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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)

CLASS 1A/5A
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.

 

CLASS 6A
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.


CLASS 7A
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.



Semifinals
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


Clarity Provided to Out-of-Bounds Calls in High School Wrestling

NEWS RELEASE

 

Clarity Provided to Out-of-Bounds Calls in High School Wrestling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               Contact: Elliot Hopkins

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 27, 2018) — New definitions for inbounds and out of bounds highlight  high school wrestling rules changes for the 2018-19 season.

Beginning next year, a wrestler will be inbounds if two supporting points of either wrestler are inside or on the boundary line. This could be two supporting points of one wrestler or one supporting point of each wrestler that is inside or on the boundary line.

Changes related to out-of-bounds and inbounds calls, along with rules dealing with uniforms and sportsmanship, were among the rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee at its April 2-4 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

The revised definitions for out of bounds and inbounds eliminate subjectivity with the out-of-bounds call without increasing the out-of-bounds area. The removal of “majority of weight” from the definition will allow officials to focus on inbounds and out of bounds rather than having to make a judgment on where the majority of the wrestler’s weight is being supported.

“The majority of rules changes for the 2018-19 high school wrestling season deal with revised definitions of escape, reversal, out of bounds and takedown,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and liaison to the Wrestling Rules Committee. “These changes were needed to reinforce our new position with increasing scoring opportunities by addressing the supporting point issue, but not creating additional risk to the sport. We have defined what the usual supporting points are while down on the mat and how near-fall points or a fall shall be earned.”

Several articles in Rule 5 are affected by the elimination of subjectivity in the out-of-bounds call. Rule 5-10 now provides language stipulating that any combination of two supporting points allows an official to make an inbounds call. Similarly, Rules 5-15-1 and 5-15-3 introduce the same clarity while Rule 5-15-2 alters language from “knees” to “knee(s),” making it consistent with Rule 5-15-2a(4) and its use of “hand(s).”

The revision to the definition of an out-of-bounds call is clearly stated in Rule 5-18, which outlines that it occurs when there are no longer two total supporting points inside or on the boundary line (two supporting points of one wrestler or one supporting point of each wrestler). Rules 5-22, 5-25-1 and 5-25-3 will have similar language to establish inbounds and out-of-bounds calls for reversals and takedowns.

Revisions to Rule 5-24-3 will assist officials with making a stalling call. The new criteria establish that stalling in the neutral position also takes place when a wrestler is backing off the mat and out of bounds, as well as when the wrestler is pushing or pulling out of bounds.

In addition to the numerous changes related to inbounds and out-of-bounds calls, Hopkins noted sportsmanship issues, a new illegal hold and uniform promotional references as other rules changes made by the committee. Among those are the following:

•    Rule 4-1-2: New language will state that no additional manufacturer’s logo, trademark or promotional references shall be allowed on the wrestling uniforms.

•    Rule 7-1-5y (NEW): The Nelson-Cradle is a new illegal hold/maneuver that is a combination made up of a Half-Nelson on one side with a locked cradle from around the neck with the far side knee. The back of the knee acts as the other arm (arm pit) to complete the Full-Nelson pressure on the neck and throat.

•    Rule 7-4-2: New language states that repeatedly dropping to one knee, as well as one hand, to break locked hands is considered unsportsmanlike conduct.

Wrestling ranks seventh in popularity among boys at the high school level with 244,804 participants, according to the 2016-17 NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. In addition, 14,587 girls participate in the sport throughout the nation.

“Overall, the sport is stable,” Hopkins said. “We are excited to have the influx of young women wrestlers who want to challenge themselves and represent their local high schools.”

A complete listing of all rules changes is available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “Wrestling.”

 

This press release was written by Cody Porter, a graphic arts/communications assistant in the NFHS Publications/Communications Department.


Thompson, Oxford, Arab Sweep 63rd AHSAA State Wrestling Championships at Von Braun Center

HUNTSVILLE – Thompson High School junior Gabe Hixenbaugh captured the fourth state wrestling championship of his prep career Saturday to spark Thompson High School to the Class 7A state wrestling title at the 63rd AHSAA State Championships held at the Von Braun Center.
    The Warriors of Coach Sean Weltzin totaled 120 points to claim the crown. Central-Phenix City finished second with 93 points and Oak Mountain was third with 84.5. Oxford, coached by Matt Hicks, posted 203 points to win the Class 6A state championship for the second year in a row, Benjamin Russell had 111 and Clay-Chalkville totaled 103.5. Arab edged Scottsboro by 4 points, 157.5 to 153.5, as Coach Michael Pruitt’s Knights their sixth straight state crown.
     Hixenbaugh (53-3) won a tough 3-2 decision in the Class 7A 132-pound finals over Maxwell Kauffman of Central-Phenix City (51-5) to seal the championship for the Warriors. He won at 126 pounds as a sophomore, 113 pounds as a freshman and 106 pounds as an eighth grader. Thompson had four wrestlers in the winner’s circle Saturday with junior Dylan Lesueur (47-8) at 106 pounds, junior Chandlar Akins (39-9) at 126 and senior Seth Whitlock (28-11) at 285 pounds.
    Oxford 285-pound junior Clay Webb (35-1) was one of three Yellow Jackets to claim state titles in the 6A competition. Webb beat Hueytown’s Brian Gardner in the finals with a pin at 37 seconds. Webb finished with four pins for a state-tourney leading three minutes and 40 seconds. Freshman Jakob Chisolm (57-14) won the 126-pound title and senior Matt King (55-3) was the victor at 152 pounds.
    Arab had just one wrestler in the winner’s circle, 145-pound senior Clay Jones (69-0). Jones was also one of four wrestlers to finish unbeaten on the season in Class 1A/5A. Macon Edwards, a senior at Fultondale, won at 120 pounds and finished the year 75-0. He won three state titles in the last four years with just one loss – finishing with a 238-1 record overall in that stretch. He won 163 matches in a row from 2015-17.
   Alexandria junior Chris Knop (50-0), who was named the Class 1A/5A state tourney MVP, won at 182 pounds for his third state title and extended his current winning streak to 164 matches. If he can complete his senior year undefeated, he could become the wrestler in AHSAA history to win four straight state titles with unbeaten records.
   In Class 6A, senior Justin Ingram of Spanish Fort finished 76-0 with a victory in the 145-pound finals and earned MVP honors. Senior Tobias Garrison of Stanhope Elmore (40-0 won at 170 pounds to also finish unbeaten.
    In Class 7A, Oak Mountain senior Barrett Blakely (53-0) won MVP honors capturing the 170-pound title for his second straight championship.
Results of all championship matches are listed. Complete results can be found at www.trackwrestling.com

   
      

 

285 pounds: Clay Webb (Oxford) 36-1, Jr. over Brian Gardner (Hueytown) 22-3, Sr. (Fall 0:37).
6A MOST PINS: Clay Webb, Oxford (4 pins, 3:40).
6A BEST MATCH: Steven Bell, McAdory, vs. Jakob Chisolm, Oxford (126 pound finals).
6A MVP: Justin Ingram, Spanish Fort.


 

 

 

AHSAA 63rd State Wrestling Championships
Final Results
TEAM SCORING (TOP 10)
CLASS 1A/5A
Arab 157.5; Scottsboro 153.5; Alexandria 112.5; Cleburne County 111.0; Dora 108.5; Mortimer Jordan 78.5; Hayden 69.0; Moody 69.0; Mae Jemison 64.5; Susan Moore 60.5.
CLASS 6A
Oxford 203.0; Benjamin Russell 111.0; Clay-Chalkville 103.5; Gardendale 98.0; Athens 97.0; McAdory 88.0; Helena 87.0; Pinson Valley 86.5; Southside-Gadsden 85.0; Stanhope Elmore 71.0.
CLASS 7A
Thompson 120.0; Central-Phenix City 93.0; Oak Mountain 84.5; Hewitt-Trussville 77.0; Vestavia Hills 77.0; Bob Jones 73.5; Hoover 73.5; Grissom 57.0; Huntsville 36.0; Auburn 33.0.

CLASS 1A-5A Championship Bouts
106 pounds:
Cory Land (Moody) 53-2, 8th. over Cody Souder (Weaver) 34-1, Fr. (Dec 6-4).
113 pounds: Jaden New (Alexandria) 37-5, 8th. over Joseph Martin (Arab) 56-5, Jr. (Fall 1:28).
120 pounds: Macon Edwards (Fultondale) 75-0, Sr. over Dylan Turner (Cleburne County) 31-4, Sr. (Dec 6-0.
126 pounds:
John Mcalpin (Scottsboro) 46-4, Sr. over Landon Castleberry (Hayden) 53-3, Sr. (Fall 1:16).
132 pounds: Zachary Clayton (Dora) 59-1, Sr. over Kage Robertson (Susan Moore) 40-4, Sr. (MD 16-3).
138 pounds: Brantley McHugh (Madison County) 28-5, Sr. over Garrett Mcclendon (Arab) 58-7, Jr. (Fall 6:00).
145 pounds: Clay Jones (Arab) 69-0, Sr. over Rashad Clark (Moody) 53-6, Jr. (Dec 8-6).
152 pounds: Aaron Whittaker (Alexandria) 46-4, Sr. over Brady Richardson (Holtville) 49-2, Sr. (Dec 7-5).
160 pounds: Carial Tarter (Mortimer Jordan) 62-0, Sr. over Colby Hallmark (Hayden) 47-9, Jr. (MD 15-2).
170 pounds: Kolton Clark (Scottsboro) 51-2, Jr. over Ethan Pippin (Westminster Christian) 44-5, Sr. (Fall 2:57).
182 pounds: Christian Knop (Alexandria) 50-0, Jr. over Monquavias Ricks (Deshler) 43-3, Sr. (Fall 1:45).
195 pounds: Tanner Woodall (North Jackson) 30-2, Jr. over Andy Baker (Tallassee) 57-2, Jr. (Fall 2:40).
220 pounds: Sean Caleb Allison (Weaver) 57-2, Jr. over Travis Woodall (North Jackson) 30-5, Jr. (SV-1 3-1).
285 pounds: Bradford Womack (Scottsboro) 29-6, Jr. over Michael Barnes (Mortimer Jordan) 46-11, Jr. (Dec 6-0).
1A/5A MOST PINS: John Mcalpin, Scottsboro (4 pins, 5:02).
1A/5A BEST MATCH: Aaron Whittaker, Alexandria vs. Brady Richardson, Holt (152-pound finals).
1A/5A MVP: Christian Knop, Alexandria.

CLASS 6A Championship Bouts
106 pounds:
George Vazquez (Pinson Valley) 32-3, Jr. over Bobby Charsha (Benjamin Russell) 56-10, So. (Dec 8-5).
113 pounds: Andrew Smith (Southside-Gadsden) 71-4, Sr. over Chase Hicks (Oxford) 59-8, Fr. (MD 12-1).
120 pounds: Jacob Dease (Southside-Gadsden) 61-10, Fr. over Landon Burrage (Oxford) 53-21, Jr. (MD 8-0).
126 pounds: Jakob Chisolm (Oxford) 57-14, Fr. over Steven Bell (McAdory) 69-2, Jr. (Dec 8-5).
132 pounds: Gage Hudson (Gulf Shores) 42-6, Jr. over Brandon Seawright (Minor) 36-3, So. (Dec 11-6).
138 pounds: Alex Miller (Helena) 51-2, Sr. over Deacon Cowart (Athens) 35-14, Jr. (Fall 3:06).
145 pounds: Justin Ingram (Spanish Fort) 76-0, Sr. over Saxon Coker (Benjamin Russell) 55-11, So. (Dec 5-1).
152 pounds: Matt King (Oxford) 55-3, Sr. over Javonic Turner (Homewood) 42-1, Sr. (Dec 4-2).
160 pound: Zaquarius Harris (Columbia) 42-9, Jr. over Trevor Muncey (Gardendale) 26-6, Sr. (Dec 2-1).
170 pounds: Tobias Garrison (Stanhope Elmore) 40-0, Sr. over Isaiah Mcdougal (Columbia) 45-3, Sr. (Dec 5-2).
182 pounds: Nathan Dunaway (Helena) 67-1, So. over Thomas Carter (Athens) 12-2, Sr. (Dec 6-2).
195 pounds: Carlos Miguel Figueroa (Homewood) 61-1, Jr. over Anthony Talton (Clay-Chalkville) 43-5, Jr. (Fall 1:23).
220 pounds: Jackson Jones (Clay-Chalkville) 36-2, Jr. over Daiquion Thedford (Brookwood) 32-4, Sr. (Fall 1:55).
285 pounds: Clay Webb (Oxford) 36-1, Jr. over Brian Gardner (Hueytown) 22-3, Sr. (Fall 0:37).
6A MOST PINS: Clay Webb, Oxford (4 pins, 3:40).
6A BEST MATCH: Steven Bell, McAdory, vs. Jakob Chisolm, Oxford (126 pound finals).
6A MVP: Justin Ingram, Spanish Fort.

CLASS 7A Championship Bouts
106 pounds:
Dylan Lesueur (Thompson) 47-8, Jr. over Adrian Neco (Central-Phenix City) 51-6, Fr. (Dec 1-0).
113 pounds: Tyler Ivey (Grissom) 22-0, Jr. over Emmanuel Oliver (Thompson) 32-6, So. (Dec 5-1).
120 pounds: Sullivan Tipton (Oak Mountain) 50-7, So. over Riley Huff (Hoover) 35-9, Jr. (Dec 4-3).
126 pounds: Chandlar Akins (Thompson) 39-9, Jr. over Mark Hurt (Central-Phenix City) 39-7, Sr. (Dec 3-0).
132 pounds: Gabe Hixenbaugh (Thompson) 53-3, Jr. over Maxwell Kauffman (Central-Phenix City) 51-5, Jr. (Dec 3-2).
138 pounds: Stone Barden (Hewitt-Trussville) 26-3, Jr. over Hector Candelaria (Central-Phenix City) 51-1, Sr. (MD 9-1).
145 pounds: Conner Smith (Hewitt-Trussville) 43-4, Sr. over Jonathan Handy (Grissom) 52-3, Sr. (Dec 10-4).
152 pounds: Cale Land (Hewitt-Trussville) 23-9, Jr. over Peter Dazzio (Vestavia Hills) 38-7, Jr. (Dec 6-3).
160 pounds: Robert Morales (Central-Phenix City) 49-3, Sr. over Bowman Hill (Vestavia Hills) 28-3, Sr. (Fall 3:12).
170 pounds: Barrett Blakely (Oak Mountain) 53-0, Sr. over Jordan Hunter (Buckhorn) 31-3, Jr. (Fall 3:42).
182 pounds: Spencer Haddock (Vestavia Hills) 22-2, Sr. over George Francovitch (Bob Jones) 42-5, Jr. (MD 14-5).
195 pounds: D`angelo Dewitt (Hoover) 46-2, Sr. over Harold Gilmore (Bob Jones) 41-6, Sr. (MD 10-2).
220 pounds: Jaeger Clark (Huntsville) 57-2, Sr. over Seth Dupree (Bob Jones) 45-5, Sr. (Dec 4-2).
285 pounds: Seth Whitlock (Thompson) 28-11, Sr. over Camron Hill (Lee-Montgomery) 29-2, Sr. (DQ).
7A MOST PINS: Robert Morales, Central-Phenix City (3 pins, 8:24).
7A BEST MATCH: Jaeger Clark, Huntsville vs. Seth Dupree, Bob Jones (220-pound finals).
7A MVP: Barrett Blakely, Oak Mountain.


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

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


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

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

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


AHSAA 63rd State Wrestling Championships Saturday’s Championship Matches

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

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

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

Defending Champs Oxford, Arab Lead the Pack After Day 1 of AHSAA State Wrestling Tournament

    HUNTSVILLE – Defending Class 1A/5A and Class 6A state wrestling champions Arab and Oxford each held a comfortable leads after day one of the 2018 AHSAA State Wrestling Championships at Von Braun Center.
      Arab, coached by Mike Pruitt, posted 74.5 points through Thursday’s two championship play rounds and the first consolation round. The Knights have won five state titles in a row. Scottsboro was second Thursday with 61.5 points and Alexandria, third with 52.5. Coach Matt Hicks’ Class 6A Yellow Jackets posted 84 points while Benjamin Russell, Wetumpka, Gardendale, McAdory and Clay-Chalkville finished in a  battle for second place. Benjamin Russell totaled 53 points, Wetumpka 50, Gardendale and McAdory, 47 each, and Clay 46.5 heading into Friday’s second day of the 63rd annual state wrestling tournament.
    Class 7A joins the action Friday, which gets underway with weigh-in at 8 a.m. Wrestling starts at 9:30 with Class 1A/5A and 6A consolation round 2 and Class 7A championship round 1. The championship round semifinals for all classes is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., followed by consolation quarterfinal and semifinal rounds later in the afternoon. The consolation finals will kick off Saturday’s championship day at 9 a.m. The championship matches in all classes will begin at 11 a.m. All matches are being live-streamed by TrackWrestling over the subscriber-based NFHS Network and can be accessed at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
     Heavyweights Jake Andrews and Clay Webb appear headed for another showdown in the Class 6A 285-pound division.  Both had impressive days Thursday. Webb, an Oxford junior, won his first match with a pin in just 31 seconds, and Stanhope Elmore’s Andrews, the defending state champion and 2018 South Super Sectional champion, posted his first win winning by fall in just 12 seconds. Andrews (25-2) and Webb (34-1) had identical wins in the quarterfinals pinning their opponents at 1:07.  Andrews, who beat Webb in the state finals last season, also won a touch victory over the Oxford junior at the South Super Sectional finals last weekend.
     Among the other top performances Thursday:
Christian Knop, Alexandria: Reached the Class 1A/5A semifinals at 182 pounds with two easy wins to improve to 58-0 on the season. He has put together three straight unbeaten seasons going 161-0 since losing his last match.
Macon Edwards, Fultondale: Advanced to the Class 1A/5A semifinals for the fourth straight year winning two matches at 120 pounds Thursday. He had one victory by pin and another by major decision. Edwards (73-0), a senior, has gone 236-1 in his last four seasons with the only loss coming in last year’s 113-pound finals to Landon Castleberry of Hayden to snap a 163-match winning streak. He has since won all 73 matches this season. Castleberry (52-2), wrestling in the 126-pound division this season, won both his matches Thursday with pins.
Carial Tarter, Mortimer Jordan: The senior improved to 60-0 in the 160-pound class with two pins Thursday. He earned Class 1A/5A state tourney MVP in 2017 going 58-0 to win at 145 pounds and
 and has gone 118-0 over the last two seasons.
Javonic Turner, Homewood: Won two matches at 152 pounds to advance to Friday’s Class 6A semifinals. The senior, now 41-0, won by fall in just 51 seconds in his first match of the day.
Jackson Elder, American Christian (19-0):
Won two matches in the Class 1A/5A 106-pound division with pins to remain unbeaten heading into semifinals Friday. The junior won over Tennison Norton of Saint James in just 59 seconds in his opening match and pinned Moody’s Cory Land (50-3) at 3:25 in the quarterfinal match.
     Vestavia Hills is defending Class 7A champion.



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.

 

 

 

CLASS 1A/5A CHAMPIONSHIP
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
CLASS 7A CHAMPIONSHIP
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
CLASS 6A CHAMPIONSHIP
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.

Second Annual AHSAA Wrestling Duals Set to Begin with First-round Matches Tonight, Friday & Saturday

    MONTGOMERY – All three defending champions will be in the 40-TEAM field as the second annual AHSAA Wrestling Duals tournament gets underway. Vestavia Hills, last year’s 7A winner, will be hosting Grissom Saturday at 1 p.m. Oxford, last year’s 6A champion, will meet Gulf Shores at Spanish Fort High School at 1 p.m., Saturday, and Moody, the 1A/5A champ in 2017, will face Saint James Friday at 5 p.m., at Tallassee High School.
   Winners and runner-ups from regular-season area play advance to the Duals Tourney. Class 6A and Class 1A/5A will have 16 teams in the competition, and Class 7A will have eight.
   Most first-round matches are being played Friday and Saturday. Some first-round matches will be played tonight, however. Some sites are hosting two matches and the quarterfinals all on the same day.
All quarterfinals matches will be played either tonight, Friday or Saturday as well.
   Semifinals are set for Tuesday, Jan. 23, at school sites, and the finals will be at the Birmingham CrossPlex’s Bill Harris Arena Friday Jan. 26 (Class 6A) and Saturday, Jan. 27 (Class 7A and Class 1A/5A. 
    Complete pairings are listed below:

AHSAA Wrestling Duals Tournament
First-Round/Quarterfinal Schedule
(First-round matches and quarter-final matches will be Jan. 19 or Jan. 20 unless otherwise noted. Class 7A quarter-round matches will be Matches are at the site of an area champion unless otherwise noted. Some sites are hosting more than one match. Weigh in is one hour before the start time of the first match at each site. All times are Central Standard Time.)

 

Class 6A
First Round
M1:
Benjamin Russell (R2 RU) at Spanish Fort (R1 W), Sat. Jan 20, 1 p.m.

M2: Gulf Shores (R1 RU) vs. Oxford (R2 W), at Spanish Fort, Sat. Jan 20, 1 p.m.

M3: Hueytown (R4 RU) vs. Wetumpka (R3 W), at McAdory, Fri, Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.

M4: Stanhope Elmore (R3 RU) at McAdory (R4 W), Fri., Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.

M5: Pinson Valley (R6 RU) at Chelsea (R5 W) – Fri., Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.

M6: Helena (R5 RU) vs. Gardendale (R6 W), at Chelsea, Fri., Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m.

M7: Decatur (R8 RU) at Clay Chalkville (R7 W), Fri., Jan. 19, 6 p.m.

M8: Southside-Gadsden (R7 RU) vs. Athens (R8 W), at Clay Chalkville, Fri., Jan. 19, 6 p.m.

 

Class 1A-5A

First Round
M1:
Leeds (R2 RU) at Tallassee (R1 W), Fri., Jan. 19, 5 p.m.

M2: Saint James (R1 RU) vs. Moody (R2 W), at Tallassee, Fri., Jan. 19, 5 p.m.
M3:
Weaver (R4 RU) at Cleburne County (R3 W), Fri., Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.
M4:
Springville (R3 RU) vs. Alexandria (R4 W), at Cleburne County, Fri., Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m.

M5: Corner (R6 RU) vs. Mortimer Jordan (R5 W), at Sumiton Middle School, Thurs., Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m.
M6: Hayden (R5 RU) at Dora (R6 W), at Sumiton Middle School, Thurs., Jan. 18 6:30 p.m.

M7: Mae Jemison (R8 RU) vs. Arab (R7 W), at Deshler, Thurs., Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m.
M8:
Scottsboro (R7 RU) at Deshler, Thursday, Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m.

 

QUARTERFINAL PAIRINGS

Class 7A (also first round)

M1: Oak Mountain (R2 RU) at Central Phenix City (R1 W), Fri., Jan. 19, 1:30 p.m.

M2: Auburn (R1 RU) at Thompson (R2 W), Fri., Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.

M3: Grissom (R4 RU) at Vestavia Hills (R3 W), Sat., Jan. 20, 1 p.m.

M4: Hewitt Trussville (R3 RU) at Bob Jones (R4 W), Sat., Jan. 20, 9 a.m.


Class 6A

M09: M1 Winner vs M2 Winner, at Spanish Fort, Sat., Jan, 20, 3 p.m.

M10: M3 Winner vs. M4 Winner, at McAdory, Fri., Jan. 19, 7 p.m.

M11: M5 Winner vs. M6 Winner, at Chelsea, Fri., Jan. 19 8 p.m.

M12: M7 Winner vs. M8 Winner, at Clay Chalkville, Fri., Jan 19, 8 p.m.

 

Class 1A-5A

M09: M1 Winner vs M2 Winner, at Tallassee, Fri., Jan. 19, 7 p.m.

M10: M3 Winner vs. M4 Winner, at Cleburne County, Fri., Jan. 19, 8 p.m.

M11: M5 Winner vs. M6 Winner, at Sumiton Middle School, Thurs., Jan, 18, 8 p.m.

M12: M7 Winner vs. M8 Winner, at Deshler, Thurs., Jan. 18, 7 p.m.

 

SEMI-FINAL PAIRINGS
(Tuesday, Jan. 23, for all classes at 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
Weigh-in is one hour prior to start of match. All sites are to be determined after quarterfinals.)

Class 7A
M1 Winner vs. M2 Winner

M3 Winner vs. M4 Winner

Class 6A
M9 Winner vs. M10 Winner

M11 Winner vs. M12 Winner

Class 1A-5A

M9 Winner vs. M10 Winner

M11 Winner vs. M12 Winner

 

 

AHSAAA DUALS FINALS
(Bill Harris Arena at Birmingham CrossPlex)
Class 6A Finals
Friday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m. (weigh-in at 5 p.m.)
Class 7A Finals
Saturday, Jan. 27, 1 p.m. (weigh-in at noon)

Class 1A/5A Finals
Saturday, Jan. 27, 4 p.m. (weigh-in, 3 p.m.)