Thompson, Pinson Valley, Tallassee Capture South Super Section Wrestling Championships
Three-time defending Class 6A state wrestling champion Thompson High School posted 263 points Saturday to claim the AHSAA’s first Super Section Championship.
The Warriors won the 6A title by 56 points over runner-up Auburn (207). Prattville was third with 182.5 points and Hoover finished fourth at 172.
Tallassee out-pointed defending 1A-4A state champion St. James 193-183 in claim the South championship, and Pinson Valley tallied 215.5 points to ease past Jefferson County rival Mortimer Jordan (162) for the Class 5A South crown.
The South Super Sectional was held at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl Multiplex, and the North Super Sectional was held at Birmingham’s CrossPlex Bill Harris Arena.
Eight qualifiers in each of 14 weight classes in Class 6A advance from the South and North Super Section tournaments to the 59th annual AHSAA State Wrestling Championships at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center beginning Thursday. The top four finishers in Classes 5A and 1A-4A advance from each site.
The Super Section meets were held for the first time in the AHSAA’s history.
Coach Shawn Weltzin’s Warriors will be vying for their fourth straight 6A title. Arab (5A) and St. James (1A-4A) also won state titles in 2013.
Sophomore heavyweight T.J. Rayam (56-6) defeated Jeff Davis’ Durell Robinson (28-4) in a tough 3-2 decision in the final 6A match at Montgomery. The defending state champion in the 285-pound division will lead Thompson’s strong contingent to Huntsville.
Calera’s Coby Mize won the 170-pound championship in Class 1A-4A to remain undefeated at 48-0 on the season.
The Class 6A state tournament begins Thursday while Classes 5A and 1A-4A get underway Friday. The finals in all championship matches will be held Saturday.
North Super Section
Defending Class 5A state champion Arab scored 253.5 points to claim the North Super Section championship. Vestavia Hills had 277 points to win the Class 6A division and Madison County piled up 231 points to take the 1A-4A championship.
The Arabian Knights won decisively over runner-up Southside-Gadsden (177.5) with 132-pound senior John David Henderson winning his weight division to remain unbeaten this season at 60-0. Southside’s Haden Ryals (48-0) won at 152 pounds and is also unbeaten heading into the state championships.
The AHSAA’s all-time match wins leader Brandon Womack improved to 74-0 with four straight pins to win the 5A 160-pound title. Womack, who has won individual state championships five times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), takes a 419-8 career record into this year’s state meet. He needed just over seven minutes to post his four pins in the Super Section.
Womack, who has won state championships at 103 pounds twice and once each at 112, 126 and 160 pounds, has a chance to become just the second six-time state champion in AHSAA history, Weaver’s Michael Sutton won from 1999-2004. Womack is one of just seven who have won five titles.
Hewitt-Trussville (212.5 points) finished second to Vestavia in the North 6A competition. Weaver (172.5) was second to Madison County in 1A-4A.
Super Sectional Wrestling Tournaments will be start Friday according to the regular schedule with weigh-ins at 7 a.m.
All Area Basketball Tournament games cancelled must be rescheduled for the next day, excluding Sunday. All games scheduled Thursday must be played Friday.
Beauregard won its first girls’ state title scoring 94 points to claim the Class 1A-4A championship as the 44th AHSAA State Indoor Track Championships concluded Tuesday at Birmingham’s CrossPlex. St. Paul’s tied a state record held by Mountain Brook by winning its 20th girls’ state crown.
UMS-Wright was runner-up to Beauregard with 71 points and Westminster at Oak Mountain was third with 58.
St. Paul’s posted 144 points to win the Class 5A girls championship and Homewood had 120 to take second place.
Hoover won the 6A girls’ crown for the first time since 2006. The Lady Bucs had 130 points and runner-up Pelham totaled 72.
In the boys’ competition, Coach Devon Hind’s Bucs made it a sweep as Hoover took the 6A crown with 90 points. Auburn was second with 71 points and Opelika third with 64.
Homewood won its second straight 5A boys’ title with 125 points and St. Paul’s was second with 73.
UMS-Wright captured the 1A-4A state boys’ title with 71.50 points. Montgomery Academy was second with 59 and Dadeville was a close third with 52.
A total of 12 state indoor records were either tied or broken Tuesday for a total of 25 during the two-day meet.
Highlights of Tuesday’s competition included:
CLASS 6A Girls
Brittley Humphrey and Sarah Sanford finished 1-2 in the 6A finals of the 60-meter hurdles. Humphrey, who broke her own state record in the prelims Monday, ran 8.54 to beat her time of 8.71 to set yet another record. Sanford ran a sterling 9.0 time, which bettered the state record times in Class 5A and Class 1A-4A.
Woodlawn’s Jayla Kirkland, who ran the nation’s seventh fastest prep indoor 60-meter time this season in Monday’s 60-meter prelims, topped that 7.50 mark with a winning time of 7.49 in the finals. Reigning champion Caitland Smith of Pelham was second with a 7.51 time.
Hoover’s 4x400 relay team also set a new state mark with a winning time of 3:56.58.
In what may have been the closest 400-meter girls’ race in state history, Pelham’s Smith and Hoover’s Sanford finished 1-2, just .03 seconds apart. Smith won in 56.51 seconds and Sanford, who lunged and did a complete tumble roll at the finish line, clocked 56.54. The times were just .36 and .39 off the state mark set by Joy Maneice-Marbury of Hoover in 2012.
CLASS 5A GIRLS
One record fell with St. Paul’s winning the 4x400 relay in 4:09.50.
CLASS 1A-4A GIRLS
Lincoln’s Shelbi White clocked 57.89 seconds in the 400-meter dash in the first event of the day and set a new Class 1A-4A state record. She edged Katie Brooks Boone of Westminster at Oak Mountain, who set the state mark last year with a 58.36 time. Boone ran 59.54.
Boone won the 60-meter dash with a 1A-4A state record 7.70. She also set the record last year with a 7.75.
CLASS 6A BOYS
Jaalen Jones of Thompson tied the indoor mark in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.89 seconds. Marlon Humphrey, who was injured in the long jump Monday and did not compete in any event Tuesday, set the 6.89 mark in 2013.
The 1,600-meter race turned out to be a sprint to the finish as Auburn’s Dylan Ogburn edged Austin Norwood of Hewitt-Trussville by .88 seconds in the best boys’ race of the day. Ogburn clocked 4:30.06 and Norwood 4:30.94.
CLASS 5A BOYS
Harrison Dudley of Paul Bryant won the Class 5A 400-meter dash in 48.68 seconds, setting a new state record. Hunter Hawkins of Walker held the record since his 49.97 time in 2012.
In the 5A boys’ 1,600-meter race, no record was set but Andy Smith of Homewood pulled past teammate Alex Ngei at the finish line to claim the championship in 4:35.62. Ngei’s second-place time was 4:57.14.
Homewood followed up with a state-record effort in the 4x800-meter relay. The Patriots clocked 8:19.17 to win and eclipsed the previous record set by Walker in 2012 by .37 seconds. The Vikings clocked 8:19.56.
Paul Bryant also set a 5A record in the 4x400 relay with a winning time of 3:25.71.
CLASS 1A-4A BOYS
Ismail Saleem of St. Jude broke the Class 1A-4A state record he set Monday in the 60-meter dash prelims with a 7.03 time in the finals. He ran 7.10 Monday.
Montgomery Academy also set a record in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:36.59.
The AHSAA State Indoor Track Championship has been re-scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at the Birmingham CrossPlex, AHSAAS Executive Director Steve Savarese announced Thursday.
With the move to Monday and Tuesday, the original event schedule will be used each day, with events beginning on Monday at 10 a.m., and Tuesday at 9 a.m.
The move became necessary when Gov. Robert Bentley extended the state of emergency declaration through Friday for school systems still impacted by this week’s inclement weather.
“Travel and safety are of the utmost concern,” said Savarese. “Many of our school systems will still be closed Friday. We also do not want to exclude student-athletes from competing because of this state of emergency. Our Championship Interruption policy provides guidelines concerning these types of situations, and we are following these guidelines.”
Savarese said the CrossPlex is working closely with the AHSAA to make the necessary adjustments for the facility.
Updated information concerning the State Indoor Track Championships will be available on the AHSAA website, www.ahsaa.com, as it becomes available.