BIRMINGHAM – Oxford High School won nine of the 14 matches Saturday to beat Southside-Gadsden 40-24 in the finals of the AHSAA State Wrestling Duals Tournament at the CrossPlex Bill Harris Arena.
Coach Matt Hicks’ Yellow Jackets, 22-15 in dual matches this season, managed four pins while Southside had two victories by fall. The Panthers are coached by Kristopher Bouton.
Junior Jackson Hurst (27-20) won by pin at 132 pounds with the other Oxford pins registered by junior Matt King (48-4) at 170 pounds, junior Matthew Muncher (28-21) at 220 pounds and sophomore Clay Webb (43-1) at 285 pounds.
Southside pins were posted by seniors Sam Colvin in the 145-pound match and Landon Thompson (60-2) at 160 pounds
Oxford picked up nine wins in the 14 matches. Winning by pins were senior Will Spencer (41-4) at 160 pounds, senior Ian Scott (46-2) at 195 pounds, junior Jack Tindall (42-5) at 220 pounds and senior Michael Weaver (34-8) at 170 pounds Moody (43-11), coached by J.T. Gosnell, picked up two pins – by senior Will Patterson (38-5) at 120 pounds and senior Steven Porter (38-18) at 285 pounds.
The 2017 AHSAA Wrestling Duals close out Saturday afternoon with Vestavia Hills meeting Oak Mountain in the Class 7A finals match at 4 p.m.
Complete results from Saturday’s Class 6A finals:
AHSAA Class 6A Dual Finals
Oxford 40, Southside-Gadsden 24
106 pounds:. Andrew Smith (SS) (58-3) dec. Chase Hicks (O) (51-18), 11-2.
113 pounds: Landon Burrage (O) (51-15) dec. Jacob Dease (SS) (31-16), 8-4.
120 pounds: Jacob Chisolm (O) (35-18) dec. Dathan Finley (SS) (29-23), 4-2.
126 pounds: Jacob Smith (SS) (57-4) dec. Wesley Slick (O) (20-7), 15-5.
132 pounds: Jackson Hurst (O) (27-20) pinned Dakota Roddick (SS) (36-16), 3:24.
138 pounds: Colin Edwards (SS) (9-10) major dec. Carson Lindsey (O) (36-23), 15-3.
145 pounds: Sam Colvin (SS) (54-3) pinned Kendrick Young (O) (3-1), 1:22.
152 pounds: Gryce McDaniel (O) (35-19) dec. Kale Venn (SS) (36-18), 4-3.
160 pounds: Landon Thompson (SS) (60-2) pinned Andrew Boyles (O) (32-14), 3:06.
170 pounds: Matt King (O) (48-4) pinned Jacob Hollingsworth (SS) (34-20), 1:05.
182 pounds: Jack Peavey (O) (43-3) dec. Ethan Stevenson (SS) (43-24), 18-8.
195 pounds: Joshua Thomas (O) (16-12) dec. Austin Daugherty (SS) (32-30), 8-4.
220 pounds: Matthew Muncher (O) (28-21) pinned Tyler Farris (SS) (17-33), 1:08.
285 pounds: Clay Webb (O) (43-1) pinned Taylor Chappell (SS) (20-36), 0:18
PELHAM – Vestavia Hills High School’s boys bowled a 3,014 pin total in the first day’s traditional bowling round of the AHSAA State Bowling Championships Thursday to take a top seed into Friday’s championship bracket round of play. Thompson earned top seed in the girls’ competition with a 2,396 total. Both totals are new traditional series team state tournament records.
Schools bowled Thursday for seeding purposes – setting the stage for a 16-team dual match single elimination bracket in the final day of competition at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes Friday.
The second annual AHSAA State Bowling Championships saw team scores soar to new heights with five schools surpassing last year’s record-setting first-day series of 2,713 bowled by Stanhope Elmore. Each team, consisting of five players, bowled three rounds of traditional three-game series. The Rebels posted a 992-985-1,037—3,014 series. The third-round total also broke the record of 1,024 set by Mary Montgomery in 2016. East Limestone also surpassed last year’s total with a 1,032 score in the third round Thursday. The Indians had a team total of 2,786 and joined Spain Park (2,857), James Clemens (2,788) and Stanhope Elmore (2,753) is eclipsed last year’s series overall record.
Vestavia Hills will face Northview in the first round Friday morning. Second seed and defending state champion Spain Park will meet Indian Springs. A total of eight first-round games will be followed with for quarterfinal matches, two semifinals and the finals in each division, set for 5 p.m.
East Limestone’s Brendan Ferris rolled a 262-227-222—711 series to set a new boys’ tradition series state tournament record Thursday. His 262 game in the first round was the second highest boys’ single-game total of the day. Christian Dobbs of Etowah had the best game, a 277 rolled in game three, but finished 11th overall with a 595 series. Zachary Ward of Stanhope Elmore finished second behind Ferris in the individual scoring with a 213-214-246—673 total. Brett Kilgore of Grissom was third at 211-203-236—650.
Lady Warriors Roll to Top Seed
Thompson, the South Regional tournament girls’ champion in 2016 and 2017, led the girls’ team scoring by 198 pins over Southside-Gadsden, the 2017 North Regional champion. The Lady Warrior posted scores of 839-733-819—2,396 while Southside’s total was 716-761-721—2,198.
Thompson, which set a single-round record with the 839 total, will open the championship bracket Friday morning against Lamar County. Southside’s Panthers, the second seed, will meet Foley in the first round. Defending girls’ state champ Sparkman posted a 2,059 total and will be seventh seed Friday.
Macy Fields of Tuscaloosa’s Capitol School bowled 195-179-212—586 to lead the girls’ individual competition Thursday. Teammates Jessica Lynn Sherman and Alexianna Griffin of Thompson posted series of 518 and 509 to finish 2-3 behind Fields.
Fields’ 212 game in the third round was the high for the girls. Thompson’s Katie Keener had a 200 in the first round for the only other 200-plus game of the day in the girls’ competition.
AHSAA State Bowling Championships
At Oak Mountain Lanes, Pelham
FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET PAIRINGS
(Each match consists of 5 Baker Format games)
First Round, 8 a.m.; Finals set for 5 p.m.
Thompson (top seed) vs. Lamar County
Spain Park vs. Capitol School
Vestavia Hills vs. Auburn
Gulf Shores vs. Hartselle
Etowah vs. Pelham
James Clemens vs. Mary Montgomery
Sparkman vs. Pinson Valley
Foley vs. Southside-Gadsden (second seed)
Vestavia Hills (top seed) vs. Northview
Auburn vs. Thompson
Stanhope Elmore vs. Gadsden City
Etowah vs. East Limestone
James Clemens vs. Madison County
Mary Montgomery vs. Hewitt-Trussville
Grissom vs. Lincoln
Indian Springs vs. Spain Park (second seed)
AHSAA State Bowling Championships
At Oak Mountain Lanes, Pelham
Thursday’s Results (Traditional Series)
Vestavia Hills 697-733-658—2,088
Mary Montgomery 739-710-626—2,075
Spain Park 706-693-647—2,046
Capitol School 698-688-643—2,029
Pinson Valley 592-697-729—2,018
James Clemens 666-693-600—2,011
Gulf Shores 594-671-643—1,908
Lamar County 557-511-605—1,673
Vestavia Hills 992-985-1037—3,014
Spain Park 939-941-977—2,857
James Clemens 942-963-883—2,788
East Limestone 918-836-1032—2,786
Stanhope Elmore 901-923-929—2,753
Mary Montgomery 772-790-844—2,406
Gadsden City 831-778-795—2,404
Madison County 768-723-850—2,341
Indian Springs 751-690-775—2,216
Girls’ Series (Top 15)
Macy Fields, Capitol School 195-179-212—586
Jessica Lynn Sherman, Thompson 180-156-182—518
Alexianna Griffin, Thompson 168-181-160—509
Jessica Clontz, Southside-Gadsden 167-173-167—507
Mary Katherine Tedder, Spain Park 163-163-175—501
Kailie Kruszewski, Mary Montgomery 171-165-159—495
TK Gibbs, Etowah 142-167-178—487
Katie Keener, Thompson 200-125-160—485
Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman 169-157-150—476
Emily Cowart, Hartselle 182-168-125—475
Lexi Gibbs, Etowah 174-133-161—468
Jenny Kim, Auburn 153-185-127—465
Ruth Adams, Auburn 114-168-178—460
Emily Jane Hardy, Vestavia Hills 147-166-146—459
Hayley Bedingfield, James Clemens 181-142-135—458
Girls’ High Games
Katie Keener, Thompson 200
Macy Fields, Capitol School 195
Brittany Guy, Foley 191
Emily Cowart, Hartselle 182
Hayley Bedingfield, J. Clemens 181
Jessica Lynn Sherman, Thompson 180
Jackie Beard, Sparkman 189
Jenny Kim, Auburn 185
Alexianna Griffin, Thompson 181
Shaley Smith, James Clemens 180
Macy Fields, Capitol School 179
Camille Mask, M Montgomery 175
Macy Fields, Capitol School 212
Jessica Lynn Sherman, Thompson 182
TK Gibbs, Etowah 178
Ruth Adams, Auburn 178
Mary Katherine Tedder, Spain Park 175
Gillian Baker, Thompson 170
Mae Jemison downed Lee-Huntsville 68-37 Friday night and handed Coach Jack Doss another milestone win in his prep basketball coaching career – now in its 37th year. John Petty scored 17 points as Doss’s Jaguars (22-4) recorded Doss’s 800th career win.
Doss, who guided J.O. Johnson to the Class 5A state championship last season to become the only boys’ basketball coach in the AHSAA to lead teams to nine state titles, is now 800-329 overall. Johnson became Mae Jemison this school year.
Doss won two state titles at Hayes High School in Birmingham, five at Butler High School in Huntsville and two at J.O. Johnson. Hayes is now a middle school and Butler is now closed. He is the fourth boys’ coach in AHSAA history to win 800 games. Eugene Mason of R.C. Hatch closed his career with 919 wins, Cap Brown of Parker won 890 and Willie Scoggins of Ramsay won 864.
Mason, Brown and Scoggins are now deceased. Including Doss, all four are in the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Thompson High School’s Lady Warriors, coached by Chris Hollingsworth, won four matches Friday in the South Regional Bowling championship bracket at Foley’s Gulf Bowl to claim the regional title for the second year in a row. All matches consisted of five Baker format games.
Stanhope Elmore also won the South Regional boys’ bowling championship for the second year in a row. Capturing North Regional tourney titles at Tuscaloosa’s Leland Lanes were Southside-Gadsden’s girls and James Clemens’ boys. James Clemens swept both the boys’ and girls’ regional championships last season.
The top eight girls’ teams and top eight boys’ teams in Friday’s championship elimination bracket from each regional advanced to earn a berth in the second annual AHSAA State Bowling Championships set for Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes Jan. 26-27. Defending state champions are Spain Park’s boys and Sparkman’s girls. Both are among the qualifiers from regional tourney competition.
Thompson beat Shelby County rival Pelham 741 to 615 in the South girls’ finals Friday. Thompson also beat Houston Academy, Foley and Vestavia Hills to reach the championship match. Pelham downed Spanish Fort, Mary Montgomery and Spain Park to advance to the finals.
Coach Dawn Kelly’s Stanhope Elmore Mustangs posted a 928 total in the finals, and Auburn had 859.
Southside-Gadsden, coached by Zach Blume, won a close match over defending North Regional champion James Clemens in the North girls’ finals, 784 to 757. In the North Regional boy’s finals, James Clemens, coached by Anthony Pickard, won 947 to 776 over Etowah.
The closest match of the day was the North boys’ quarterfinal win by Lincoln, which posted a two-pin victory over East Limestone, 892-890.
Top team scores for the day at the South Regional were Vestavia Hills’ 824 pins in a first-round girls’ win over Satsuma, and Vestavia Hills’ 986 in its first-round boys’ win, also over Satsuma. In the North Regional, top match score for the girls was Etowah’s 797 in a quarterfinal win over Pinson Valley. The best boys’ match total was James Clemens’ 947 in the finals.
Teams qualifying for the state tournament next week include:
(South) Thompson; Pelham; Vestavia Hills; Spain Park; Auburn; Foley; Gulf Shores; Mary Montgomery.
(North) Southside-Gadsden; Etowah; Sparkman; James Clemens; Capitol School; Lamar County; Hartselle; Pinson Valley.
(South) Stanhope Elmore; Auburn; Thompson; Spain Park; Indian Springs; Mary Montgomery; Northview; Vestavia Hills.
(North) James Clemens; Etowah; Lincoln; Gadsden City; East Limestone; Grissom; Hewitt-Trussville; Madison County.