Thursday, February 27, 2020






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.

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