Thursday, February 20, 2020






Arab Repeats as Class 1A/5A Wrestling Duals Champ with Win over Cleburne County in Finals

BIRMINGHAM – Arab High School out-pointed Cleburne County 34-30 Saturday afternoon to win the  Knights’ second straight Class 1A/5A Wrestling Duals tournament championship at the Birmingham CrossPlex’s Bill Harris Arena.
   Coach Mike Pruitt’s Knights (41-1) appeared to break the match open winning the 106 and 113-pound matches. The finals started with the 160-pound match, and after six matches Arab was clinging to a 16-9 lead. That’s when Jacob Holland won his match over Anthony Chapman in the 106-pound match with a pin at 37 seconds. Joseph Martin followed in quick fashion to win his match over Brennen Butler even quicker – in 17 seconds. The two falls put the Knights up 28-6.
    Cleburne County (17-1), coached by Rusty Mayfield, clawed back quickly, however, with Dylan Turner winning a tough 5-0 decision over Arab’s Dakota Martin, 5-0, in the 120-pound match, Mathew Williamson pinned Bronson Jackson in the 126-pound match, followed by pins at 126, 132 and 145 pounds by Mathew Williamson, Shane Beason and Zachary Williams, respectively, to close the gap to 31-30 heading into the final match.
    And just like the 6A and 7A finals, the championship came down to the final match between 152-pound competitors Clay Jones of Arab and Zachary Williams of Cleburne County. It turned out to be the most exciting match of the day with Jones holding on for a 5-2 decision to give the Knights the title.
    Bob Jones won the Class 7A Duals title over Thompson, 34-29, earlier in the day, and Oxford won the Class 6A Duals title Friday night beating Gardendale 30-23.  AHSAA wrestling teams return to regular season action next week, before advancing to the playoffs with Super Sectional meets at Garrett Coliseum (South) in Montgomery and the Bill Harris Arena (North) in two weeks.




Arab (40-1) vs. Cleburne County (17-0)

106 pounds: Jacob Holland, Arab, pinned Anthony Champion, Cleburne County, 0:37.
113 pounds: Joseph Martin, Arab, pinned Brennen Butler, Cleburne County, 0:17.
120 pounds: Dylan Turner, Cleburne County dec. Dakota Martin, Arab, 5-0.
126 pounds: Mathew Williamson, Cleburne County, pinned Bronson Jackson, Arab, 3:44.
132 pounds: Shane Beason, Cleburne County, pinned Caleb Whaley, Arab, 5:16.
138 pounds: Garrett McClendon, Arab, dec. Preston Jarrell, Cleburne County, 11-4.
145 pounds: Zachary Williams, Cleburne County, pinned Jonathan Morgan, Arab, 1:34.
152 pounds: Clay Jones, Arab, dec. Christopher Higgins, Cleburne County, 5-2.
160 pounds: Anthony Camp, Arab, pinned Jason Higgins, Cleburne County, 3:28.
170 pounds: Cade Smith, Cleburne County, dec. Sam Atchley, Arab, 7-5.
182 pounds: Ryan Morelan, Arab, dec. Wes Salter, Cleburne County, 10-3.
195 pounds: Christian Seale, Cleburne County, pinned Jacob McNeal, Arab, 3:00.
220 pounds: Jack Tindall, Arab, dec. Ryan Day, Cleburne County, 5-2.
285 pounds: Gage Mason, Arab, dec. Brandon Rogers, Cleburne County, 3-0.

Bob Jones Claims AHSAA Class 7A Wrestling Duals

    BIRMINGHAM – Bob Jones High School downed Thompson 34-29 in the finals Saturday to claim the AHSAA Class 7A Wrestling Duals tournament championship at the Birmingham CrossPlex’s Bill Harris Arena.
   The Patriots of Coach Matt Sweatman went into the final match Saturday nursing a slim 31-29 lead.  The title boiled down to the 170-pound battle between Nick Mothersele of Bob Jones and William Browder of Thompson. Neither wrestler disappointed the crowd with the match going down to final seconds before Mothersele emerged with an 11-8 decision and Patriots improved to 22-1 in dual matches this season.
    Zaderian Toney (113 pounds) and Seth Dupree (220) won their matches for Bob Jones with pins Saturday, while Thompson’s Chandler Akins (126), Gabe Hixenbaugh (132), Jackson Araneta (145) and Seth Whitlock (285) posted pins for the Warriors of Coach Sean Weltzin.
    The best match of the finals came in the 138-pound match between Bob Jones’ Jordan Whalen and Thompson’s Nathan Roberts. Whalen emerged with a 5-3 decision.
    Oxford won the Class 6A Duals title Friday night beating Gardendale 30-23. Defending Class 1A/5A Duals champion Arab was scheduled to meet Cleburne County in the 2018 finals Saturday afternoon.

AHSAA Wrestling Duals
Bob Jones (22-1) 34, Thompson 29

106 pounds: Dylan Lesueur, Thompson dec. Jim Wilson, Bob Jones, technical fall, 21-5.
113 pounds: Zaderian Toney, Bob Jones, pinned Harris Mitchell, Thompson, 1:55.
120 pounds: Kevin McGhaw, Bob Jones, dec. Judah Campbell, Thompson, 8-5.
126 pounds: Chandler Akins, Thompson, pinned Zaveon Toney, Bob Jones, 1:10. 
132 pounds: Gabe Hixenbaugh, Thompson, pinned Parker Snyder, Bob Jones, 2:51.
138 pounds: Jordan Whalen, Bob Jones, dec. Nathan Roberts, Thompson, 5-3.
145 pounds: Jackson Araneta, Thompson pinned David Onquit,  Bob Jones 5:32 .
152 pounds: Cal Francovitch, Bob Jones dec. Ashunti Perry, Thompson, 7-5.
160 pounds: Gabriel Pittman, Bob Jones, dec. Tyler Gilson, Thompson, 5-2.
170 pounds: Nick Mothersele, Bob Jones, dec. William Browder, Thompson, 11-8.
182 pounds: George Frankovitch, Bob Jones, major dec. Alex Ward, Thompson, 14-6.
195 pounds: Harold Gilmore, Bob Jones dec.  Isaac McAdams, Thompson, 7-0.
220 pounds: Seth Dupree, Bob Jones, pinned Aubrey Glidewell, Thompson, 1:34.
285 pounds: Seth Whitlock, Thompson, pinned Jordan Aycock, Bob Jones, 4:25.

Oxford Beats Gardendale 30-23 to Claim 2nd Consecutive Class 6A Duals Championship

    BIRMINGHAM – Oxford High School junior Clay Webb pinned Gardendale’s Dawson in the final match at of the AHSAA Wrestling Duals Class 6A finals at the Birmingham CrossPlex’s Bill Harris Arena Friday night at 0:50 to give the defending champs a 30-23 victory.
    Coach Matt Hicks’ Yellow  Jackets led the Rockets (30-8) by a one point, 24-23 heading into the final match after Gardendale’s 220-pounder Trevon Tanniehill pinned Oxford’s Koby Shumate at 5:12. The Rockets forfeited at 195 pounds, however, and those six points proved critical in the end.
    Gardendale’s Alex Webb won the 106-pound match to start the contest with a pin over Kaleb Shelton at 3:03 to give the Rockets a quick 6-0 lead. Oxford rebounded to win at 113, 126, 132, 138, 152 and 160 pounds, however.
    The 2018 AHSAA Duals Tournament finals continue Saturday with Thompson and Bob Jones squaring off at 1 p.m., at Bill Harris Arena in the Class 7A championship match. Arab and Cleburne County will follow in the 1A/5A finals at 4 p.m.
AHSAA Wrestling Duals
Oxford 30, Gardendale 23

106 pounds: Alex Webb, Gardendale, pinned Kaleb Shelton, Oxford, 3:03.
113 pounds: Chase Hicks, Oxford, def. Jeremy Caradine, Gardendale, 10-0.
120 pounds: Russ Boackle, Gardendale, def. Landon Burrage, Oxford, 7-2.
126 pounds: Jakob Chisolm, Oxford, dec. Garrison Clements, Gardendale, 7-2.
132 pounds: Wesley Slick, Oxford, dec. Coleman Kim, Gardendale, 5-0.
138 pounds: Reed Hill, Oxford, dec. Daniel Webb, Gardendale, 6-2.
145 pounds: Carson Kim, Gardendale, dec. Jackson Hurst, Oxford, 4-3.
152 pounds: Carson Lindsey, Oxford, major dec. Kelsey Rice, Gardendale, 17-9.
160 pounds: Matt King, Oxford, dec. Trevor Muncey, Gardendale, 7-3.
170 pounds: Trey Lewis, Gardendale, dec. Drake Boyles, Oxford, 9-3.
182 pounds: Derrick Orvik, Gardendale, dec. Chanceton Hollifield, Oxford, 8-2.
195 pounds: Matthew Muncher, Oxford, won by forfeit.
220 pounds: Trevon Tanniehill, Gardendale, pinned Koby Shumaker, Oxford, 5:12.
285 pounds: Clay Webb, Oxford, pinned Dawson Cato, Gardendale, 0:50.

Vestavia Hills Downs Oak Mountain in Finals To Win the AHSAA Class 7A Duals Tournament

   BIRMINGHAM – Vestavia Hills High School downed Oak Mountain 47-19 Saturday afternoon to capture AHSAA Class 7A State Wrestling Duals Tournament at the CrossPlex Bill Harris Arena.
    Defending state 220-pound champion James Edwards (32-0) won his match with a pin in 27 seconds to extend his current match winning streak to 35 in a row for Rebels Coach Monterrious Adams, who replaced retired Hall of Fame Coach Steve Gaydosh this season. Edwards’ fall was one of four for 29-Vestavia Hills, 18-2 in dual matches this season.
      Nathaniel Nailen (26-16) won by pin at 126 pounds, Zachary Nelson (12-2) at 170 pounds and Rob Barrentine (29-12) at 182 pounds. Edwards’ twin brother Jacob won his 285-pound match by forfeit.
      Coach Steve Burrough’s Eagles (13-3) notched one pin with 106-pound freshman Sullivan Tipton (23-8) winning the final match of the bout. Oak Mountain posted five wins among the 14 matches but forfeited two matches (120 and 285 pounds).
     Perhaps the most exciting match of the day was sophomore Peter Dazzio’s 1-0 victory over Oak Mountain senior Carson Lester in the 138-pound finals.
    The AHSAA traditional Wrestling Championships, where schools compete by individual weight class pools, get underway Feb. 10-11 with the North and South Super Sectional Championships at Birmingham and Montgomery. The 62nd annual State Championships will be held at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville Feb. 16-18. Defending champions include the Rebels (7A), Arab (6A) and Leeds (1A/5A). The Knights of Coach Michael Pruitt dropped to Class 5A this school year and will be competing in the 1A/5A division. Arab won the 1A/5A Duals Friday. Oxford won the 6A duals title Saturday.
    Complete results from Saturday’s Class 6A finals:

AHSAA Class 6A Dual Finals
Vestavia Hills (18-2) 47, Oak Mountain (13-3) 19
106 pounds: 
Sullivan Tipton (OM) (23-8) pinned Bryant Segars (VH) (27-16), 5:35.  
113 pounds:  
Cole Thomas (OM) (18-6) dec. Crett Jones (VH) (14-19), 7-2.
120 pounds: 
Alex Thomas (VH) (16-2) won by forfeit.
126 pounds:  
Nathaniel Nailen (VH) (26-16) pinned Cole Burrough (OM) (1-3), 3:10.
132 pounds:  Blake Randle (OM) (33-4) major dec. Murphy McCallum (VH) (29-12), 11-3.
138 pounds:
 Peter Dazzio (VH) (32-7) dec. Carson Lester (OM) (21-8), 1-0.
145 pounds:
Jack Stoves (VH) (32-4) dec. Brett Cruce (OM) (7-6), 11-3.
152 pounds: 
Spencer Haddock (VH) (16-2) major dec. Ming Yu Lee (OM) (32-11), 13-2.
160 pounds:
Barrett Blakely (OM) (36-3) dec. Bowman Hill (VH) (29-7), 10-3.
170 pounds:  
Zachary Nelson (VH) (12-2) pinned Justin Evans (OM) (22-5), 2:16.
182 pounds:
Rob Barrentine (VH) (29-12) pinned Jaylon Gaines (OM) (5-3), 2:32.
195 pounds:
Jordan Davis (OM) (22-17) dec. Will White (VH) (10-17), 8-2.
220 pounds:
James Edwards (VH) (32-0) pinned Carter Owens (OM) (9-21), 0:27.
285 pounds:
Jacob Edwards (VH) (36-2) won by forfeit.