4 won by major decision over Russell Proctor (Scottsboro) 30-8 (MD 9-0)
  • Quarterfinal - Ethan Scrivner (St. Clair Co.) 58-10 won by major decision over Thomas Miller (New Hope) 31-7 (MD 17-6)
  • Quarterfinal - Zachary Williamson (Cleburne Co.) 39-0 won by fall over Mason Vann (Ashville) 41-16 (Fall 1:52)
  • Quarterfinal - Dathan Finley (Southside) 48-17 won by fall over Michael Myslinski (Arab) 36-20 (Fall 1:09)

1A-5A 160

  • Quarterfinal - Caleb Roe (Arab) 57-5 won by decision over Zach Whitehead (Jasper) 32-23 (Dec 9-3)
  • Quarterfinal - Arthur Cox (Ramsay) 18-14 won in the ultimate tie breaker over Spencer Jordan (Ranburne) 31-6 (UTB 3-2)
  • Quarterfinal - Jack Burt (Montgomery Catholic) 42-2 won by fall over Jacob Clark (Beuregard) 30-15 (Fall 1:14)
  • Quarterfinal - Luke Jasper (Mortimer Jordan) 39-7 won by major decision over Aaron Grinfield (Moody) 42-16 (MD 13-5)

1A-5A 170

  • Quarterfinal - Carnel Davis (Southside) 55-11 won by major decision over Ja`kelynn Walker (Jasper) 14-9 (MD 12-4)
  • Quarterfinal - Cade Atkins (Westminister Christian) 36-6 won by fall over Dylan Harris (Ashville) 40-14 (Fall 4:30)
  • Quarterfinal - Troy Gibson (Satsuma) 40-6 won by major decision over Mekhi Burdette (Madison Co.) 30-7 (MD 13-4)
  • Quarterfinal - Tyler Mcdonald (Mortimer Jordan) 57-7 won by decision over Ryan Morelan (Arab) 51-12 (Dec 7-5)

1A-5A 182

  • Quarterfinal - Nicholas Brashear (Corner) 52-1 won by major decision over Moises Sanchez (Jasper) 29-9 (MD 14-6)
  • Quarterfinal - Daniel Loudermilk (Southside) 55-14 won by fall over Luke Harris (Ashville) 47-9 (Fall 1:30)
  • Quarterfinal - Kurt Reichert (Prattville Christian) 39-3 won by fall over Noah Lee (Springville) 51-18 (Fall 3:15)
  • Quarterfinal - Sam Atchley (Arab) 27-10 won by decision over Jeremiah Mccord (Ranburne) 31-8 (Dec 5-3)

1A-5A 195

  • Quarterfinal - Logan Thomas (Corner) 53-5 won by decision over Ethan Meadows (Dora) 16-8 (Dec 6-0)
  • Quarterfinal - Dashton Rush (Jasper) 47-5 won by decision over Connor Hall (Alexandria) 48-9 (Dec 5-0)
  • Quarterfinal - Christian Smith (Ranburne) 33-0 won by major decision over Cameron Tillman (Ashville) 45-9 (MD 10-2)
  • Quarterfinal - Rankin Allen (Montevallo) 43-7 won by fall over Will Pilgrim (Deshler) 35-6 (Fall 3:15)

1A-5A 220

  • Quarterfinal - Cole Fuller (Corner) 48-1 won by fall over Treveon Bolton (Saks) 34-8 (Fall 1:05)
  • Quarterfinal - Matt Brown (Elmore Co.) 42-7 won in the ultimate tie breaker over Caleb Mcculley (Alexandria) 48-12 (UTB 5-4)
  • Quarterfinal - Carson Hall (Ranburne) 36-1 won by fall over Xander Shipp (Arab) 34-19 (Fall 5:30)
  • Quarterfinal - Demaria Jones (Center Point) 35-3 won by fall over Ean Carpenter (TR Miller) 27-5 (Fall 0:08)

1A-5A 285

  • Quarterfinal - Brodie Vinson (Jasper) 39-3 won by decision over Levi Lang (Madison Co.) 24-12 (Dec 2-1)
  • Quarterfinal - Ronny Henderson (Dora) 25-6 won in sudden victory - 1 over Trent Pate (Cleburne Co.) 31-7 (SV-1 4-2)
  • Quarterfinal - Ben Buchanan (Ranburne) 37-0 won by fall over Grant Wisdom (Deshler) 34-12 (Fall 5:34)
  • Quarterfinal - Kolby Clark (Scottsboro) 26-8 won by fall over Nicholas Calderon (Susan Moore) 20-8 (Fall 1:10)

  • Class 6A
    Team Scoring
    (Top 10 Leaders)
    Gardendale 80; Benjamin Russell 74; Oxford 62; Wetumpka 58.5; McAdory 51; Spanish Fort 46.5; Gulf Shores 44; Chelsea 42; Shades Valley 42; Fort Payne 36.


    6A 106
  • Quarterfinal - David Miguel (Fort Payne) 26-3 won by major decision over Malik Nelson (Decatur) 24-6 (MD 10-2)
  • Quarterfinal - Sandlin Pike (Benjamin Russell) 40-11 won by fall over Will Anderson (Athens) 24-2 (Fall 1:30)
  • Quarterfinal - Peter Henderson (McAdory) 72-1 won by decision over Daishun Powe (Gardendale) 43-22 (Dec 9-5)
  • Quarterfinal - Donelle Young (Shades Valley) 38-14 won by fall over Nate Burrow (Pinson Valley) 23-29 (Fall 1:59)

    6A 113
  • Quarterfinal - Isaiah Powe (Gardendale) 48-2 won by fall over Deangleo Blakely (Minor) 33-12 (Fall 2:00)
  • Quarterfinal - Mason Dickey (Wetumpka) 39-12 won by major decision over Kaleb Shelton (Oxford) 43-19 (MD 11-2)
  • Quarterfinal - Hudson Waldrop (McAdory) 59-5 won by tech fall over Seth Mcgrew (Helena) 37-14 (TF-1.5 5:53 (15-0))
  • Quarterfinal - Tyrique Simms (Mae Jemison) 47-7 won by decision over Graham Miner (Homewood) 40-14 (Dec 7-6)

6A 120

  • Quarterfinal - Cote Blalock (Fort Payne) 33-0 won by fall over Blaze Isbell (Pell City) 58-14 (Fall 4:18)
  • Quarterfinal - Melton Powe (Gardendale) 18-1 won by decision over Leandro Nichols (Homewood) 40-13 (Dec 4-2)
  • Quarterfinal - Xander Mcwilliams (Wetumpka) 55-3 won by fall over Xavior Larry (Carver-Birmingham) 30-12 (Fall 3:46)
  • Quarterfinal - Lincoln Bryant (Hartselle) 40-9 won by tech fall over Yogi Childress (Gulf Shores) 41-24 (TF-1.5 5:07 (15-0))

6A 126

  • Quarterfinal - Corey Jones (Shades Valley) 36-6 won by decision over Payton Roberts (Hartselle) 36-15 (Dec 8-2)
  • Quarterfinal - Michael Moran (Helena) 52-8 won by tech fall over Ka`reyan Allen (Clay-Chalkville) 33-18 (TF-1.5 6:00 (16-0))
  • Quarterfinal - Nyshaad Hannon (Benjamin Russell) 50-11 won by fall over Joe Galvan (Homewood) 29-20 (Fall 5:18)
  • Quarterfinal - Brody Scoggins (Gardendale) 33-20 won by fall over Adam Byerman (Chelsea) 39-11 (Fall 3:24)

6A 132

  • Quarterfinal - Bobby Charsha (Benjamin Russell) 34-8 won by decision over Gabe Sweat (Buckhorn) 46-5 (Dec 10-7)
  • Quarterfinal - Gabe Warren (Spanish Fort) 59-3 won by fall over Casey Stewart (Chelsea) 36-13 (Fall 2:39)
  • Quarterfinal - Kyler Adams (Wetumpka) 56-4 won by decision over Ethan Mccord (Stanhope Elmore) 36-8 (Dec 11-4)
  • Quarterfinal - Bryce Wanagat (Pelham) 42-4 won by major decision over Luis Sanchez (Gardendale) 39-8 (MD 13-0)

6A 138

  • Quarterfinal - Jakob Chisolm (Oxford) 21-0 won by fall over Cameron Holder (Daphne) 47-15 (Fall 3:24)
  • Quarterfinal - Devyn Scoggins (Gardendale) 38-12 won by tech fall over Justin Yunke (Helena) 40-13 (TF-1.5 6:00 (18-2))
  • Quarterfinal - Brady George (Gulf Shores) 69-6 won by major decision over Jakarri Smith (Carver-Montgomery) 11-5 (MD 15-2)
  • Quarterfinal - Donald Phillips (McAdory) 72-9 won by major decision over Dawson Tadlock (Wetumpka) 34-14 (MD 17-5)

6A 145

  • Quarterfinal - Brandon Seawright (Minor) 44-1 won by tech fall over Blake Crocker (Pinson Valley) 30-11 (TF-1.5 2:59 (16-1))
  • Quarterfinal - Jason Minchew (Shades Valley) 52-7 won by decision over Tyler Anthony (Wetumpka) 36-13 (Dec 7-0)
  • Quarterfinal - Seth Branham (Pelham) 24-7 won by decision over Connor Russo (Stanhope Elmore) 31-9 (Dec 8-3)
  • Quarterfinal - Kendrick Young (Oxford) 40-9 won by decision over Ethan Lassere (Daphne) 43-14 (Dec 7-3)

6A 152

  • Quarterfinal - Desmond Pearson (Mae Jemison) 46-2 won by tech fall over Dawson Williams (Fort Payne) 24-12 (TF-1.5 4:00 (19-1))
  • Quarterfinal - Russ Boackle (Gardendale) 45-7 won by decision over Aiden Knight (McAdory) 59-16 (Dec 5-3)
  • Quarterfinal - Chase Hicks (Oxford) 51-8 won by tech fall over Ezell Wood (Park Crossing) 24-3 (TF-1.5 4:00 (20-2))
  • Quarterfinal - Saxon Coker (Benjamin Russell) 62-4 won by decision over Jordyn Johnson (Clay-Chalkville) 47-4 (Dec 5-0)

6A 160

  • Quarterfinal - Reed Hill (Oxford) 55-2 won by decision over Jacob Champion (McAdory) 61-21 (Dec 9-2)
  • Quarterfinal - Preston Royster (Chelsea) 42-5 won by fall over Jordan Mcglothen (Robertdale) 16-11 (Fall 2:50)
  • Quarterfinal - Jake Snow (Spanish Fort) 59-3 won by tech fall over Charles Caneer (Buckhorn) 19-11 (TF-1.5 5:21 (18-3))
  • Quarterfinal - Carson Kim (Gardendale) 39-3 won by tech fall over Jeremiah Cherry daniel (Stanhope Elmore) 34-9 (TF-1.5 4:47 (15-0))

6A 170

  • Quarterfinal - Derrick Orvik (Gardendale) 22-3 won by major decision over Savian Graham (McAdory) 62-22 (MD 14-3)
  • Quarterfinal - Hezekiah Hunter (Benjamin Russell) 58-7 won by fall over Logan Farmer (Athens) 13-4 (Fall 1:03)
  • Quarterfinal - John Paul Uter (Gulf Shores) 64-4 won by fall over Tanner Clowdus (Pell City) 56-17 (Fall 4:43)
  • Quarterfinal - Levi Miller (Homewood) 9-4 won by decision over Connor Mims (Chelsea) 41-8 (Dec 6-3)

6A 182

  • Quarterfinal - John-mark Crocker (Homewood) 24-3 won by fall over Keyon Ezelle (Carver-Birmingham) 34-19 (Fall 3:59)
  • Quarterfinal - D`andre` Wilkerson (Minor) 31-12 won by fall over Tabarro Reed (Baldwin Co.) 43-9 (Fall 1:24)
  • Quarterfinal - Mason Blackwell (Wetumpka) 61-2 won by fall over Keeshon Siaosi (Oxford) 28-12 (Fall 0:42)
  • Quarterfinal - Jackson Carey (Gulf Shores) 39-7 won by decision over Kennedy Wyatt (Gardendale) 42-14 (Dec 7-5)

6A 195

  • Quarterfinal - Chanceton Holifield (Oxford) 23-8 won by decision over Jon Davis (Daphne) 33-15 (Dec 3-2)
  • Quarterfinal - Drake Ewing (Gulf Shores) 33-11 won by major decision over Chris Cornutt (Clay-Chalkville) 40-10 (MD 9-1)
  • Quarterfinal - Noah Bauer (Spanish Fort) 57-4 won by major decision over Canon Mellott (Muscle Shoals) 21-6 (MD 11-3)
  • Quarterfinal - Elliot Gage (Chelsea) 39-5 won by fall over Elias Trejo (Homewood) 31-13 (Fall 5:57)

6A 220

  • Quarterfinal - Daion Campbell (Mae Jemison) 31-3 won by fall over Keshaun Watts (Park Crossing) 20-6 (Fall 1:04)
  • Quarterfinal - Riley Kuhn (Fort Payne) 31-3 won by decision over Colton Danielson (Russell Co.) 77-9 (Dec 7-4)
  • Quarterfinal - Nathan Dunaway (Helena) 44-0 won by fall over Carson Peak (Spanish Fort) 24-9 (Fall 0:59)
  • Quarterfinal - Abe Preston (Wetumpka) 41-13 won in sudden victory - 1 over Robert Montgomery (Chelsea) 40-8 (SV-1 5-3)

6A 285

  • Quarterfinal - Izziah Williams (Clay-Chalkville) 43-6 won by decision over Hunter Claborn (Decatur) 12-8 (Dec 5-3)
  • Quarterfinal - Terrell Barton (Buckhorn) 48-2 won by injury default over Curtis Norris (Benjamin Russell) 22-6 (Inj. 5:11)
  • Quarterfinal - Michael Dawson (Opelika) 49-0 won by fall over Kobe Shumaker (Oxford) 37-14 (Fall 1:53)
  • Quarterfinal - Dylan Daring (Shades Valley) 43-6 won by fall over Donovan Hawkins (Pinson Valley) 8-6 (Fall 2:20)

Thompson, Wetumpka, Alexandria Take Leads at AHSAA South Sectional Wrestling

Vestavia Hills, Gardendale, Arab lead the North

   MONTGOMERY – Thompson High School’s defending Class 7A state wrestling champions took the first-day Friday at Montgomery’s Garrett Coliseum in the AHSAA South Super Sectional Wrestling Championships.
    The Warriors posted 79.5 points, followed by Oak Mountain (64.5), Hoover (57), Auburn (49), Smith Station and Tuscaloosa County, with 48 each.
    Wetumpka holds a slim one-point lead over Benjamin Russell in Class 6A. The Indians totaled 99.5 points and the Wildcats had 98.5. Defending state champion McAdory was third with 94.5 points, followed by Spanish Fort (79) and Chelsea (73.5) to round out the top five.
    Alexandria’s Valley Cubs posted 84 points to lead Class 1A/5A. Lincoln was second with 71.5, Ranburne was third with 69.5, Beauregard totaled 69 and Weaver 58 points.
   Action was much closer at the AHSAA North Super Sectional at the CrossPlex Bill Harris Arena in Birmingham and Friday. Vestavia Hills topped the 7A competition after day one with 68 points followed by Huntsville (50), Bob Jones (47.5), Hewitt-Trussville (32) and Mountain Brook (30).
    2020 duals champ Gardendale had 103 points to top the Class 6A team standings. Oxford (85.5) was second with Homewood (67.5), Fort Payne (65) and Mae Jemison (62) rounding out the top five.
    Arab had 143 points to lead the North 1A/5A teams. Jasper totaled 119.5 points and is second followed by Corner (98.5), Southside-Gadsden (91.5) and Ashville (87).
   Saturday’s final day of action gets underway at 9 a.m., with consolation and championship matches set to be completed using a rolling schedule. Complete results can be found by clicking on the Track Wrestling icon in the in-season wrestling section on the front page of Just follow the prompts to the menu.
Track Wrestling is producing both super Sectional wrestling meets and next week’s for the NFHS Network. The top four finishers in each weight division at each Super Sectional will advance to the State Championships next week (Feb. 13-14-15) at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center.


Thompson, Gardendale, Arab Claim AHSAA Wrestling Duals Tourney Crowns

BIRMINGHAM – The AHSAA’s two most powerful Class 7A programs met for the first time this season in the 2020 Wrestling Duals Tournament finals and the defending champion Thompson Warriors (19-5) emerged with the win 41-24 over the Vestavia Hills Rebels (16-4) Friday night at the Birmingham CrossPlex Bill Harris Arena. Gardendale won the 6A title beating Oxford 45-28 and Arab beat Ranburne 40-26 in the 1A/5A finals.
   Thompson was making its third appearance in four years, also winning the title in 2019 and finishing as runner-up in 2018. Vestavia Hills won the first 7A duals crown in 2017 and was making its second appearance in the duals’ four-year history.
   Vestavia Hills’ Dawson Ray turned in the fastest win with a pin just 34 seconds into his 285-pound match with Thompson’s Tucker Hutson. Rebels teammate Jacob Gammill started the match with a pin at 1.55 in the 182-pound match with Carson Freeman of the Warriors. Thompson rallied to win nine matches with Michael Jackson (195 pounds) and Wilson Kennedy (138 pounds) wining by fall.
   The AHSAA state wrestling playoffs get underway with Super Sectional competition at Bill Harris Arena and Montgomery’s Garrett Coliseum Feb/ 7-8. The State Championships will be at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center Feb. 13-14-15.
Gardendale 40, Oxford 26
The third time was the charm for Gardendale’s wrestling team as the Rockets (16-5)  downed Oxford 40-26 to snap the Yellow Jackets’ three-year hold on the AHSAA Class 6A Wrestling Duals tournament championship.
    Oxford (19-14) beat Gardendale 42-27 for the title in 2019 and 30-23 in 2018. This time, the Rockets started fast and never let up on the way to their convincing win. Derrick Orvik posted a major decision win 11-0 in the 182-pound match, and Matt Franks followed with a pin at 195 pounds. Gardendale then won four matches in a row (106, 1113, 120 and 126 pounds) to take a commanding lead before Oxford’s Matt Hicks won at 132 pounds to keep a glimmer of hope for the Jackets. Gardendale closed out with wins by Russ Boackle at 152 pounds and Carson Kim at 160 pounds to seal their first duals title.
Arab 45, Ranburne 28

The Knights (36-2) fell behind early with the bigger weight divisions getting underway first. The little guys got Arab on track, however, and posted a 45-28 win over Ranburne (16-5) for the program’s third AHSAA Class 1A/5A Wrestling Duals tourney  title in the duals competition’s four-year history. Arab won in 2017 and 2018, but Scottsboro won in 2019.
   The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 19-0 lead winning the 182, 195, 220 and 285 weight divisions, but Arab dominated the lighter weights winning seven of the next eight matches. Cabe Dunn and Jacob Holland got the streak going at 106 and 113 pounds with pins in just 0:33 and 0:13 seconds.
   Spencer Jordan closed out Ranburne’s first appearance in the Duals finals with a pin at 160 pounds in just 47 seconds.
    Complete results follow.

AHSAA Wrestling Duals Tourney Champions
2020 Finals
Thompson 41, Vestavia Hills 24
6A: Gardendale 40, Oxford 26
1A/5A : Arab 45, Ranburne 28
2019 Finals

7A: Thompson 51, Bob Jones 12
6A: Oxford 42, Gardendale 27
1A/5A: Scottsboro 50, Saint James 24
2018 Finals
7A: Bob Jones 34, Thompson 29
6A: Oxford 30, Gardendale 23
1A/5A: Arab 34, Cleburne County 30
2017 Finals
7A: Vestavia Hills 47, Oak Mountain 19
6A: Oxford 40, Southside-Gadsden 24
1A/5A: Arab 43, Moody 19


Thompson 41, Vestavia Hills 24

106 pounds:  
Blaise Albarado (T) dec. Zach Flurry (VH), SV-1 10-8.
 pounds:  Yanni Vines (T) dec. Hasting Roberts (VH). Major dec., 15-5.
120 pounds: Christopher Hays (VH) dec. Cory Jones (T), 5-3.
126 pounds: James Latona (T) dec. Bryant Segars (VH), tech fall, 19-4.
132 pounds: Emmanuel Oliver (T) d. Leighton Reese (VH), maj. dec., 13-4.
138 pounds: Wilson Kennedy (T) pinned Luke Maluff (VH), 2:23.
145 pounds: Jack Lamey (VH dec. Will Garrett (T), major dec., 10-0.
152 pounds: Will Miller (T) dec. Chandler Merrill (VH), major dec., 10-2.
160 pounds: Ashunti Perry (T) dec. John Edwards (VH), 9-3.
170 pounds: Sam Willoughby (VH) d. William Browder (T), tech fall, 18-1.
182 pounds: Jacob Gammill (VH) pinned Carson Freeman (T), 1:55.
 pounds: Michael Jackson (T) pinned Trey Saunders (VH). 5:50.
 pounds: Alex Ward (T) pinned Bryce Littleton (VH), 2:15.
285 pounds:  Dawson Ray (VH) pinned Tucker Hutson (T), 0:34.

Gardendale 40, Oxford 26

106 pounds:
Daishun Powe (G) pinned Zachary Follett (O), 4:39.
113 pounds: Isaiah Powe (G) pinned Kaleb Shelton (O), 3:23.
120 pounds: Melton Powe (G) pinned Preston Smith (O), 2:15.
126 pounds: Brody Scoggin (G) dec. Michael Howell (O), 7-6.
132 pounds: Chase Hicks (O) dec. Luis Sanchez (G), major dec. 10-2.
 pounds: Jakob Chisolm (O) pinned Devyn Scoggins (G), 1:13.
145 pounds: Kendrick Young (O) pinned Vincent Ziegler (G), 4:10.
152 pounds: Russ Boackle (G) pinned Jaydon Thomas (O), 1:27.
160 pounds: Carson Kim (G) dec. Reed Hill (O), 14-8.
170 pounds: Tristen Latham (O) dec. Kenndy Wyatt (G), SV-1 14-12.
182 pounds: Derrick Orvik (G) def. Mason Blackwell (O), major dec., 11-0.
195 pounds: Matt Franks (G) pinned Chanceton Holifield (O), 2:28.
 pounds: Octavius Adair (O) dec. Jeremy Simpson (G), major dec., 11-3.
 pounds: Kobe Shumaker (O) dec. Gardendale, 13-11.

Arab 45, Ranburne 28

106 pounds:  
Cade Dunn (A) pinned Braden Driver (RA), 0:33.
113 pounds:  Jacob Holland (A) pinned Nate Merrill (RA), 0:13.
 pounds:  Austin Silva (A) dec. Brent Lovvorn (RA), tech fall 16-1.
 pounds:  Zack Buchanan (RA) dec, Dakoda Long (A), 6-3.
132 pounds:  Johsua Roe (A) pinned John Lexin Caldwell (RA), 5:56.
 pounds:  Patrick Lawler (A) pinned Hunter Hollis (RA), 5:21.
 pounds: Kaden King (A) pinned Jared McGinnis (RA), 2:39.
152 pounds: Michael Myslinski (A) pinned Rya Van Pelt (RS), 2:39.
160 pounds: Spencer Jordan (RA) pinned Caleb Roe (A), 0:47.
170 pounds: Ryan Morelan (A) dec. Damon Calhoun (RA), maj. Dec., 21-10.
 pounds: Jeremiah McCord (RA) pinned Christian Eaton (A), 3:56.
195 pounds: Christian Smith (RA) dec. Sam Atchley (A), 6-2.
220 pounds: Carson Hall (RA) dec. Xander Shipp (A), major dec., 10-2.
285 pounds: Ben Buchanan (RA) pinned Skylar Rodgers (A), 1:58.

Thompson Youth Movement Flexes Its Muscle at the Southeastern Pools Invite

MONTGOMERY – Thompson High School’s defending Class 7A state champion wrestling team graduated five individual state champions from its lineup last season. The Warriors are no signs of backing up, however, turning in a very strong showing to win its own Southeastern Pools Invitational tourney by almost 100 points.
   Thompson, coached by Sean Weltzin,  which graduated state champs at 113 pounds, 126 pounds, 138 pounds, 160 pounds and 220 pounds, burst into the AHSAA Wrestling Spotlight this week with seven individual wrestlers claiming weight division titles in last week’s very tough competition which many of the top teams in Alabama as well as Tennessee powerhouse McCallie of Chattanooga.
   The Warriors totaled 309 points with McCallie second with 21i.5, followed by Oak Mountain with 165, Hewitt-Trussville with 165 and Wetumpka, last year’s Class 6A runner-up, with 153.
   The meet was filled with outstanding grapplers – 168 matches were won by pins. In fact, in the 285-pound division 14 of the 16 matches were won by pins and one was won by default.
   Sophomore Yanni Vines (38-4) won the 133-pound title last week with a 4-2 decision over Isaiah Powe of Gardendale. Vines was third in the Class 7A state tourney last year at 106 pounds and finished with a 60-14 record. Sophomore James Latona (34-5), the 2019 7A runner-up at 120 pounds, moved up to 126 pounds this year and posted a 5-2 decision in last Saturday’s finals versus McCallie’s Emory Taylor.
    Other Thompson wrestlers winning their weight classes last week were Emmanuel Oliver (28-4) at 130 pounds; sophomore Will Garrett (20-11) at 145 pounds; junior Will Miller (37-4) at 152 pounds; senior Michael Jackson (31-5) at 195 pounds; and senior Alex Ward (32-6) at 220 pounds. Jackson won four matches by fall – tying him with 145-pounder Cole Burrough of Oak Mountain for the most in the tourney. Burrough finished fifth in his division.
   The Warriors had three other wrestlers in the finals, including seniors Ashunti Perry (20-9), William Browder (21-3) and junior Michael Bubel (7-6), at 160, 170 285 pounds, respectively.  Thompson’s other four wrestlers in its lineup finished third in their weight classes.
    The Warriors claimed a berth in the AHSAA Wrestling Duals Class 7A tourney as Region 2 winner, which gets underway this weekend. Thompson, the defending 7A duals champion as well, hosts Smiths Station at 5 p.m. Thursday. Vestavia Hills is at home versus Bob Jones and Huntsville hosts Hewitt-Trussville on Friday at 5 and 5:30 p.m., respectively. Auburn hosts Oak Mountain on Saturday at 3 p.m.  
    The Class 1A/5A and Class 6A divisions feature 16 teams in each division and will have four teams in each playoff event battling at four sites. The matches will be held either Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Defending 6A duals champ Oxford will host Northridge in a first-round match Thursday at 5:30 p.m., and will also host McAdory vs. Benjamin Russell in another first-round match. The two winners at each site will meet the same night with a quarterfinal match.  Defending 1A/5A duals champion Scottsboro did not qualify for this year’s duals tourney.
   All 7A winners, 6A and 1A/5A quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals on Tuesday, January 21. The first-round pairings are listed below.

Other Top Wrestling Performances

  • CORY LAND, MOODY: The AHSAA’s state champion at 106 pounds as a freshman and eighth grader, Land (27-0) won the 120-pound title at the Matt Tice Invitational at Leeds with a pin in the finals. The win extended his current high school winning streak to 78 in a row. According to data compiled in Track Wrestling, his last loss was in the 2018 South Super Section 106-pound finals when he was an eighth grader. His record the last three years is 126-2.

  • SULLIVAN TIPTON, OAK MOUNTAIN : The senior improved to 39-1 with a 7-1 decision over Mountain Brook sophomore Gray Ortis (26-4) in the 138-pound finals of the Southeastern Pools Invitational at Thompson.
  • JAY NOWLIN, WETUMPKA: The Indians’ 126-pounder had two pins at the Southeastern Pools tourney in a total of 38 seconds – winning in 18 seconds in the first round and wining a consolation match in just 20 seconds. He is now 21-14 on the season.
  • GEORGE McMINN, MOUNTAIN BROOK: McMinn (12-7), a junior in the 152-pound division, won his opening match at the Southeastern Pools Invitational at Thompson with a pin in just 14 seconds – the fastest pin of the tourney. He also won another match in the consolation bracket and finished fifth overall. Teammate Mason Brint had the second fastest pin in the meet needing just 15 seconds to win his quarterfinal match. He place fourth overall in the 220-pound division.

AHSAA Wrestling Duals Tournament
First-round Pairings
(Jan. 16, 17 or 18)

Regions 1/2 at Beauregard

First Round, Friday, Jan. 17

Tallassee vs. Saint James, 5:30 p.m.
Brewbaker Tech vs. Beauregard, 5:30 p.m.
Quarterfinals, Jan. 17

First-round winners,  6:30 p.m.

Region 3/4 at Ranburne
First Round, Friday, Jan. 17
Ranburne vs. Montevallo, 6:30 p.m.
Elmore County vs. Weaver, 6:30 p.m.
Quarterfinals, Jan. 17

First-round winners,  7:30 p.m.

Regions 5/6 at Moody
First Round, Thursday, Jan. 16
Alexandria vs. Mortimer Jordan, 6 p.m.
Moody vs. Southside-Gadsden, 6 p.m.
Quarterfinals, Jan. 16

First-round winners,  7 p.m.

Regions 7/8 at Jasper
First Round, Thursday, Jan. 16

Arab vs. Corner, 6 p.m.
Madison County vs. Jasper, 6 p.m.
Quarterfinals, Jan. 16

First-round winners,  7 p.m.


Regions 1/2 at Wetumpka

First Round, Friday, Jan. 17

Spanish Fort vs. Stanhope Elmore, 3 p.m.
Gulf Shores vs. Wetumpka, 4 p.m.
Quarterfinals, Jan. 17

First-round winners,  5 p.m.

Region 3/4 at Oxford
First Round, Thursday, Jan. 16
McAdory vs. Benjamin Russell, 5:30 p.m.
Oxford vs. Northridge, 5:30 p.m.
Quarterfinals, Jan. 16

First-round winners,  6:30 p.m.

Regions 5/6 at Chelsea Middle School
First Round, Thursday, Jan. 16
Gardendale vs. Helena, 5:30 p.m.
Chelsea vs. Clay-Chalkville, 5:30 p.m.
Quarterfinals, Jan. 16

First-round winners,  6:30 p.m.

Regions 7/8 at Mae Jemison
First Round, Saturday, Jan. 18

Mae Jemison vs. Decatur, 10 a.m.
Hartselle vs. Fort Payne, 10 a.m.
Quarterfinals, Jan. 18

First-round winners,  11 a.m.

First Round

Oak Mountain at Auburn, Saturday, Jan. 18, 3 p.m.
Smiths Station at Thompson, Thursday, Jan, 16, 5 p.m.
Bob Jones at Vestavia Hills, Friday, Jan. 17, 5 p.m.
Hewitt-Trussville at Huntsville, Friday, Jan. 17, 5:30 p.m.

All Classes

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Duals Finals, Friday, Jan. 24
Ben Harris Arena, Birmingham CrossPlex

Class 1A/5A Championship match, 6 p.m.
Class 6A Championship match, 6 p.m.
Class 7A Championship match, 6 p.m.
Weigh in is 5 p.m. for all classes

Benjamin Russell Senior Hezekiah Hunter’s Quick Pins Grabs AHSAA Wrestling Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – Senior wrestler Hezekiah Hunter of Benjamin Russell High School posted four wins at the Wetumpka Indians Invitational last week – three coming on pins in the first minute of each match – to capture the first AHSAA Wrestling Spotlight of the 2020 season.
    The Wildcats from Alexander City, coached by Michael Ransaw, had five wrestlers win individual weight classes and captured the meet with 255.5 points. Hunter, wrestling in the 170-pound division, earned 51.5 of his team’s total points with his dominating effort. He faced John Paul Uter of Gulf Shores, who came in ranked No. 1 in the state at 170 pounds in the Alabama Wrestling Coaches wrestling poll. Hunter, who was 42-10 as a junior and finished as Class 6A runner-up in the 2019 AHSAA state meet, pinned Uter at 1:36 to finish the tourney with four wins in less than four minutes total.
   Teammate Saxon Coker also won the 152-pound division gold with a 7-0 decision over Prattville’s Jonathan Drury in the finals to extend his winning streak to 28 straight matches. Nytshad Hannon also won the 126-pound title, Sandlin Pike won the 113-pound division and Kyle Mattox won at 120 pounds for Benjamin Russell.
    Coker (43-8), who had 28 straight wins after the Indians Invitational competition, followed up by finishing third at the Scott Rohrer Invitational at Hoover. He also finished second in last year’s state meet finishing 63-9 in the 152-pound weight class. The Wildcats finished third last in Class 6A last year behind McAdory and Wetumpka.
    The storied Benjamin Russell wrestling program have 14 state titles to their credit, which ranks second in the AHSAA Record Book behind Vestavia Hills’ 15. The Wildcats won 11 in a row from 1959-1969, which is still the AHSAA state record.

Other wrestling highlights:
REED HILL, OXFORD:  Hill (29-0), who won the AHSAA Class 6A state title at 152 pounds last year with a 59-3 record, led the Yellow Jackets to the Calhoun County Wrestling Tourney championship with a pin over Alexandria senior Connor Norris (23-12) in the 160-pound finals. Oxford finished with 226 points and the Valley Cubs finished second with 220. Sophomore Jaden New (32-0) led Alexandria’s effort with a 10-4 decision over Oxford junior Chase Hicks (24-5) in the 138-pound finals. New was 66-2 en route to winning the 132-pound state champion in Class 1A/5A last season
SAM WILLOUGHBY, VESTAVIA HILLS: The senior led the Rebels to the title of the Scott Rohrer Invitational at Hoover last week with a 7-4 decision over Benjamin Russell’s Hezekiah Hunter (38-5) in the finals of the 170-pound weight class. Willoughby (26-4), who finished third at 160 pounds at the 2019 AHSAA Class 7A State Championships, helped Vestavia Hills total 1,142 points in what has annually become one of the largest and most competitive wrestling tournaments annually in the AHSAA.
PETER HENDERSON, McADORY: The junior improved to 46-0 with a 5-3 decision over Zach Flurry of Vestavia Hills in the 106-pound finals of the Scott Rohrer Invitational at Hoover.
MAXWELL KAUFFMAN, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: The senior improved to 41-0 with a 10-2 major decision win over Canon Hunt of Catholic in the 145-pound finals at Hoover. He was 51-5 last season and finished as 132-pound state runner-up in Class 7A for the Red Devils.
DYLAN PEARSON, AUBURN: The junior (24-0) remained unbeaten with a win over Carter Gill of Vestavia Hills, who was injured at 0:59 in the 182-pound championship match at Hoover. Pearson, who was 33-0 last season, is the defending Class 7A state champion at 182 pounds. He had a winning streak of 57 straight wins following the battle with Gill.  He has compiled a 93-6 record over the last three years with one state title and one third-place finish heading into the 2020 state playoffs.
MASON BLACKWELL, WETUMPKA: The Indians’ state champ at 170 pounds last year, Blackwell (36-2) moved up one weight class this year and helped the Indians win the Julian McPhillips Invitational at Saint James last weekend with four pins in the 182-pound weight division. Blackwell, 72-2 in 2018, won his first match in 19 seconds last week and downed Prattville Christian’s Kurt Reichert in the finals with a pin at 2:27.

Additional Time Given to Evaluate Head, Neck Injuries in High School Wrestling


Additional Time Given to Evaluate Head, Neck Injuries

in High School Wrestling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         Contact: Elliot Hopkins

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 25, 2019) — In an ongoing effort to minimize the risk of injury in high school wrestling, additional time will be given to evaluate head and neck injuries when an appropriate health-care professional is present at a match.

    In addition to the 1½ minutes of injury time allotted for each wrestler, an appropriate health-care professional will have a maximum of five minutes to evaluate injuries to the head and neck involving the cervical column and/or nervous systems. At that point, the wrestler would have to continue or default the match.

            This revision in injury time in Rule 8-2-4 is one of 17 rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee at its April 3-5 meeting in Indianapolis. All recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. 

            A second injury to the head and neck involving cervical column and/or central nervous system in the same match shall require the wrestler to default the match. If an appropriate health-care professional is not present, all injuries to the head and neck would be covered by the same timeframe as other injuries. In the case of a wrestler exhibiting signs of a concussion, the individual would be removed from the match and could not return to competition in the absence of an appropriate health-care professional.

            In another change geared to increase the level of offensive wrestling, stalling has been removed from the progressive penalty chart and will be penalized separately. In Rule 8-1-4, the first penalty for stalling will be a warning. The opponent will be awarded one match point on the second and third offenses, two match points and choice of position on the next restart for the fourth offense. A fifth offense for stalling will result in disqualification.

            “By removing stalling from the progressive penalty sequence, officials will be able to penalize wrestlers more freely without complicating the matter when it is combined with other penalties,” said Elliot Hopkins, director of sports and student services and liaison to the Wrestling Rules Committee. “Removing the stalling call from the penalty progression will allow officials more freedom to call stalling earlier, more consistently and without hesitation when they feel it is warranted.” 

            Changes were made in several rules dealing with uniform requirements in an effort to ensure that male and female wrestlers are properly attired on the mat during competition.

            All contestants wearing a one-piece singlet shall wear a suitable undergarment that completely covers the buttocks and groin area. Female wrestlers wearing a one-piece singlet shall wear a form-fitted compression undergarment that completely covers their breasts.

            In other uniform and equipment changes, if shoelaces come undone, the penalty is an automatic stalling call. In Rule 4-2-1, hair-treatment items that are hard and/or abrasive, such as beads, bobby pins, barrettes, pins and hair clips, shall not be permitted. A legal hair-controlled device such as a rubber band shall be secured so as not to come out readily during wrestling.

            “Hair that is manipulated poses no threat to either wrestler,” Hopkins said. “It is neither abrasive nor cumbersome. However, physical hair treatments do present a risk to either wrestler due to the hardness, texture or abrasiveness, and should not be allowed.”

            In other changes, Rule 7-3-1 now states that “when the referee feels that either wrestler has failed to make every effort to stay inbounds during an imminent scoring situation, the offending wrestler shall be penalized for fleeing the mat. . .”     

             “This change allows the referee to only apply the technical violation call of fleeing when the action is related specifically to a scoring situation,” Hopkins said. “All other types of leaving the wrestling area as a means of avoiding wrestling would fall under the rule of stalling.”

            According to the 2017-18 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, wrestling is the seventh-most popular sport for boys with 245,564 participants in 10,775 schools. In addition, there were 16,562 girls who participated in wrestling in 2,351 schools.



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Thompson, McaDory and Moody Capture State Wrestling Titles as 64th AHSAA Championships Conclude

HUNTSVILLE – Defending Class 7A state champion Thompson High School captured its seventh state championship Saturday while McAdory and Moody claimed each school’s first-ever state crowns in the Class 6A and Class 1A/5A divisions, respectively.
     The Warriors of Coach Sean Weltzin, who had eight wrestlers in the finals Saturday, concluded with 180 points, shattering the previous state record set by Thompson (140) in 2015. Hoover was second with 116.5 points and Vestavia Hills was third with 97.
    McAdory, coached by Blake Dutton, placed seven wrestlers in the finals with all seven winning their weight class titles and finished with 154 points.  Wetumpka was a close second with 137.5 and Benjamin Russell was third with 136.
    And in the 1A/5A division, Moody, coached by Greg Jefcoat, posted 148.5 points to nip defend champion Arab, which finished 8.5 points behind at 140.  Scottsboro was third with 122.
    Steve Bell of McAdory concluded his senior season pinning Benjamin Russell senior Robert Graham in the finals to close at 91-0 to earn Class 6A meet MVP honors – tying the NFHS national record for wins in a season. His win broke the state record (90-0) set by Macon Edwards of Fultondale in 2016.  McAdory’s Turner Black also won the 182-pound title with a pin over Wetumpka’s Noah Barclay to finish the season 90-1 – tying Edwards’ previous mark.
    Thompson senior Gabe Hixenbaugh (44-3) led the Warriors’ domination in Class 7A with his fifth state title with a technical fall win over Conner Dubble of Hoover in the 138-pound finals. Hixenbaugh finished his career 249-17 – only three matches in competition against AHSAA competition in the seventh grade and then went unbeaten in the state the last five seasons.
    Chandler Akins (53-6) closed out his senior season winning the 126-pound title for his third state crown for the Warriors.
    Moody had five wrestlers in the finals with three, Cory Land (47-0), Sage Hughes (66-7) and Rashad Clark (66-2) each winning state titles at 106, 145 and 152 pounds, respectively.
   Senior Christian Knop (71-0) of Alexandria closed out his career with a pin at 195 pounds in 1A/5A over Corner sophomore Cole Fuller (48-7) to become the first AHSAA wrestler to win four state titles with undefeated records. The North Carolina State signee finished his career 235-0 to rank third nationally in consecutive wins. The national record for consecutive wins, according to the NFHS Record Book, is 260 – set by Hesperia (MN) wrestler Justin Zeerip from 2004-2008. Alex Tsirtsis of Griffin (IN) ranks second with 236. Knop’s total ranks him third. Knop had most pins (4 in 8:40) in 1A/5A and teammate Fletcher Swindall was named most valuable wrestler.
     St. John Paul II Catholic senior Jayson Spencer (39-2) defeated Hayden’s Colby Hallmark (58-5) 7-6 in what was judged as the best match of the finals in 1A/5A to win the first individual title in school history. The blind wrestler is a senior.
     Clay-Chalkville’s Jack Jones had most pins in Class 6A for the meet (4 in 4:15) while the 152-pound match between Oxford’s Reed Hill and Benjamin Russell’s Saxon Coker was judged best match.
    Grissom’s Tyler Ivey was named 7A MVP. Thompson’s Derek Hussey had most pins (3 in 8:13), and best match was Hayden McDonald of Mountain Brook vs. Hoover’s Jack White in the 195 pound finals.
    Complete Saturday results:  

Team Scoring (Top 10)
Moody 148.5; Arab 140; Scottsboro 122; Alexandria 106.5; Southside-Gadsden 86.5; Saint James 86; Mortimer Jordan 80; Elmore County 69; Ranburne 67; Hayden 65.
Individual Finals
     The complete championship pairings include:.

AHSAA Wrestling Championships
Saturday’s Championship Matches
Team Scoring (Top 10)
Moody 148.5; Arab 140; Scottsboro 122; Alexandria 106.5; Southside-Gadsden 86.5; Saint James 86; Mortimer Jordan 80; Elmore County 69; Ranburne 67; Hayden 65.
Individual Finals
106 pounds:
Cory Land, Moody (47-0), Fr.  def.  Jacob Holland, Arab (69-6), So. (dec. 8-2)
113 pounds:
Jackson Elder, American Christian (34-1), Sr., def. Parker Dodd, Moody (58-11), So. (3-2)
120 pounds:
Jacob Dease, Southside-Gadsden (59-5), So. Def. Will Jefcoat, Moody (34-5), Sr. (MD 13-3)
126 pounds:
Fletcher Swindall, Alexanderia (63-1) def. Jackson Howard, Saint James (41-3), Sr. (dev. 7-0)
132 pounds:
Jaden New, Alexandria (66-2), Fr. def. Cody Souder, Weaver (64-11), So. (MD 15-3)
138 pounds:
Garrett McClendon, Arab (67-7), Sr. def. Evan Vieira, New Hope (35-6), Jr. (pinn, 1:38)
145 pounds:
Sage Hughes, Moody, Sr. (66-7) def. Zeke Smotherman, Madison County (30-5), Jr. (dec. 12-10)
152 pounds:
Rashad Clark, Moody (66-2), Sr. def. Zachary Williamson, Cleburne County (44-4), Jr. (pin 2:38)
160 pounds:
Jayson Spencer, St. John Paul II (38-2), Sr. def. Colby Hallmark, Hayden (58-5), Sr. (dec. 7-6)
170 pounds:
Gerrard McCarron, St. John Paul II Catholic (36-2), Sr. def. Damian Ramirez, Scottsboro (37-4), Sr. (SV-1, 3-1)
182 pounds:
Kolton Clark, Scottsboro (36-1), Sr. def. Andy Baker, Tallassee (24-2), Sr. MD 12-1)
195 pounds:
Christian Knop, Alexandria (71-0), Sr. def. Cole Fuller, Corner (48-7) So. (pin 3:21)
220 pounds: Skyler Mizzell, St. Clair County (59-4), Sr. def. Caleb Anderson, Scottsboro (31-7), Sr. (dec. 4-2)
285 pounds:
Michael Barnes, Mortimer Jordan (40-5) Sr. def. Ronny Henderson, Dora (45-7), Jr. (dec. 3-2)

fTeam Scoring (Top 10)
McAdory 154; Wetumpka 137.5; Benjamin Russell 136; Oxford 122; Clay-Chalkville 110; Gardendale 90; Mae Jemison 86.5; Gulf Shores 84; Helena 82; Opelika 70.

Individual Finals
106 pounds:
Xander McWilliams, Wetumpka (68-4), So.  def. Blake Isbell, Pell City (45-11), Jr. (dec. 5-0)
113 pounds:
Tyrique Simms, Mae Jemison (30-12), So. def. Michael Moran, Helena (45-7), Jr. (dec. 11-6)
120 pounds: Kyler Adams, Wetumpka (65-3), So. def. Gabriel Warren, Spanish Fort (73-8), Fr. (dec. 6-3)
126 pounds:
Will Miller, Helena (50-6) def. Landon Burrage, Oxford (51-11), Sr. (dec. 6-0)
132 pounds:
Steven Bell, McAdory (91-0), Sr. def. Robert Graham, Benjamin Russell (45-15), Sr. (pin, 2:40)
138 pounds:
Deacon Cowart, Athens (34-5), Sr. def. Blake Crocker, Pinson Valley (26-14), Jr (MD 14-3)
145 pounds:
Jakob Chisolm, Oxford (59-4), So. def. Desmond Pearson, Mae Jemison (38-3), Jr. (8-4)
152 pounds:
Reed Hill, Oxford (59-3), Jr. def. Sason Coker, Benjamin Russell (63-9), Jr. (dec. 3-0)
160 pounds:
Ryan Spradley, Benjamin Russell (65-10), Sr. def. Tracy Reed, Pinson Valley (28-6), Jr. (dec. 11-8)
170 pounds:
Mason Blackwell, Wetumpka (72-2), So. def. Hezekiah Hunter, Benjamin Russell (42-10), Jr. (MD 10-2)
182 pounds:
Turner Black, McAdory (90-1), Sr. def. Noah Barclay, Wetumpka (54-4), Sr. (pin, 5:24)
195 pounds:
A.J. Talton, Clay-Chalkville (46-1), Sr. def. Braiden Williams, Baldwin County (44-2), Sr. (pin, 4:42)
220 pounds:
Carlos Figueroa, Homewood (44-0), Sr. def. Nathan Dunaway, Helena (41-4), Jr. (pin, 3:18)
285 pounds: Jack Jones, Clay-Chalkville (44-1), Sr. def. Curtis Norris, Benjamin Russell (38-8), Jr. (pin, 1:34)

Team Scoring (Top 10)
Thompson 180; Hoover 116.5; Vestavia Hills 97; Bob Jones 92; Hewitt-Trussville 61.5; Spain Park 48; Grissom 40; Oak Mountain 38; Mountain Brook 36; Huntsville 33.

Individual Finals
106 pounds:
Zaderian Toney, Bob Jones (21-0), Sr. def. Ryan Summerlin, Vestavia Hills (49-7), Fr. (dec. 5-1)
113 pounds:
Dylan Lesueur Thompson (49-2), Sr. def. Nick Smith, Hoover (46-7), Jr. (MD 14-2)
120 pounds: Tyler Ivey, Grissom (47-0), Sr. def. James Latona, Thompson (57-12), Fr. (dec. 5-1)
126 pounds:
Chandler Akins, Thompson (53-6), Sr. def. Sullivan Tipton, Oak Mountain (44-7), Jr. (dec. 6-0)
132 pounds:
Cole Thomas, Oak Mountain (25-4), Sr. def. Jack Rivers, Spain Park (55-9), Sr. (pin, 4:26)
138 pounds:
Gabe Hixenbaugh, Thompson (44-3), Sr.  def. Conner Dubble, Hoover (27-14), Sr. (TF 4:48 27-2)
145 pounds:
Stone Barden, Hewitt-Trussville (33-1), Sr. def. Maxwell Kauffman, Central-Phenix City (63-1), Sr. (dec. 6-5)
152 pounds:
Cale Land, Hewitt-Trussville (39-5) Sr. def. Cole Williams, Huntsville (34-12), Sr. (MD 15-7)
160 pounds:
Derek Hussey, Thompson (50-4), Sr. def. Gabriel Pittman, Bob Jones (29-10), Sr. (pin, 1:23)
170 pounds:
Peter Dazzio, Vestavia Hills (45-3), Sr. def. Ashunti Perry, Thompson (36-17), Jr. (dec. 9-4)
182 pounds:
Dylan Pearson, Auburn (33-0), Jr. def. Tyler Gilson, Thompson (36-17), Jr. (MD 11-2)
195 pounds:
Jack White, Hoover (14-2),  Fr. def. Hayden McDonald, Mountain Brook (26-4), Sr. (dec. 8-6)
220 pounds:
Isaac McAdams, Thompson (49-17), Sr. def. Bryce Carnes, Hoover (22-5), Sr. (dec. 7-4)
285 pounds:
Jaxon Bast, Spain Park (58-5), Jr. def. Matt Burrow, James Clemens (19-6), Sr. (dec. 10-5)


106 Pounds
3rd Place: Daniel Farias (Fultondale) 74-9, So. over Andrew Maxwell (East Limestone) 45-10, Fr. (MD 11-3)
5th Place: Logan Samples (Saint Clair County) 39-20, 8th. over Travis Bellar (Weaver) 46-25, So. (MD 10-2)
113 Pounds
3rd Place:
Trent Robertson (Susan Moore) 29-5, Jr. over Calan Staub (Southside) 47-22, Fr. (Dec 7-1)
5th Place: Evan Phillips (Hayden) 64-12, 8th. over Austin Silva (Arab) 55-13, Fr. (Dec 10-6)
120 Pounds
3rd Place:
Bronson Jackson (Arab) 42-7, Fr. over Luke Richman (Westminster Christian) 36-12, Fr. (MD 12-1)
5th Place:  Wes Christie (St. James) 37-10, Sr. over Jemari Harris (Montevallo) 41-7, Jr. (Fall 3:19)
126 Pounds
3rd Place:
Ryan St. john (Hayden) 70-8, Sr. over Jacob Taunton (Elmore County) 49-10, Sr. (TF-1.5 4:20 (18-2)
5th Place: Jacob Richman (Westminster Christian) 32-12, Sr. over Carlos Chavez (Dora) 45-6, Sr. (For.)
132 Pounds
3rd Place:
Sebastian Oswalt (Mortimer Jordan) 49-10, Jr. over Zack Haynes (Tallassee) 37-4, Jr. (For.)
5th Place: Patrick Lawler (Arab) 77-14, 8th. over Trent Gilliam (Springville) 52-28, Fr. (Fall 1:55)
138 Pounds
3rd Place:
Maney Havis (Jasper) 49-13, So. over Chase Cunningham (Fultondale) 76-13, Jr. (SV-1 3-1)
5th Place: Benjamin Sanders (Southside) 38-22, Sr. over Gabe Robbins (St. James) 41-7, Jr. (Fall 4:05)
145 Pounds
3rd Place:
Chayanne Sanchez (Elmore County) 50-8, Sr. over Nathan Bahrik (Dora) 32-10, Sr. (Fall 2:51)
5th Place: Mathew Williamson (Cleburne County) 42-7, So. over Trey Gaines (St. James) 28-3, Sr. (For.)
152 Pounds
3rd Place:
Jordan Kiley (Mortimer Jordan) 46-11, Sr. over Nick Miller (New Hope) 13-5, Sr. (Fall 2:23)
5th Place: Ethan Scrivner (Saint Clair County) 63-28, So. over Mason Bell (Tallassee) 57-11, So. (Dec 1-0)
160 Pounds
3rd Place:
Daniel Vazquez (Moody) 64-8, Sr. over Connor Calfee (Scottsboro) 30-6, Sr. (Dec 6-4)
5th Place: Jack Burt (Montgomery Catholic) 55-7, Jr. over Spencer Jordan (Ranburne) 40-12, Jr. (Dec 4-3)
170 Pounds
3rd Place:
Ethan Stevenson (Southside) 39-10, Sr. over Mark Stitt (Jasper) 56-18, Sr. (Fall 5:00)
5th Place: Cody Gilson (Tallassee) 52-9, Sr. over Mac Johnson (St. James) 39-6, Sr. (Dec 4-0)
182 Pounds
3rd Place:
Kyle Hugley (Beauregard) 53-4, Sr. over Peyton Mullenix (American Christian) 29-8, Sr. (Dec 4-3)
5th Place: Ethan Bozarth (White Plains) 46-7, Jr. over Sam Atchley (Arab) 63-15, Jr. (Fall 4:36)
195 Pounds
3rd Place:
Christian Smith (Ranburne) 43-6, Jr. over Rankin Allen (Montevallo) 27-6, Jr. (TF-1.5 3:17 (19-4)
5th Place: Riley Dothard (White Plains) 42-11, Sr. over Garrett Moseley (Elmore County) 52-10, Sr. (Fall 2:25)
220 Pounds
3rd Place:
Sean Caleb Allison (Weaver) 69-4, Sr. over Logan Smith (Piedmont) 32-6, Sr. (Fall 3:46)
5th Place: Ben Buchanan (Ranburne) 24-8, Jr. over Brodie Vinson (Jasper) 43-13, So. (Fall 3:19)
285 Pounds
3rd Place:
Bradford Womack (Scottsboro) 19-2, Sr. over Evan Cooper (Piedmont) 42-4, Sr. (Dec 4-0)
5th Place:
Skylar Payne (Alexandria) 45-18, Sr. over Matt Brown (Elmore County) 35-18, So. (Fall 1:56)

106 Pounds
­­3rd Place:
Peter Henderson (McAdory) 79-10, So. over David Miguel (Fort Payne) 35-12, So. (Dec 8-4)
5th Place: Melton Powe (Gardendale) 49-12, Fr. over Seth Mcgrew (Helena) 35-25, Fr. (Fall 4:14)
113 Pounds
3rd Place:
George Vazquez (Pinson Valley) 33-3, Sr. over Gabe Sweat (Buckhorn) 37-13, So. (Dec 8-3)
5th Place: Mason Shell (Pell City) 57-14, Jr. over Alex Webb (Gardendale) 49-12, So. (Dec 10-7)
120 Pounds
3rd Place:
Brody cross Earley (McAdory) 23-3, Fr. over Cote Blalock (Fort Payne) 46-10, Fr. (Fall 4:49)
5th Place: Ethan Mccord (Stanhope Elmore) 41-11, So. over Corey Jones (Shades Valley) 32-13, Jr. (For.)
126 Pounds
3rd Place:
Bryce Wanagat (Pelham) 41-13, Fr. over Brady George (Gulf Shores) 43-10, Jr. (Dec 2-1)
5th Place: Donald Phillips (McAdory) 69-16, Fr. over Matthew Craig (Athens) 29-18, Sr. (Fall 1:56)
132 Pounds
3rd Place:
JC Williams (Clay-Chalkville) 39-8, Sr. over Wesley Slick (Oxford) 46-10, Sr. (Dec 1-0)
5th Place: Toby Nguyen (Buckhorn) 30-16, Jr. over Seth Patrick (Hartselle) 23-25, Sr. (Dec 6-5)
138 Pounds
3rd Place:
Gage Hudson (Gulf Shores) 56-6, Sr. over Kaleb Jones (Wetumpka) 60-18, Sr. (MD 12-2)
5th Place: Sebastian Berres (Mae Jemison) 24-10, Jr. over Keenan Wyatt (Gardendale) 43-13, Fr. (For.)
145 Pounds
3rd Place:
Brandon Seawright (Minor) 37-3, Jr. over Micah Brasher (Gulf Shores) 35-11, Sr. (Dec 3-1)
5th Place: Ezell Wood (Park Crossing) 26-5, Jr. over Cole Blackwell (Wetumpka) 60-9, Sr. (For.)
152 Pounds
3rd Place:
Russ Boackle (Gardendale) 24-11, Jr. over Michael Flynn (Mae Jemison) 36-6, Sr. (UTB 2-2)
5th Place: Ian Singer (Park Crossing) 22-7, Sr. over Levert Jefferson (Clay-Chalkville) 35-17, Jr. (Dec 9-7)
160 Pounds
3rd Place:
Jackson Stocks (Pell City) 49-5, Sr. over John paul Uter (Gulf Shores) 44-9, Jr. (Dec 6-2)
5th Place: Carson Kim (Gardendale) 34-12, So. over Joseph Chimento (Pelham) 30-10, Sr. (Dec 4-0)
170 Pounds
3rd Place:
Sam Ingram (Chelsea) 60-5, Sr. over Noah Bauer (Spanish Fort) 58-12, Jr. (MD 11-2)
5th Place: Theo Maxwell (Clay-Chalkville) 42-7, Sr. over F F (Opelika) 26-9, Jr. (For.)
182 Pounds
3rd Place: Jordan Hunter (Buckhorn) 26-3, Sr. over Hakeem Stanford (Chelsea) 33-12, Sr. (Fall 1:37)
5th Place: Derrick Orvik (Gardendale) 31-10, So. over Timothy Tolbert (Opelika) 47-18, Sr. (Fall 4:42)
195 Pounds
3rd Place:
Octavius Adair (Oxford) 16-7, Jr. over Riley Kuhn (Fort Payne) 45-8, So. (Fall 2:57)
5th Place: Diaris Donaldson (Mae Jemison) 32-12, Sr. over Trinity Vaughns (Opelika) 53-14, Sr. (Fall 2:39)
220 Pounds
3rd Place:
Adam Portillo (McAdory) 79-12, Jr. over Bevin Williams (Opelika) 55-6, Sr. (Dec 4-1)
5th Place: Damien Lawry (Benjamin Russell) 32-9, So. over Dominic Ellis (Minor) 28-13, Sr. (Fall 1:28)
285 Pounds
3rd Place:
Rasheed Todd (McAdory) 68-10, Sr. over Cameron Reese (Opelika) 45-7, So. (Fall 0:33)
5th Place: Avion Woods (Hueytown) 27-7, . over Terrell Barton (Buckhorn) 34-12, Jr. (Dec 7-4)

106 Pounds
3rd Place:
Yanni Vines (Thompson) 60-14, Fr. over John robert Thompson (Spain Park) 27-6, 8th. (MD 17-3)
113 Pounds
3rd Place:
Zaevian Toney (Bob Jones) 29-7, Sr. over Zander Fields (Huntsville) 29-15, So. (Dec 7-2)
120 Pounds
3rd Place:
Logan Reaves (Hewitt-Trussville) 30-11, Fr. over Bryant Segars (Vestavia Hills) 45-21, Jr. (Dec 5-3)
126 Pounds
3rd Place:
Samuel Jaggears (Gadsden City) 43-2, Jr. over Riley Huff (Hoover) 27-8, Sr. (Dec 1-0)
132 Pounds
3rd Place:
Lucas Reaves (Hewitt-Trussville) 30-19, Fr. over Tyler Tanaka (Auburn) 38-14, Jr. (Dec 3-2)
138 Pounds
3rd Place:
Nathaniel Nailen (Vestavia Hills) 49-12, Sr. over Abe Alrefai (Bob Jones) 22-8, Sr. (Fall 3:00)
145 Pounds
3rd Place:
Jordan Whalen (Bob Jones) 35-6, Sr. over John Townsend (Mountain Brook) 47-7, Sr. (Dec 7-0)
152 Pounds
3rd Place:
Raequan Mccray (Bob Jones) 30-8, Sr. over John Edwards (Vestavia Hills) 51-22, Fr. (Fall 4:58)
160 Pounds
3rd Place:
Sam Willoughby (Vestavia Hills) 40-13, Jr. over Josh Reynolds (Hoover) 42-16, Sr. (Dec 6-3)
170 Pounds
3rd Place:
Cal Francovitch (Bob Jones) 27-9, Sr. over J t Foster (Hoover) 33-19, So. (Fall 3:57)
182 Pounds
3rd Place:
Jack Higgins (Mountain Brook) 42-8, Jr. over Dawson Rye (Hoover) 23-14, So. (Fall 2:05)
195 Pounds
3rd Place:
Rob Barrentine (Vestavia Hills) 31-8, Sr. over Harrison Hemmerly (Grissom) 27-9, Sr. (Fall 2:16)
220 Pounds
3rd Place:
Kyle Watson (Smiths Station) 51-14, Fr. over Cole Batson (Huntsville) 37-8, Jr. (Dec 3-2)
285 Pounds
3rd Place:
Ellis Adams (Hoover) 11-3, Sr. over Reggie Fowler (R.e.) 17-4, Jr. (MD 8-0)

Thompson Moves into AHSAA Class 7A Wrestling Finals with a record 151.5 Points already in the Bank

HUNTSVILLE – Defending state champion Thompson High School posted 151.5 points Friday in the first day of Class 7A competition to shatter the AHSA State Championship meet record (140.0) set by Coach Sean Weltzin’s Warriors in 2015.
    The team record was one of several that stood at the end of the day as the AHSAA’s 64th State Championships concluded day two of the three-day meet at the Von Braun Center.
    The 7A points total was set originally by Thompson over both days – in the first year the AHSAA had installed the new classification  consisting of the largest 32 schools in the state. The 7A division qualifies only eight wrestlers in each weight division for the state meet while the 6A and 1A/5A divisions qualify 16.
 The consolation finals will kick off the action Saturday at 9:30 a.m., and the championship matches are set to start at 11:30 a.m., beginning with the 103-pound finals in all divisions. The state meet will conclude with the 285-pound weight classes. All matches will be streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based program thanks to its wrestling partner TrackWrestling.
    Thompson’s “current record” will surely fall Saturday since the Warriors advanced eight to the state finals. Among them is senior Gabe Hixenbaugh (43-3), who will be facing Hoover’s Conner Dubble (27-13) in the 138-pound finals. Hixenbaugh, a four-time state champ, will be striving to become just the seventh wrestler in state history to win five state titles.  Chandler Akins (52-6), who has three state titles to his credit, will be in the 126-pound finals against Oak Mountain’s Sullivan Tipton (44-6).
    Thompson has a commanding lead over Hoover (108.5) and Vestavia Hills (82) in the 7A standings after Friday’s round.  Benjamin Russell (128), McAdory (126), Wetumpka (124.5) and defending state champion Oxford (110) were bunched together at the top of 6A standings after Friday’s competition. Moody (132.5) held a slim lead over defending state champion Arab (127) and 2019 duals champion Scottsboro (115) in the 1A/5A division going into Saturday’s finals.
    Seniors Christian Knop of Alexandria and Steve Bell of McAdory stepped to the forefront Friday as both kept unbeaten streaks alive. Knop, who will be wrestling in the Class 1A/5A 195-pound division in the finals Saturday against Corner sophomore Cole Fuller (48-6), is 70-0 this season and could become the first wrestler in AHSAA history to win four state titles with undefeated records. He has won 234 consecutive matches, the AHSAA state record. The old record (201) was set by another Calhoun County wrestler, Mike Sutton of Weaver from 1999-2004.  The national record for consecutive wins, according to the NFHS Record Book, is 260 – set by Hesperia (MN) wrestler Justin Zeerip from 2004-2008. Alex Tsirtsis of Griffin (IN) ranks second with 236. Knop’s total ranks him third. 
    Bell, who improved to 90-0 on the season, tied the AHSAA single-season state record for wins with his semifinal win on Friday. The 132-pound wrestler  of McAdory is 90-0 on the year and   in the 6A 132-pound class and could become the state’s all-time single season wins leader with a win in the finals Saturday. Macon Edwards of Fultondale finished 90-0 in 2016 to set the mark – which ranks second nationally behind Colton Palmer’s 91-0 season in 2007 at Durham-Riverside (NC).
    McAdory’s Steve Black (89-1) also has a chance to tie the single-season state record after advancing to the Class 6A 182-pound finals Friday. The will meet senior Noah Barclay of Wetumpka (54-3) in the championship match.
    The complete championship pairings include:.

AHSAA Wrestling Championships
Saturday’s Championship Matches
CLASS 1A/5A Finals
106 pounds:
Cory Land, Moody (46-0), Fr. vs. Jacob Holland, Arab (69-5), So.
113 pounds:
Parker Dodd, Moody (58-10), So. vs. Jackson Elder, American Christian (33-1), Sr.
120 pounds: Jacob Dease, Southside-Gadsden (58-5), So. vs. Will Jefcoat, Moody (34-4), Sr.
126 pounds:
Jackson Howard, Saint James (41-2), Sr. vs. Fletcher Swindall, Alexandria, (62-1), Sr.
132 pounds:
Cody Souder, Weaver (64-10), So. vs. Jaden New, Alexandria (65-2), Fr.
138 pounds:
Garrett McClendon, Arab (66-7), Sr. vs. Evan Vieira, New Hope (35-5), Jr.
145 pounds:
Zeke Smotherman, Madison County (30-4), Jr. vs. Sage Hughes, Moody (65-7), Sr.
152 pounds:
Rashad Clark, Moody (65-2), Sr. vs. Zachary Williamson, Cleburne County (44-3), Jr.
160 pounds:
Colby Hallmark, Hayden (58-4), Sr. vs. Jayson Spencer, St. John Paul II Catholic (38-2), Sr.
170 pounds:
Gerrard McCarron, St. John Paul II Catholic (35-2), Sr. vs. Damian Ramirez, Scottsboro (37-3), Sr.
182 pounds:
Kolton Clark, Scottsboro (35-1), Sr. vs. Andy Baker, Tallassee (24-1), Sr.
195 pounds:
Cole Fuller, Corner (48-6) So. vs. Christian Knop, Alexandria (70-0), Sr.
220 pounds: Caleb Anderson, Scottsboro (31-6), Sr. vs. Skyler Mizzell, St. Clair County (58-4), Sr.
285 pounds: Michael Barnes, Mortimer Jordan (39-5) Sr. vs. Ronny Henderson, Dora (45-6), Jr.

Class 6A Finals
106 pounds:
Blake Isbell, Pell City (45-10), Jr. vs. Xander McWilliams, Wetumpka (67-4), So.
113 pounds:
Tyrique Simms, Mae Jemison (29-12), So. vs. Michael Moran, Helena (45-6), Jr.
120 pounds: Gabriel Warren, Spanish Fort (73-7), Fr. vs. Kyler Adams, Wetumpka (64-3, So.
126 pounds:  
Landon Burrage, Oxford (51-10), Sr. vs. Will Miller, Helena (49-6), So.
132 pounds:
Robert Graham, Benjamin Russell (45-14) vs. Steven Bell, McAdory (90-0), Sr.
138 pounds:
Deacon Cowart, Athens (33-5), Sr. vs. Blake Crocker, Pinson Valley (26-13), Jr.
145 pounds:
Desmond Pearson, Mae Jemison (38-2), Jr. vs. Jakob Chisolm, Oxford (58-4), So.
152 pounds:
Reed Hill, Oxford (58-3), Jr. vs. Sason Coker, Benjamin Russell (63-8), Jr.
160 pounds:
Tracy Reed, Pinson Valley (28-5), Jr. vs. Ryan Spradley, Benjamin Russell (64-10), Sr.
170 pounds:
Hezekiah Hunter, Benjamin Russell (42-9), Jr. vs. Mason Blackwell, Wetumpka (71-2), So.
182 pounds:
Noah Barclay, Wetumpka (54-3), Sr. vs. Turner Black, McAdory (89-1), Sr.
195 pounds:
A.J. Talton, Clay-Chalkville (45-1), Sr. vs. Braiden Williams, Baldwin County (44-1), Sr.
220 pounds:
Carlos Figueroa, Homewood (43-0), Sr. vs. Nathan Dunaway, Helena (41-3), Jr.
285 pounds: Jack Jones, Clay-Chalkville (43-1), Sr. vs. Curtis Norris, Benjamin Russell (38-7), Jr.

CLASS 7A Finals
106 pounds:
Zaderian Toney, Bob Jones (20-0), Sr. vs. Ryan Summerlin, Vestavia Hills (49-6), Fr.
113 pounds:
Dylan Lesueseur Thompson (48-2), Sr. vs. Nick Smith, Hoover (46-6), Jr.
120 pounds: Tyler Ivey, Grissom (46-0), Sr. vs. James Latona, Thompson (57-11), Fr.
126 pounds:
Chandler Akins, Thompson (52-6), Sr. vs. Sullivan Tipton, Oak Mountain (44-6), Jr.
132 pounds:
Cole Thomas, Oak Mountain (24-4), Sr. vs. Jack Rivers, Spain Park (55-8), Sr.
138 pounds:
Gabe Hixenbaugh, Thompson (43-3), Sr.  vs. Conner Dubble, Hoover (27-13), Sr.
145 pounds:
Stone Barden, Hewitt-Trussville (32-1), Sr. vs. Maxwell Kauffman, Central-Phenix City (63-0), Sr.
152 pounds:
Cale Land, Hewitt-Trussville (38-5) Sr. vs. Cole Williams, Huntsville (34-11), Sr.
160 pounds:
Derek Hussey, Thompson (49-4), Sr. vs. Gabriel Pittman, Bob Jones (29-9), Sr.
170 pounds:
Peter Dazzio, Vestavia Hills (44-3), Sr. vs. Ashunti Perry, Thompson (36-16), Jr.
182 pounds:
Dylan Pearson, Auburn (32-0), Jr. vs. Tyler Gilson, Thompson (36-16), Jr.
195 pounds:
Hayden McDonald, Mountain Brook (26-3), Sr. vs. Jack White, Hoover (13-2), Fr.
220 pounds:
Isaac McAdams, Thompson (48-17), Sr. vs. Bryce Carnes, Hoover (22-4), Sr.
285 pounds:
Jaxon Bast, Spain Park (57-5), Jr. vs. Matt Burrow, James Clemens (19-5), Sr.