Revised Tuesday Schedule
10:00 a.m.: 4A Girls Championship Deshler vs. Danville
11:45 a.m.: 4A Boys Championship West Limestone vs. East Lawrence
1:30 pm: 3A Girls Championship Lauderdale County vs. Madison Academy
3:15 p.m.: 3A Boys Championship Madison Academy vs. Winfield
5:00 p.m.: 5A Girls Championship Ramsay vs. Wenonah
6:45 p.m. : 5A Boys Championship Parker vs. Ramsay
Adjusted Tuesday Schedule
10:00 a.m.: 7A Girls Championship Gadsden City vs. Huntsville
11:45 a.m. : 7A Boys Championship Mountain Brook vs. Gadsden City
1:30 p.m. : 2A Girls Championship Section vs. Fyffe
3:15 p.m.: 2A Boys Championship Fyffe vs. Vincent
5:00 p.m.: 1A Girls Championship Woodville vs. Spring Garden
6:45 p.m.: 1A Boys Championship Sacred Heart vs. Talladega County Central
Adjusted Tuesday Schedule
10:00 a.m.: 7A Girls Championship Hoover vs. Hazel Green
11:45 a.m.: 7A Boys Championship Sparkman vs. Hoover
1:30 pm: 6A Girls Championship Austin vs. Lee-Huntsville
3:15 p.m.: 6A Boys Championship Cullman vs. Lee-Huntsville
5:00 p.m.: 1A Girls Championship Decatur-Heritage vs. Berry
6:45 p.m. : 1A Boys Championship Phillips vs. South Lamar
Arab sewed up its third straight state wrestling championship Saturday setting an overall points record with 244.5 to claim the Class 6A state title as the 60th annual AHSAA State Wrestling Championships concluded at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center.
The Knights had mathematically sewn up the title after Friday’s round but set the record with 23 points on the final day. Coach Michael Pruitt’s team posted wrestler in the winner’s circle with Jacob Spencer (58-1) capturing the 220-pound weight division title. The Arab point total clipped the old record (231.5) set by Thompson in the 2012 Class 6A championships. Spencer pinned Hartselle’s Ashton Quattlebaum (48-4) at 4:00 for his third state crown.
Thompson posted 140 points to win the 7A state title, the fifth state championship in a row by Coach Sean Weltzin’s Warriors. Leeds, with 148.5 points, won the 1A-5A state championship. The Green Wave, coached by Matt Hicks, captured its first state wrestling championship in the process – coming just two months after the Green Wave won the Class 4A state football title at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.
It was the Knights’ fourth state championship overall since starting wrestling in the 1974-75 school year and its third in a row. The previous two were won in Class 5A. Southside-Gadsden was second with 135 points followed by Oxford (131) and Muscle Shoals (107).
Coach Michael Pruitt’s team had its 117-dual match winning streak snapped earlier in the season by Class 7A state champion Thompson (29-27). The streak is 11th longest in the nation and second in AHSAA history to Weaver’s 221. Pruitt’s overall dual-match coaching record is 427-129-3.
Arick Shankles of Muscle Shoals closed out his prep career with a pin over John McAlpin of Arab in the 113-pound Class 6A finals for his fourth state championship. Shankles closed the season at 48-0 and finished with 109 wins in a row.
Shankles won most pins with four for a total time on the mat of just 5:53. He was also named Most Valuable Wrestler. Best match went to Brennan Shankles, Arick’s younger brother, versus Aaron Ledbetter of Chelsea in the 120-pound final.
Thompson out-pointed runner-up Vestavia Hills (111) by 29 points. Hewitt-Trussville was third with 85 and Prattville fourth with 80.
The Warriors had three individual state champions including junior T.J. Rayam (59-3), who won his second straight 285-pound title with a tough 6-4 win over Auburn’s Randy Hooks (42-6). Gabe Hixenbaugh (27-1), an eighth grader, won at 106 pounds with a 9-2 decision over Alex Thomas (53-5) of Oak Mountain. Junior Dominic Latona (64-6) also won at 120 pounds with a 6-4 decision over Khaleel Johnson (54-9) of Auburn.
Cade McWhirter of Prattville finished the season 47-0 as the 170-pound champion and was named MVP for Class 7A.
Tuscaloosa County’s Josh Smith won the 195-pound crown with three pins in just 9:12 for Most Pins.
Best match was judged the 126-pound finals won by Camden Funkhouser (43-9) of Prattville 11-7 in sudden death overtime over Drew Reed (31-3) of Mountain Brook.
Leeds edged Madison County (121.5) for the championship with Weaver (108.5) third and Cleburne County (99) fourth. The Green Wave had one state champion with Josephus Smith (41-3) winning by decision over Hunter Barclay (50-6) of Ohatchee 5-4 in the final match of the state championships.
Alex Sandmann (48-4) of Cleburne County defeated Leeds’ Tre’ Nation (35-5) in a tough 220-pound final 4-3 in overtime.
Timothy Murphree of Fultondale was selected by the coaches as 1A-5A MVP. The junior won the 113-pound championship beating Dora’s Recio Winchester (65-11) with a technical fall (17-2). Murphree finished the season 65-2.
Best Match was the 145-pound final won by Madison County’s Alex Cohen (26-4) pver Christian Willoughby (25-3) of J.B. Pennington 9-8. Trevor Edwards of Madison County (33-2), the 170-pound champion, had the most pins (3) using just 3:40.
Montgomery Catholic sophomore Zachary Van alst (50-0) recorded his fourth state championship beating Chase Phillips (35-9) of Hayden in the finals with a 14-3 major decision.
Championship Match Results
106 pounds: Gabe Hixenbaugh (Thompson) 27-1 won by decision over Alex Thomas (Oak Mountain) 53-5 (Dec 9-2)
113 pounds: Carlos Andres (Tuscaloosa County) 52-1 won by decision over Cody Mealer (Thompson) 44-6 (Dec 6-5)
120 pounds: Dominic Latona (Thompson) 64-6 won by decision over Khaleel Johnson (Auburn) 54-9 (Dec 6-4)
126 pounds: Camden Funkhouser (Prattville) 43-9 won in sudden victory - 1 over Drew Reed (Mountain Brook) 31-3 (SV-1 11-7)
132 pounds: Matthew Paugh (Vestavia Hills) 43-7 won by decision over Michael john Harris (Oak Mountain) 58-6 (Dec 8-4)
138 pounds: Robbey Killough (Prattville) 51-1 won by fall over Jaitlin Pitts (Auburn) 35-13 (Fall 1:47)
145 pounds: Hayden Hill (Vestavia Hills) 39-4 won by decision over Dalton Meadows (Hewitt-Trussville) 39-6 (Dec 10-8)
152 pounds: Brooks Schrimsher (Huntsville) 52-4 won by decision over Austin Gandler (Mountain Brook) 37-6 (Dec 11-4)
160 pounds: Davis Perry (Hewitt-Trussville) 35-2 won by decision over Morgan Paugh (Vestavia Hills) 26-3 (Dec 6-1)
170 pounds: Caden McWhirter (Prattville) 47-0 won by tech fall over George Dazzio (Vestavia Hills) 47-12 (TF-1.5 5:17 (16-1))
182 pounds: T.J. Edwards (James Clemens) 50-3 won by tech fall over Nicholas Mobley (Thompson) 56-19 (TF-1.5 4:46 (18-3))
195 pounds: Josh Smith (Tuscaloosa County) 49-2 won by fall over Luke Hester (Thompson) 51-15 (Fall 5:25)
220 pounds: Kevin Mcclure (Spain Park) 55-3 won by decision over Bret Winters (Hoover) 33-4 (Dec 7-1)
285 pounds: T.J. Rayam (Thompson) 59-3 won by decision over Randy Hooks (Auburn) 42-6 (Dec 6-4)
106 pounds: Jacob Smith (Southside-Gadsden) 50-1 won by decision over Ty Naquin (Stanhope Elmore) 39-3 (Dec 4-1)
113 pounds: Arick Shankles (Muscle Shoals) 48-0 won by fall over John Mcalpin (Scottsboro) 43-17 (Fall 1:33)
120 pounds: Aaron Ledbetter (Chelsea) 44-17 won in sudden victory - 1 over Brennen Shankles (Muscle Shoals) 38-10 (SV-1 2-0)
126 pounds: Vershone Graham (Wetumpka) 43-4 won by fall over B.j. Hayes (Arab) 57-6 (Fall 6:46)
132 pounds: Deandre Anderson (Hueytown) 44-2 won by decision over Landon Thompson (Southside-Gadsden) 52-4 (Dec 14-8)
138 pounds: Matt King (Oxford) 55-3 won by fall over Ian Hilyer (Fort Payne) 50-9 (Fall 1:42)
145 pounds: Noah Bradford (Southside-Gadsden) 50-4 won by decision over Javon Cortez (Arab) 56-9 (Dec 6-2)
152 pounds: Brett Clark (Scottsboro) 59-4 won by decision over Hank Turner (Pinson Valley) 62-3 (Dec 4-3)
160 pounds: Khaliq Jones (Wetumpka) 41-1 won by decision over Austin Weldon (Clay-Chalkville) 54-7 (Dec 8-4)
170 pounds: Kade Kitchens (Southside-Gadsden) 53-1 won by fall over Deon Gregory (Pinson Valley) 50-11 (Fall 2:07)
182 pounds: Hunter Lee (Oxford) 64-3 won by fall over Ryan Grider (Scottsboro) 47-8 (Fall 0:49)
195 pounds: Kashus Culpepper (Benjamin Russell) 50-1 won by decision over Dawson McDaniel (Arab) 55-8 (Dec 14-8)
220 pounds: Jacob Spencer (Arab) 58-1 won by fall over Ashton Quattlebaum (Hartselle) 48-4 (Fall 4:00)
285 pounds: Daniel Bland (Benjamin Russell) 47-1 won by decision over Connor Griffin (Arab) 38-4 (Dec 7-3)
106 pounds: Nick Souder (Weaver) 65-1 won by decision over Jim Wilson (Ohatchee) 58-11 (Dec 6-4)
113 pounds: Timothy Murphree (Fultondale) 65-2 won by tech fall over Recio Winchester (Dora) 65-11 (TF-1.5 5:51 (17-2))
120 pounds: Zachary Van alst (Montgomery Catholic) 50-0 won by major decision over Chase Phillips (Hayden) 35-9 (MD 14-3)
126 pounds: Tyler Williams (Deshler) 27-8 won by decision over Braxton Wothington (Mortimer Jordan) 55-8 (Dec 4-1)
132 pounds: Kennon Reese (Tallassee) 50-4 won by decision over Austin Everett (Dora) 64-2 (Dec 5-1)
138 pounds: Chase Warren (Dora) 61-4 won by fall over Toren Pollard (Leeds) 49-2 (Fall 3:41)
145 pounds: Alec Cohen (Madison County) 26-4 won by decision over Christian Willoughby (J.B. Pennington) 25-1 (Dec 9-8)
152 pounds: Tyler Mayfield (Cleburne County) 43-2 won by decision over Alex Nickell (Leeds) 51-6 (Dec 10-7)
160 pounds: Hunter Scott (Holtville) 42-1 won by major decision over Ethan Pippin (Westminster Christian) 41-9 (MD 18-7)
170 pounds: Trevor Edwards (Madison County) 33-2 won by fall over Caleb Lauderdale (Dora) 65-8 (Fall 1:21)
182 pounds: Brett Staggs (Moody) 67-3 won by fall over Greg Abramson (Mortimer Jordan) 55-5 (Fall 3:22)
195 pounds: Christian Lane Burtram (Saint Clair County) 39-11 won by decision over Chase Rodgers (Weaver) 54-6 (Dec 9-3)
220 pounds: Alex Sandmann (Cleburne County) 48-4 won in tie breaker - 1 over Tre Nation (Leeds) 35-5 (TB-1 4-3)
285 pounds: Josephus Smith (Leeds) 41-3 won by decision over Hunter Barclay (Ohatchee) 50-6
Thompson High School, the Class 6A state champions for the last four years, leads the Class 7A competition heading into Saturday’s final day of the 60th annual AHSAA State Wrestling Championships at Huntsville Von Braun Center.
The Warriors of Coach Shawn Weltzin advanced six wrestlers to the finals that get underway at 11:30 a.m. Thompson totaled 125 points in the first day of the new 7A division. Vestavia Hills is second with 100 points and four wrestlers in finals and Hewitt-Trussville third with 69.5 points followed by Oak Mountain with 68.5.
Arab, the Class 5A champs in 2013 and 2014, lead Class 6A with 221.5 points after the second day of wrestling. Class 6A and Class 1A-5A opened the state tournament on Thursday while Class 7A commenced Friday. Oxford has 119 points, Southside-Gadsden 117 and Muscle Shoals 99 to round out the 6A top four entering Saturday's action. The Knights have four wrestlers in the finals.
Leeds improved its first-day lead by totaling 140.5 points to lead second-place Madison County (103.5) by 37 points. Weaver (98.5) is third followed by Ohatchee fourth (91). The Green Wave, going for its first state wrestling title, also has four wrestlers advancing to finals.
Three wrestlers have a chance to become four-time state champions with wins Saturday. Arab’s B.J. Hayes (57-5) pinned Athens’ Marley Taylor at 4:55 to set up a 126-pound finals versus Wetumpka’s Vershone Graham (42-4). Graham beat Joseph Green of Muscle Shoals (38-10) 8-4.
Arick Shankles of Muscle Shoals improved to 47-0 with a pin at 2:56 over Jerry Bingham of Arab at 113 pounds and will be chasing his fourth state title against John McAlpin of Scottsboro (43-16). Zachary Van alst of Montgomery Catholic (49-0) advanced to the 1A-5A 120-pound finals with a technical fall over Tommy Woodall of Sumiton Christian.
Arab 220-pounder Jacob Spencer (57-1) advanced to the 6A finals by pinning McAdory’s Frank Gonzalez in the semis and aims for his third straight state title.
Thompson heavyweight T.J. Rayam (58-3), the 2013 runner-up and 2014 champion in 6A, will face Randy Hooks of Auburn in the 285-pound finals. Rayam won a tough 3-2 decision over Hewitt-Trussville’s Kyle Miskelley and Hooks (42-5) beat Benjamin Cage of Vestavia Hills 10-7.
All finals matches will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and are available through the network’s subscriber program. The live video webcast will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
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The complete championship pairings are:
106 pounds: Alex Thomas, Oak Mtn. (53-4) vs. Gabe Hixenbaugh, Thompson (26-1)
113 pounds: Cody Mealer, Thompson (44-5) vs. Carlos Andres, Tuscaloosa County (51-1)
120 pounds: Khaleel Johnson, Auburn (54-8) vs. Dominic Latona, Thompson (63-6)
126 pounds: Camden Funkhouser, Prattville (42-9) vs. Drew Reed, Mountain Brook (31-2)
132 pounds: Matthew Paugh, Vestavia Hills (42-7) vs. Michael John Harris, Oak Mtn. (58-5)
138 pounds: Robbey Killough, Prattville (50-1) vs. Jaitlin Pitts, Auburn (35-12)
145 pounds: Dalton Meadows, Hewitt-Trussville (39-5) vs. Hayden Hill, Vestavia Hills (38-4)
152 pounds: Brooks Schrimsher, Huntsville (51-4) vs. Austin Gandler, Mountain Brook (37-5)
160 pounds: Davis Perry, Hewitt-Trussville (34-2) vs. Morgan Paugh, Vestavia Hills (26-2)
170 pounds: Caden McWhirter, Prattville (46-0) vs. George Dazzio, Vestavia Hills (47-11)
182 pounds: Nicholas Mobley, Thompson (56-18) vs. T.J. Edwards, James Clemens (49-3)
195 pounds: Josh Smith, Tuscaloosa County (48-2) vs. Luke Hester, Thompson (51-14)
220 pounds: Bret Winters, (Hoover (33-3) vs. Kevin McClure, Spain Park (54-3)
285 pounds: T.J. Rayam, Thompson (58-3) vs. Randy Hooks, Auburn (42-5)
106 pounds: Jacob Smith, Southside-Gadsden (49-1) vs. Ty Naquin Stanhope Elmore (39-2)
113 pounds: John McAlpin, Scottsboro (43-16) vs. Arick Shankles, Muscle Shoals (47-0)
120 pounds: Aaron Ledbetter, Chelsea (43-17) vs. Brennen Shankles, Muscle Shoals (38-9)
126 pounds: Vershone Graham, Wetumpka (42-4) vs. B.J. Hayes, Arab (57-5)
132 pounds: Landon Thompson, Southside-Gadsden (52-3) vs. Deandre Anderson, Hueytown (43-2)
138 pounds: Matt King, Oxford (54-3) vs. Ian Hilyer, Fort Payne (50-8)
145 pounds: Noah Bradford, Southside-Gadsden (49-4) vs. Javon Cortez, Arab (56-8)
152 pounds: Brett Clark, Scottsboro (58-4) vs. Hank Turner, Pinson Valley (62-2)
160 pounds: Austin Weldon, Clay-Chalkville (54-6) vs. Khaliq Jones, Wetumpka (40-1)
170 pounds: Deon Gregory, Pinson Va. (50-10) vs. Kade Kitchens, Southside-Gadsden (52-1)
182 pounds: Ryan Grider, Scottsboro (47-7) vs. Hunter Lee, Oxford (63-3)
195 pounds: Kashus Culpepper. Ben. Russell (49-1) vs. Dawson McDaniel, Arab (55-7)
220 pounds: Jacob Spencer, Arab (57-1) vs. Ashton Quattlebaum, Hartselle (48-3)
285 pounds: Daniel Bland, Ben. Russell (46-1) vs. Conner Griffin, Arab (38-3)
106 pounds: Jim Wilson, Ohatchee (58-10) vs. Nick Souder, Weaver (64-1)
113 pounds: Recio Winchester, Dora (65-10) vs. Timothy Murphree, Fultondale (64-2)
120 pounds: Chase Phillips, Hayden (35-8) vs. Zachary Van alst, Montgomery Catholic (49-0)
126 pounds: Tyler Williams, Deshler (26-8) vs. Braxton Worthington, Mortimer Jordan (55-7)
132 pounds: Austin Everett, Dora (64-1) vs. Kennon Reese, Tallassee (49-4)
138 pounds: Toren Pollard, Leeds (49-1) vs. Chase Warren, Dora (60-4)
145 pounds: Christian Willoughby, J.B. Pennington (25-0) vs. Alec Cohen, Madison Co. (25-
152 pounds: Alex Nickell, Leeds (51-5) vs. Tyler Mayfield, Cleburne County (42-2)
160 pounds: Ethan Pippin, Westminster (41-8) vs. Hunter Scott, Holtville (41-1)
170 pounds: Caleb Lauderdale, Dora (65-7) vs. Trevor Edwards, Madison County (32-2)
182 pounds: Greg Abramson, Mortimer Jordan (55-4) vs. Brett Staggs, Moody (66-3)
195 pounds: Chase Rodgers, Weaver (54-5) vs. Christian Burtram, Saint Clair Co. (38-11)
220 pounds: Alex Sandmann, Cleburne Co. (47-4) vs. Tre’ Nation, Leeds (35-4)
285 pounds: Josephus Smith, Leeds (40-3) vs. Hunter Barclay, Ohatchee (50-5)