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Vestavia Hills, Oxford, Arab Claim AHSAA State Wrestling Championships at Von Braun Center

   HUNTSVILLE – Vestavia Hills High School won its second Class 7A state championship in a row, Arab picked up the 1A-5A championship for its fifth consecutive state crown and Oxford posted 195 points to grab the Class 6A state crown as the AHSAA Class 2017 State Wrestling Championships concluded Saturday at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center.
   Coach Monterrious Adams picked up the first state championship of his head-coaching career as Vestavia compiled 131.5 points to edge runner-up and arch-rival Hoover. The Bucs had 107.5 points, Thompson was third with 97 and Hewitt-Trussville finished fourth with 94. It was the Rebels’ 15th state crown overall, an AHSAA state record.
   Coach Michael Pruitt’s Arab Knights extended their state-championship streak to five – scoring 176.5 points with runner-up Cleburne County scoring 123. Tallassee was third with 110 and Alexandria was fourth with 104.5. The Knights won 6A state titles in 2015 and 2016 and the Class 5A crowns in 2013 and 2014. Arab also won the 5A title in 2011.
  Oxford, coached by Matt Hicks, captured the school’s first state title in school history with 195 points. Southside-Gadsden was second with 171.5, Pinson Valley was third at 148 and Homewood was fourth with 115.5.
    Saturday’s finals were highlighted by Montgomery Catholic senior Zachary Van Alst’s win in the 1A-5A 138-pound finals. Val Alst (67-0) joined an elite group of wrestlers to win six state titles. He beat Hayden’s Chace Phillips (60-2) with a 12-4 major decision.
    Upsets were prominent, especially in the Class 6A heavyweight bout and the Class 1A-5A 113-pound finals. Stanhope Elmore junior Jacob Andrews (37-3) beat sophomore Clay Webb of Oxford (56-2) in a 4-3 decision. That match was judged as the best in Class 6A Saturday.
    Hayden junior Landon Castleberry (60-9) beat Fultondale junior Macon of Edwards (73-1) of Fultondale in the 113-pound finals with a 16-7 major decision. Edwards was defending state champion after finishing 90-0 in 2016. The winning streak extended to 163 matches until Saturday’s final bout.
     In other highlights, Carial Tarter of Mortimer Jordan finished with a perfect 47-0 record  with an 8-6 win over Kolton Scott of Scottsboro (37-4) in the 145-pound Class 1A-5A championship bout. That match was judged the top bout of Class 1A-5A and Tarter earned MVPs for his division with the win.
   Ethan Pippin of Westminster Christian (53-0) also finished unbeaten with a win in the Class 1A-5A 170-pound finals. Other wrestlers winning state championships with unbeaten records included 182-pounder Christian Knop of Alexandria (58-0) in Class 1A-5A; Class 6A 182-pound winner Carlos Miguel Figueroa of Homewood (27-0); Class 7A 182-pound senior Brooks Schrimsher of Huntsville (41-0); and Vestavia Hills 220-pound champion James Edwards (421-0). Edwards’ twin brother Jacob Edwards (39-4) was beaten the 285-pound finals by Hoover senior Austin Carter (20-3).
    Landon Thompson of Southside-Gadsden (74-2) won the 152-pound Class 6A championship with a technical fall (21-6) at 3:38 over Isaac Jackson of Park Crossing (22-3) and earned Class 6A MVP honors.
    In Class 7A, sophomore Sam Latona (71-1) won the 113-pound championship for Thompson pinning Sullivan Tipton of Oak Mountain at 3:32 in the finals. He had most pins in 7A.  Junior Barrett Blakely of Oak Mountain (45-3) was name Class 7A MVP. He won the 160-pound title with a 7-3 decision over Bowman Hill of Vestavia Hills in the championship bout.
    Vestavia, Oxford and Arab also swept the AHSAA Duals Tournament first-ever titles earlier this month.

AHSAA 2017 STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
CLASS 1A – 5A FINAL RESULTS

Team scoring
Arab 176.5; Cleburne County 123; Tallassee 110; Alexandria 104.5; Mae Jemison 95; Weaver 84; Moody 83; Hayden 79; Madison County 75.5; Scottsboro 73.5; Leeds 64.5; Deshler 57; Dora 54; Walter Wellborn 52; Westminster Christian 48; Ohatchee 45; Mortimer Jordan 44; St. Clair County 42; Holtville 39; Susan Moore 38; Fultondale 34; Montgomery Catholic 31; Oak Grove 28.5; Lee-Huntsville 20; Sumiton Christian 18.5; American Christian 15; Alabama School for Blind 13; Elmore County 12; Piedmont 12; Saint James 11; Shelby County 10; Saks 9, Wilson 9; Beauregard 7; New Hope 6; Montevallo 5; Corner 4; Prattville Christian 4; Ranburne 4; East Limestone 3;2; Ashville 1; Gordo 1.
Most Valuable Wrestler: Carial Tarter, Mortimer Jordan.
Most Pins: Will Spencer, Arab (3 pins, 3:57 total).
Best Match: (145 Pounds) Carial Tarter, Mortimer Jordan vs.  Kolton Clark, Scottsboro.

CLASS 1A – 5A INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1A-5A 106 Pounds:

Championship Match
Jailen Young (Mae Jemison) 63-3, Sr. over Jaden New (Alexandria) 56-5, 7th. (Dec 13-6).
3rd Place Match
Joseph Martin (Arab) 56-3, So. over Jackson Elder (American Christian) 36-5, So. (Dec 7-4).
5th Place Match
Cody Souder (Weaver) 52-15, 8th. over Will Jeffcoat (Leeds) 43-8, So. (Dec 8-2).

1A-5A 113 Pounds:
Championship Match
Landon Castleberry (Hayden) 60-9, Jr. over Macon Edwards (Fultondale) 73-1, Jr. (MD 16-7).
3rd Place Match
Zack Haynes (Tallassee) 50-6, Fr. over Stephen Williams (Moody) 52-9, Sr. (Dec 9-3).
5th Place Match
Kaleb Matthews (Alexandria) 49-12, Fr. over Dylan Turner (Cleburne County) 38-11, Jr. (Dec 4-2).

1A-5A 120 Pounds:
Championship Match
John Mcalpin (Scottsboro) 36-3, Jr. over Will Patterson (Moody) 57-6, Sr. (Dec 6-0).
3rd Place Match
Kage Robertson (Susan Moore) 52-7, Jr. over Garrett Mcclendon (Arab) 56-11, So. (Fall 2:01).
5th Place Match
Fletcher Swindall (Alexandria) 51-7, So. over Zachary Clayton (Dora) 67-9, Jr. (Dec 7-2).

1A-5A 126 Pounds:
Championship Match
Nick Souder (Weaver) 63-1, Sr. over Brantley Mchugh (Madison County) 39-5, Jr. (Dec 10-6).
3rd Place Match
Max Miller (St. Clair County) 54-11, Sr. over Sebastian Berres (Mae Jemison) 60-14, Fr. (Dec 4-3).
5th Place Match
Peyton Weber (Arab) 32-11, Jr. over Chase Melton (Fultondale) 63-13, Sr. (MD 14-1).

1A-5A 132 Pounds:
Championship Match
Michael Land (Moody) 61-2, Sr. over Seth Hyatt (Arab) 53-10, Sr. (Dec 9-6).
3rd Place Match
Tanner Hallmark (Hayden) 53-10, Jr. over Tommy Woodall (Sumiton Christian) 46-6, Sr. (Fall 4:03).
5th Place Match
Jordan Price (Tallassee) 47-8, Sr. over Hunter Beason (Cleburne County) 29-19, So. (Fall 2:18).

1A-5A 138 Pounds:
Championship Match
Zachary Van alst (Montgomery Catholic) 67-0, Sr. over Chace Phillips (Hayden) 60-2, Sr. (MD 12-4).
3rd Place Match
Clay Jones (Arab) 62-6, Jr. over Gannon Womack (Alexandria) 50-16, Sr. (Dec 6-5).
5th Place Match
Zachary Williamson (Cleburne County) 40-6, Fr. over Isiah Franklin (Mae Jemison) 62-18, Jr. (Fall 2:31).

1A-5A 145 Pounds:
Championship Match
Carial Tarter (Mortimer Jordan) 47-0, Jr. over Kolton Clark (Scottsboro) 37-4, So. (SV-1 8-6).
3rd Place Match
Aaron Whittaker (Alexandria) 49-9, Jr. over Jaquan Rhodes (Mae Jemison) 56-11, Sr. (Dec 5-3).
5th Place Match
Chandler Teems (Leeds) 48-8, . over Brady Richardson (Holtville) 57-6, Jr. (For.).

1A-5A 152 Pounds:
Championship Match
Tyler Mayfield (Cleburne County) 39-1, Sr. over Channing Marmann (Deshler) 35-8, So. (Dec 4-0).
3rd Place Match
Tristen Blair (Dora) 63-6, Sr. over Patrick Harden (Arab) 54-15, Jr. (MD 13-4).
5th Place Match
Dawson Anderson (Leeds) 60-6, Sr. over Gavin Rogers (Mortimer Jordan) 39-13, Sr. (Dec 3-0).

1A-5A 160 Pounds:
Championship Match
Will Spencer (Arab) 53-4, Sr. over Shon`derious Spralling (Mae Jemison) 62-3, Sr. (Dec 8-3).
3rd Place Match
Seth Shelton (Madison County) 37-11, Sr. over Brandon Franklin (Leeds) 47-8, Sr. (Dec 2-0).
5th Place Match
Clayton Conner (Walter Wellborn) 42-11, Sr. over Jason Higgins (Cleburne County) 33-17, Jr. (Fall 3:42).

1A-5A 170 Pounds:
Championship Match
Ethan Pippin (Westminster Christian) 53-0, Jr. over Christian Seale (Cleburne County) 34-10, Fr. (TF-1.5 4:00 (15-0)).
3rd Place Match
Hayden Pitts (Ohatchee) 25-9, Sr. over Peyton Johnson (Holtville) 59-7, Sr. (Dec 7-5).
5th Place Match
Samuel Bramlett (Madison County) 38-16, Sr. over Kyle Clapper (Weaver) 53-11, Sr. (For.).

1A-5A 182 Pounds:
Championship Match
Christian Knop (Alexandria) 58-0, So. over Davion Watkins (Lee-Huntsville) 28-3, Jr. (Fall 2:47).
3rd Place Match
Monquavias Ricks (Deshler) 46-10, Jr. over Samuel Pate (Cleburne County) 35-7, Sr. (Dec 3-1).
5th Place Match
Jacob Humphries (Oak Grove) 42-6, Sr. over Hudson Deem (Tallassee) 38-11, Sr. (Fall 4:36).

1A-5A 195 Pounds:
Championship Match
Ian Scott (Arab) 59-3, Sr. over Stephen White (Madison County) 47-8, So. (Dec 9-4).
3rd Place Match
Andy Baker (Tallassee) 53-2, So. over Slater Fuller (Deshler) 40-11, Sr. (Dec 7-0).
5th Place Match
Curtis Taylor (Alabama Sch. For Blind) 43-8, Sr. over Cade Smith (Cleburne County) 36-9, So. (Fall 3:57).

1A-5A 220 Pounds:
Championship Match
Caleb Montgomery (Ohatchee) 34-5, Sr. over Sean caleb Allison (Weaver) 46-5, So. (Dec 2-1).
3rd Place Match
Skyler Mizzell (St. Clair County) 54-5, So. over Zachery Chandler (Walter Wellborn) 32-16, Sr. (Dec 6-4).
5th Place Match
Caleb Anderson (Scottsboro) 27-13, So. over Jack Tindall (Arab) 59-9, Jr. (Dec 3-1).

1A-5A 285 Pounds:
Championship Match
Jake Baker (Tallassee) 45-1, Sr. over Kendall Farr (Westminster Christian) 47-6, Sr. (Dec 5-3).
3rd Place Match
Matt Jenkins (Dora) 61-7, Sr. over Hunter Alexander (Arab) 58-14, Sr. (Dec 4-2).
5th Place Match
Connor Uesry (Weaver) 36-19, Sr. over Nathan Smith (Holtville) 51-11, Sr. (Dec 5-2).

CLASS 6A FINAL RESULTS

Team scoring
Oxford 195; Southside-Gadsden 171.5; Pinson Valley 148; Homewood 115.5; Athens 111.5; Wetumpka 105.5; Clay-Chalkville 92; Chelsea 69; Gulf Shores 68; Gardendale 66; McAdory 47; Columbia 44; Helena 43; Park Crossing 42; Austin 41; Spanish Fort 40; Stanhope Elmore 40; Pelham 33.5; Pell City 33; Muscle Shoals 30; Opelika 26; Benjamin Russell 24; Shades Valley 22; Minor 21; Fort Payne 18; Carver-Montgomery 17; Daphne 12; Center Point 11; Hueytown 11; Northview 11; Brookwood 10; Paul Bryant 10; Florence 7; Baldwin County 6; Hartselle 5; Northridge 5; Sidney Lanier 5; Carver-Birmingham 4; Russsell County 3; Walker 1.
Most Valuable Wrestler: Landon Thompson, Southside-Gadsden.
Most Pins: Joseph Green, Muscle Shoals (4 pins, 14:05 total).
Best Match: (285 Pounds) Jacob Andrews, Stanhope Elmore vs. Clay Webb, Oxford.

CLASS 6A INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
6A 106 Pounds:

Championship Match
Andrew Smith (Southside-Gadsden) 71-4, Jr. over George Vazquez (Pinson Valley) 43-7, So. (Dec 7-2).
3rd Place Match
Dylan Lesueur (Clay-Chalkville) 42-7, So. over Chase Hicks (Oxford) 66-20, 8th. (Dec 5-2).
5th Place Match
Russ Boackle (Gardendale) 46-22, Fr. over Gabriel Warren (Spanish Fort) 43-11, 7th. (Dec 7-4).

6A 113 Pounds:
Championship Match
Trent Young (Athens) 35-11, Jr. over Brantley Ledbetter (Chelsea) 44-10, Jr. (Fall 1:17).
3rd Place Match
Jacob Dease (Southside-Gadsden) 42-20, 8th. over Landon Burrage (Oxford) 63-18, So. (SV-1 6-4).
5th Place Match
Bryce Wanagat (Pelham) 23-12, 7th. over Mason Shell (Pell City) 33-16, Fr. (Fall 4:15).

6A 120 Pounds:
Championship Match
Jacob Smith (Southside-Gadsden) 70-4, Sr. over Jakob Chisolm (Oxford) 46-20, 8th. (TF-1.5 6:00 (19-0)).
3rd Place Match
Gage Hudson (Gulf Shores) 48-7, So. over Marshall Stone (Homewood) 28-5, Sr. (Dec 6-3).
5th Place Match
Jacob Smith (Clay-Chalkville) 26-9, Jr. over Brandon Seawright (Minor) 20-18, Fr. (Fall 2:31).

6A 126 Pounds:
Championship Match
Wesley Slick (Oxford) 32-7, So. over Cole Blackwell (Wetumpka) 54-6, So. (Dec 5-2).
3rd Place Match
Quenmarius Byrd (Pinson Valley) 30-10, Jr. over Samuel luke Blalock (Clay-Chalkville) 35-12, Fr. (Dec 11-6).
5th Place Match
Coleman Kim (Gardendale) 6-3, Jr. over Desmond Shuman (Opelika) 48-19, Jr. (Dec 2-0).

6A 132 Pounds:
Championship Match
Justin Ingram (Spanish Fort) 53-1, Jr. over Colin Edwards (Southside-Gadsden) 54-11, Jr. (Dec 9-5).
3rd Place Match
Deacon Cowart (Athens) 28-15, So. over Jackson Stocks (Pell City) 24-15, So. (Dec 10-4).
5th Place Match
Ryan Spradley (Benjamin Russell) 30-22, Fr. over Jacob Williams (Clay-Chalkville) 19-20, So. (Dec 6-2).

6A 138 Pounds:
Championship Match
Sam Colvin (Southside-Gadsden) 66-4, Sr. over Josh Walker (Pinson Valley) 40-6, Sr. (MD 16-7).
3rd Place Match
Bailey Roan (Gulf Shores) 47-5, Sr. over Desmond Dempsy (Austin) 26-12, Sr. (Dec 12-5).
5th Place Match
Joe Harmon (Chelsea) 42-14, Sr. over Logan Farmer (Athens) 28-20, Fr. (Fall 1:30).

6A 145 Pounds:
Championship Match
Joseph Green (Muscle Shoals) 34-1, Sr. over Javonic Turner (Homewood) 28-5, Jr. (Fall 4:57).
3rd Place Match
Clint Glaze (Chelsea) 31-19, Jr. over Mason Blackwell (Wetumpka) 34-15, 8th. (Dec 3-2).
5th Place Match
Justus Venn (Southside-Gadsden) 45-28, Jr. over John paul Uter (Gulf Shores) 45-12, Fr. (Dec 10-7).

6A 152 Pounds:
Championship Match
Landon Thompson (Southside-Gadsden) 74-2, Sr. over Isaac Jackson (Park Crossing) 22-3, Sr. (TF-1.5 3:38 (21-6)).
3rd Place Match
William Cummings (Helena) 52-10, Sr. over Christian Hopkins (Pinson Valley) 41-10, Jr. (Dec 6-5).
5th Place Match
Zaquarius Harris (Columbia) 38-17, So. over Ryan Tibaldo (Athens) 29-21, Jr. (Dec 3-1).

6A 160 Pounds:
Championship Match
Matt King (Oxford) 63-4, Jr. over Trevor Muncey (Gardendale) 57-7, Jr. (MD 13-3).
3rd Place Match
Sam Ingram (Chelsea) 43-9, So. over Devin Hackworth (McAdory) 59-9, Sr. (Fall 4:54).
5th Place Match
Tobias Garrison (Stanhope Elmore) 50-8, Jr. over Ethan Stevenson (Southside-Gadsden) 52-30, So. (SV-1 7-5).

6A 170 Pounds:
Championship Match
Thomas Carter (Athens) 42-3, Jr. over Nathan Dunaway (Helena) 61-5, Fr. (MD 16-8).
3rd Place Match
Khymel Chaverst (Pinson Valley) 52-4, Jr. over Isaiah Mcdougal (Columbia) 45-9, Jr. (Fall 4:29).
5th Place Match
Johon Peavey (Oxford) 55-8, Sr. over Jabari Blackmon (Homewood) 17-9, Jr. (Fall 4:48).

6A 182 Pounds:
Championship Match
Carlos miguel Figueroa (Homewood) 27-0, So. over Tony Norman (Austin) 31-5, Jr. (Dec 9-3).
3rd Place Match
Alex Montgomery (Pelham) 36-6, Sr. over Trent Barrett (Wetumpka) 45-6, Sr. (Dec 5-3).
5th Place Match
Thad jackson Prater (Athens) 33-14, Sr. over Justin Lewis (Carver-Montgomery) 39-9, Jr. (Fall 2:04).

6A 195 Pounds:
Championship Match
Carlos jesus Figueroa (Homewood) 30-3, Sr. over Joshua Thomas (Oxford) 28-14, Sr. (For.).
3rd Place Match
David Pike (Pinson Valley) 38-5, Sr. over David Hunter (McAdory) 56-11, Jr. (Fall 3:15).
5th Place Match
Noah Barclay (Wetumpka) 37-14, So. over Dremere Woods (Paul Bryant) 25-11, Jr. (Dec 5-1).

6A 220 Pounds:
Championship Match
Jackson Jones (Clay-Chalkville) 49-1, So. over Reynard Ellis (Shades Valley) 22-2, Sr. (Dec 9-6).
3rd Place Match
Jacquez Dixon (Park Crossing) 18-5, Sr. over Dangelo Humphrey (Columbia) 34-15, Sr. (Dec 4-3).
5th Place Match
John ellis Rawls (Wetumpka) 51-2, Sr. over Michael Dawson (Opelika) 32-10, Fr. (Dec 6-1).

6A 285 Pounds:
Championship Match
Jacob Andrews (Stanhope Elmore) 37-3, Jr. over Clay Webb (Oxford) 56-2, So. (Dec 4-3).
3rd Place Match
Trent Holley (Wetumpka) 50-4, Sr. over Taylor Rhodes (Pinson Valley) 41-5, Sr. (Fall 2:03).
5th Place Match
Nasir Hilaire (Minor) 24-6, Sr. over Brian Gardner (Hueytown) 30-15, Jr. (Fall 5:29).

CLASS 7A FINAL RESULTS
Team scoring
Vestavia Hills 131.5; Hoover 107.5; Thompson 97; Hewitt-Trussville 94; Oak Mountain 78.5; Huntsville 71.5; Central-Phenix City 44; Sparkman 42; Grissom 39; Bob Jones 33; Spain Park 21; Auburn 19; James Clemens 16; Prattville 16; Jeff Davis 12; Mountain Brook 12; Fairhope 10; Buckhorn 8; Smiths Station 5; Lee-Montgomery 3.
Most Valuable Wrestler: Barrett Blakely, Oak Mountain.
Most Pins: Sam Latona, Thompson (3 pins, 7:49 total).
Best Match: (132 Pounds) Heath Willliamson, Hewitt-Trussville vs. Jawaun Doughty, Huntsville.

CLASS 7A INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
7A 106 Pounds:

Championship Match
Sam Latona (Thompson) 71-1, So. over Sullivan Tipton (Oak Mountain) 29-11, Fr. (Fall 3:32).
3rd Place Match
James Hughes (Grissom) 30-2, Jr. over Jack Rivers (Spain Park) 42-14, So. (SV-1 4-2).

7A 113 Pounds:
Championship Match
Chandler Akins (Thompson) 60-11, So. over Tyler Ivey (Grissom) 47-3, So. (Dec 6-4).
3rd Place Match
Kobe Frazier (Jeff Davis) 34-2, Sr. over Cole Thomas (Oak Mountain) 25-10, So. (Dec 5-3).

7A 120 Pounds:
Championship Match
Stone Barden (Hewitt-Trussville) 29-3, So. over Alex Thomas (Vestavia Hills) 23-3, Jr. (Dec 6-4).
3rd Place Match
Emmanuel Oliver (Thompson) 47-26, Fr. over Marc Hurt (Central-Phenix City) 52-16, Jr. (MD 8-0).

7A 126 Pounds:
Championship Match
Gabe Hixenbaugh (Thompson) 75-4, So. over Braden Treglown (Hewitt-Trussville) 41-16, Sr. (MD 16-5).
3rd Place Match
Maxwell Kauffman (Central-Phenix City) 56-3, Jr. over Gage Camp (Hoover) 13-6, Sr. (Dec 10-4).

7A 132 Pounds:
Championship Match
Heath Williamson (Hewitt-Trussville) 52-11, Sr. over Jawaun Doughty (Huntsville) 58-3, Sr. (Dec 8-7).
3rd Place Match
Blake Randle (Oak Mountain) 42-5, Sr. over Larry Wallace (Hoover) 23-16, Jr. (Dec 8-4).

7A 138 Pounds:
Championship Match
Patterson Huff (Hoover) 40-4, Sr. over Carson Lester (Oak Mountain) 28-10, Sr. (Dec 2-1).
3rd Place Match
Jacob Megois (Thompson) 57-25, Sr. over Peter Dazzio (Vestavia Hills) 38-10, So. (Fall 2:52).

7A 145 Pounds:
Championship Match
Conner Smith (Hewitt-Trussville) 57-5, Jr. over Jack Stoves (Vestavia Hills) 38-6, Sr. (Dec 3-2).
3rd Place Match
Jonathan Handy (Grissom) 46-7, Jr. over Cameron Harbin (Sparkman) 35-11, Sr. (Fall 2:14).

7A 152 Pounds:
Championship Match
Robert Morales (Central-Phenix City) 37-1, Jr. over Houston Curtis (Huntsville) 52-2, Sr. (Fall 3:04).
3rd Place Match
Spencer Haddock (Vestavia Hills) 24-4, Jr. over Cole Holmes (Mountain Brook) 43-8, Sr. (Dec 6-0).

7A 160 Pounds:
Championship Match
Barrett Blakely (Oak Mountain) 45-3, Jr. over Bowman Hill (Vestavia Hills) 37-8, Jr. (Dec 7-3).
3rd Place Match
Charlie Freidenreich (Auburn) 42-9, Jr. over Jordan Hunter (Buckhorn) 22-7, So. (Fall 4:24).

7A 170 Pounds:
Championship Match
Randy Jenkins (Hoover) 23-3, Sr. over Braedon Keith (Hewitt-Trussville) 39-13, Sr. (Dec 13-10).
3rd Place Match
Zachary Nelson (Vestavia Hills) 18-4, Sr. over George Francovitch (Bob Jones) 25-4, So. (Fall 1:06).

7A 182 Pounds:
Championship Match
Brooks Schrimsher (Huntsville) 41-0, Sr. over Zack Noble (Prattville) 40-4, Sr. (Dec 10-5).
3rd Place Match
Seth Bruder (James Clemens) 26-5, Jr. over Rob Barrentine (Vestavia Hills) 36-16, So. (Fall 2:54).

7A 195 Pounds:
Championship Match
D`angelo Dewitt (Hoover) 35-3, Jr. over Jaeger Clark (Huntsville) 55-3, Jr. (Dec 9-4).
3rd Place Match
Manny Allan (Spain Park) 40-3, Sr. over Joshua Little (Sparkman) 47-14, Sr. (Dec 6-5).

7A 220 Pounds:
Championship Match
James Edwards (Vestavia Hills) 41-0, Sr. over Branden Moore (Sparkman) 46-10, Sr. (Dec 8-2).
3rd Place Match
Seth Dupree (Bob Jones) 29-6, Jr. over Jack Smith (Fairhope) 19-3, So. (Fall 4:27).

7A 285 Pounds:
Championship Match
Austin Carter (Hoover) 20-3, Sr. over Jacob Edwards (Vestavia Hills) 39-4, Sr. (Dec 5-2).
3rd Place Match
Zackary Cangelosi (Sparkman) 35-7, Sr. over Drimitri Anderson (Auburn) 33-6, Jr. (Dec 1-0).


Vestavia Hills, Oxford and Arab Have Comfortable Leads Heading into Saturday’s Final Day of the AHSAA 2017 State Wrestling Tournament

   HUNTSVILLE – Oxford accumulated 182 points to take 34.5-point lead in Class 6A while Vestavia Hills (7A) and Arab (1A-5A) had comfortable leads in the other two divisions after Friday’s action at the 62nd AHSAA State Wrestling Championships being held at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center.
    Wrestling gets underway with consolation finals Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. The championship finals will start at 1 p.m. The finals will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Go to  http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/tournament/alabama-winter-championships to access the live-stream.
        Southside-Gadsden has 147.5 points, Pinson Valley 138 and Homewood 105.5 to lead the Class 6A team rankings after day two. Defending state champion Vestavia Hills posted 119.5 points as Class 7A got underway Friday. Hoover is second with 91.5 points, Hewitt-Trussville is third with 82 and Thompson is fourth with 73. The Rebels won their 14th state title overall last year – a fitting send off for AHSAA Hall of Fame Coach Steve Gaydosh, who retired as Vestavia’s wrestling boss. Monterrious Adams took over as head coach this season.
     Arab, chasing its fifth state championship in a row, built a 46.5-point lead over Cleburne County Friday totaling 161.5 points. Cleburne County had 115, followed by Tallassee (98) and Alexandria (93.5).
      Coach Michael Pruitt’s Knights won the 6A state crown in 2016 and 2015 and the Class 5A titles in 2014 and 2013.   
      All three division leaders captured the first AHSAA Wrestling Duals tournament titles earlier this season.
    Coach Matt Hicks’ Yellow Jackets have recorded 20 wins by fall – most of any team in the competition – advanced five wrestlers to the finals Saturday. Among the five is sophomore heavyweight Clay Webb (56-1), who posted his third straight pin to reach the Class 6A 285-pound finals to face Jacob Andrews (36-3) of Stanhope Elmore. Jacobs beat rival South second seed Trent Lolley of Wetumpka 3-2 in the semifinals to set up the showdown with Webb.
    A total of eight unbeaten wrestlers will be attempting to close out the season with wins in their respective weight divisions Saturday. Another 11 have just one loss on the year and another, senior Landon Thompson of Cass 6A Southside-Gadsden, is 73-2 on the year at 152 pounds.
    Senior Zachary Van Alst of Montgomery Catholic (66-0) will face Hayden’s Chace Phillips (60-1) in the 138-pound Class 1A-5A finals Saturday. Van Alst is attempting to become just the third wrestler in state history to win six individual state titles. He won his first championship as a seventh grader in 2012 and has won every year since.  Macon Edwards of Fultondale improved to 73-0 with a 10-0 major decision win in the 113-pound semifinals. He was 90-0 last season while winning the 106-pound 1A-5A title. He will meet Landon Castleberry of Hayden (59-9) in the championship match.
    In Class 7A, sophomore Sam Latona of Thompson (70-1), rolled into the Class 7A 106-pound finals with pins in both his matches Friday.  He is 35-0 against in-state competition this season and 35-1 versus out-of-state competition. Latona’s brother Dominic won the 126-pound 7A state title as a senior in 2016.
   And in Class 6A, Southside-Gadsden senior Landon Thompson (73-2) will be trying to win his 74th victory in the Class 6A 152-pound finals versus Isaac Jackson (22-2) of Park Crossing.
    Twelve defending champions will be in the finals again Saturday. Brooks Schrimsher of Huntsville (40-0) is in the 182-pound 7A finals after winning the 170-pound crown last season. Vestavia Hills’ James Edwards (40-0) will be attempting to defend the 220-pound title. His twin brother Jacob Edwards (39-3) has also reached the Class 7A 285-pound championship match. 
    Complete results can be found at www.ahsaa.com and its track wrestling link. Saturday’s finals match-ups are listed. 

AHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Von Braun Center, Huntsville
Championship Matches
 (Saturday, Feb. 18)

CLASS 1A-5A
106 pounds:
Jailen Young, Mae Jemison (62-3) vs. Jaden New, Alexandria (56-4)
113 pounds: Landon Castleberry,  Hayden (59-9) vs. Macon Edwards, Fultondale (73-0)
120 pounds: John Mcalpin, Scottsboro (35-3) vs. Will Patterson, Moody (57-5)
126 pounds: Nick Souder, Weaver (62-1) vs. Brantley McHugh, Madison County (39-4)
132 pounds: Seth Hyatt, Arab (53-9) vs. Michael Land, Moody (60-2)
138 pounds:  Zachary Van Alst, Montgomery Catholic (66-0) vs. Chace Phillips, Hayden (60-1)
145 pounds: Carial Tarter, Mortimer Jordan (46-0) vs. Kolton Clark, Scottsboro (37-3)
152 pounds: Tyler Mayfield, Cleburne County (38-1) vs. Channing Marmann, Deshler (35-7)
160 pounds: Will Spencer, Arab (52-4) vs. Shon`derious Spralling, Mae Jemison (62-2)
170 pounds: Christian Seale, Cleburne County (34-9) vs. Ethan Pippin, Westminster Christian (52-0)
182 pounds: Davion Watkins, Lee-Huntsville (28-2) vs. Christian Knopp, Alexandria (57-0)
195 pounds: Stephen White, Madison County (47-7) vs. Ian Scott, Arab (58-3)
220 pounds: Caleb Montgomery, Ohatchee (33-5) vs. Sean Caleb Allison, Weaver (46-4)
285 pounds: Jake Baker, Tallassee (44-1) vs. Kendall Farr, Westminster Christian (47-5)

CLASS 6A
106 pounds:
Andrew Smith, Southside-Gadsden (70-4) vs. George Vazquez, Pinson Valley (43-6)
113 pounds: Brantley Ledbetter, Chelsea (44-9) vs. Trent Young, Athens (34-11)
120 pounds: Jacob Smith, Southside-Gadsden (69-4) vs. Jakob Chisolm, Oxford (46-19)
126 pounds: Wesley Slick,  Oxford (31-7) vs. Cole Blackwell, Wetumpka (54-5)
132 pounds: Colin Edwards, Southside-Gadsden (54-10) vs. Justin Ingram, Spanish Fort (52-1)
138 pounds:  Josh Walker, Pinson Valley (40-5) vs. Sam Colvin, Southside-Gadsden (65-4)
145 pounds: Joseph Green, Muscle Shoals (33-1) vs. Javonic Turner, Homewood (28-4)
152 pounds: Isaac Jackson, Park Crossing (22-2) vs. Landon Thompson, Southside-Gadsden (73-2)
160 pounds: Trevor Muncey, Gardendale (57-6) vs. Matt King, Oxford (62-4)
170 pounds: Nathan Dunaway, Helena 61-4) vs. Thomas Carter, Athens (41-3)
182 pounds: Carlos Miguel Figueroa, Homewood (26-0) vs.  Tony Norman, Austin (31-4)
195 pounds: Carlos Jesus Figueroa, Homewood (29-3) vs. Joshua Thomas, Oxford (28-13)
220 pounds: Jackson Jones, Clay-Chalkville (48-1) vs. Reynard Ellis, Shades Valley (22-1)
285 pounds: Clay Webb, Oxford (56-1) vs. Jacob Andrews, Stanhope Elmore (36-3)

CLASS 7A
106 pounds:
Sam Latona, Thompson (70-1) vs. Sullivan Tipton, Oak Mountain (29-10)
113 pounds: Chandler Akins, Thompson (59-4) vs. Tyler Ivey, Grissom (47-2)
120 pounds: Alex Thomas, Vestavia Hills(23-2) vs.  Stone Barden, Hewitt-Trussville (28-3)
126 pounds: Gabe Hixenbaugh, Thompson (74-4) vs. Braden Treglown, Hewitt-Trussville (41-15)
132 pounds: Jawaun Doughty, Huntsville (58-2) vs. Heath Williamson, Hewitt-Trussville (51-14)
138 pounds: Patterson Huff, Hoover (39-4) vs. Carson Lester, Oak Mountain (28-9)
145 pounds: Jack Stoves, Vestavia Hills (38-5) vs. Conner Smith, Hewitt-Trussville (56-5)
152 pounds: Robert Morales, Central-Phenix City (36-1) vs. Houston Curtis, Huntsville (52-1)
160 pounds: Bowman Hill, Vestavia Hills (37-7) vs. Barrett Blakely, Oak Mountain (44-3)
170 pounds: Randy Jenkins, Hoover (22-3) vs. Braedon Keith, Hewitt-Trussville (39-12)
182 pounds: Brooks Schrimsher, Huntsville (40-0) vs. Zack Noble, Prattville (40-3)
195 pounds: D`angelo Dewitt, Hoover (34-3) vs. Jaeger Clark, Huntsville (55-2)
220 pounds: James Edwards, Vestavia Hills (40-0) vs. Branden Moore, Sparkman (46-9)
285 pounds: Austin Carter, Hoover (19-3) vs. Jacob Edwards, Vestavia Hills (39-3)

AHSAA State Wrestling Tournament Von Braun Center, Huntsville Championship Matches

AHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Von Braun Center, Huntsville
Championship Matches
 (Saturday, Feb. 18)

CLASS 1A-5A
106 pounds:
Jailen Young, Mae Jemison (62-3) vs. Jaden New, Alexandria (56-4)
113 pounds: Landon Castleberry,  Hayden (59-9) vs. Macon Edwards, Fultondale (73-0)
120 pounds: John Mcalpin, Scottsboro (35-3) vs. Will Patterson, Moody (57-5)
126 pounds: Nick Souder, Weaver (62-1) vs. Brantley McHugh, Madison County (39-4)
132 pounds: Seth Hyatt, Arab (53-9) vs. Michael Land, Moody (60-2)
138 pounds:  Zachary Van Alst, Montgomery Catholic (66-0) vs. Chace Phillips, Hayden (60-1)
145 pounds: Carial Tarter, Mortimer Jordan (46-0) vs. Kolton Clark, Scottsboro (37-3)
152 pounds: Tyler Mayfield, Cleburne County (38-1) vs. Channing Marmann, Deshler (35-7)
160 pounds: Will Spencer, Arab (52-4) vs. Shon`derious Spralling, Mae Jemison (62-2)
170 pounds: Christian Seale, Cleburne County (34-9) vs. Ethan Pippin, Westminster Christian (52-0)
182 pounds: Davion Watkins, Lee-Huntsville (28-2) vs. Christian Knopp, Alexandria (57-0)
195 pounds: Stephen White, Madison County (47-7) vs. Ian Scott, Arab (58-3)
220 pounds: Caleb Montgomery, Ohatchee (33-5) vs. Sean Caleb Allison, Weaver (46-4)
285 pounds: Jake Baker, Tallassee (44-1) vs. Kendall Farr, Westminster Christian (47-5)

CLASS 6A
106 pounds:
Andrew Smith, Southside-Gadsden (70-4) vs. George Vazquez, Pinson Valley (43-6)
113 pounds: Brantley Ledbetter, Chelsea (44-9) vs. Trent Young, Athens (34-11)
120 pounds: Jacob Smith, Southside-Gadsden (69-4) vs. Jakob Chisolm, Oxford (46-19)
126 pounds: Wesley Slick,  Oxford (31-7) vs. Cole Blackwell, Wetumpka (54-5)
132 pounds: Colin Edwards, Southside-Gadsden (54-10) vs. Justin Ingram, Spanish Fort (52-1)
138 pounds:  Josh Walker, Pinson Valley (40-5) vs. Sam Colvin, Southside-Gadsden (65-4)
145 pounds: Joseph Green, Muscle Shoals (33-1) vs. Javonic Turner, Homewood (28-4)
152 pounds: Isaac Jackson, Park Crossing (22-2) vs. Landon Thompson, Southside-Gadsden (73-2)
160 pounds: Trevor Muncey, Gardendale (57-6) vs. Matt King, Oxford (62-4)
170 pounds: Nathan Dunaway, Helena 61-4) vs. Thomas Carter, Athens (41-3)
182 pounds: Carlos Miguel Figueroa, Homewood (26-0) vs.  Tony Norman, Austin (31-4)
195 pounds: Carlos Jesus Figueroa, Homewood (29-3) vs. Joshua Thomas, Oxford (28-13)
220 pounds: Jackson Jones, Clay-Chalkville (48-1) vs. Reynard Ellis, Shades Valley (22-1)
285 pounds: Clay Webb, Oxford (56-1) vs. Jacob Andrews, Stanhope Elmore (36-3)

CLASS 7A
106 pounds:
Sam Latona, Thompson (70-1) vs. Sullivan Tipton, Oak Mountain (29-10)
113 pounds: Chandler Akins, Thompson (59-4) vs. Tyler Ivey, Grissom (47-2)
120 pounds: Alex Thomas, Vestavia Hills(23-2) vs.  Stone Barden, Hewitt-Trussville (28-3)
126 pounds: Gabe Hixenbaugh, Thompson (74-4) vs. Braden Treglown, Hewitt-Trussville (41-15)
132 pounds: Jawaun Doughty, Huntsville (58-2) vs. Heath Williamson, Hewitt-Trussville (51-14)
138 pounds: Patterson Huff, Hoover (39-4) vs. Carson Lester, Oak Mountain (28-9)
145 pounds: Jack Stoves, Vestavia Hills (38-5) vs. Conner Smith, Hewitt-Trussville (56-5)
152 pounds: Robert Morales, Central-Phenix City (36-1) vs. Houston Curtis, Huntsville (52-1)
160 pounds: Bowman Hill, Vestavia Hills (37-7) vs. Barrett Blakely, Oak Mountain (44-3)
170 pounds: Randy Jenkins, Hoover (22-3) vs. Braedon Keith, Hewitt-Trussville (39-12)
182 pounds: Brooks Schrimsher, Huntsville (40-0) vs. Zack Noble, Prattville (40-3)
195 pounds: D`angelo Dewitt, Hoover (34-3) vs. Jaeger Clark, Huntsville (55-2)
220 pounds: James Edwards, Vestavia Hills (40-0) vs. Branden Moore, Sparkman (46-9)
285 pounds: Austin Carter, Hoover (19-3) vs. Jacob Edwards, Vestavia Hills (39-3)


Oxford, Arab Take First-Day Leads in 6A and 1A-5A Divisions As 61st AHSAA State Wrestling Championships Get Underway

   HUNTSVILLE – Oxford High School sophomore heavyweight Clay Webb needed just 63 seconds to advance to Friday’s semifinals as the 61st AHSAA State Wrestling Championships got underway Thursday at the Von Braun Center.
    Webb (55-1), a husky 6-foot-4, 285-pounder, won his first match with a pin a 29 seconds and took his second bout with a fall just 34 seconds into the match. Oxford, coached by Matt Hicks, posted 85.5 points Thursday to take a 13-point lead into the Class 6A competition Friday. Southside-Gadsden is second with 72.5 points, followed by Homewood with 57.5, Wetumpka with 55.5 and Pinson Valley with 54.
    Arab, going for its fifth straight state title, leads Class 1A-5A after the first day’s competition. Coach Michael Pruitt’s Knights hold  a slim 7.5-point lead over Cleburne County. Arab posted 77.5 points, Cleburne County has 70, Tallassee is third with 63 and Mae Jemison is in fourth place with 48.
     Wrestling gets underway Friday at 9:30 a.m., with Class 7A joining the competition with its quarterfinal round. Classes 6A and 1A-5A begin the day with round two of the consolation division. All classes will begin the championship round semifinals at 1 p.m. The 2017 Championships conclude Saturday with action beginning at 9 a.m., and the championship bouts beginning at 11:30 a.m.
   Webb was just of several outstanding wrestlers who needed little time on the mat Thursday to reach the semifinals.  Among them was South Super Sectional runner-up Trent Holley (48-3) had two two pins. The Wetumpka senior battled Webb to three overtimes in the finals at Montgomery last week before losing the match 4-3.
    In Class 1A-5A, junior Macon Edwards of Fultondale improved to 72-0 with two easy wins at 113 pounds. He posted a pin at 1:52 in his first match and posted a 13-2 major decision to advance to the semis.
   Senior Zachary Van Alst of Montgomery Catholic improved to 66-0 with two pins – 28 and 48 seconds. Van Alst is two victories away from winning his sixth state title.
   Others of note included:
    -- Weaver senior Nick Souder (61-1) had two wins by fall at 126  pounds.
    -- Junior Ethan Pippin of Westminster Christian improved to 51-0 at 170 pounds with one pin and a technical fall.
    -- Sophomore Christian Knoop (56-0) posted pins in his two 182-pouned matches for Alexandria.
    -- Tallassee brothers Jake and Andy Baker also advanced to the semifinals as each posted a pair of wins at 195 and 285 pounds. Jake (43-1), a senior heavyweight, had two pins, and Andy (51-1), a sophomore, had two pins in his two 195-pound victories.
    --  In Class 6A, Junior Justin Ingram of Spanish Fort (51-1) reached the semifinals in Class 6A at 132 pounds with a pin and a major decision win.
    --  Landon Thompson, a senior at Southside-Gadsden, improved to 72-2 with pins at 32 and 49 seconds, respectively, to advance to the 152-pound semifinals.
   -- Freshman Nathan Dunnaway (60-4) handed Sidney Lanier junior Landontay Garrison (29-1) his first loss of the season in the quarterfinals with a 19-6 major decision.
   -- Sopomore Carlos Figuero of Homewood (25-0) posted two pins at 182 pounds to advance to the semifinal round.
  --  And in the Class 6A 220-pound weight class, senior John Ellis Rawls of Wetumpka (50-0) and sophomore Jackson Jones of Clay-Chalkville (47-1) moved one win away from meeting in the finals.
   -- Complete results can be found at www.ahsaa.com by clicking on the Track Wrestling link. All matches are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network in conjunction with Track Wrestling.


Vestavia Hills Downs Oak Mountain in Finals To Win the AHSAA Class 7A Duals Tournament

   BIRMINGHAM – Vestavia Hills High School downed Oak Mountain 47-19 Saturday afternoon to capture AHSAA Class 7A State Wrestling Duals Tournament at the CrossPlex Bill Harris Arena.
    Defending state 220-pound champion James Edwards (32-0) won his match with a pin in 27 seconds to extend his current match winning streak to 35 in a row for Rebels Coach Monterrious Adams, who replaced retired Hall of Fame Coach Steve Gaydosh this season. Edwards’ fall was one of four for 29-Vestavia Hills, 18-2 in dual matches this season.
      Nathaniel Nailen (26-16) won by pin at 126 pounds, Zachary Nelson (12-2) at 170 pounds and Rob Barrentine (29-12) at 182 pounds. Edwards’ twin brother Jacob won his 285-pound match by forfeit.
      Coach Steve Burrough’s Eagles (13-3) notched one pin with 106-pound freshman Sullivan Tipton (23-8) winning the final match of the bout. Oak Mountain posted five wins among the 14 matches but forfeited two matches (120 and 285 pounds).
     Perhaps the most exciting match of the day was sophomore Peter Dazzio’s 1-0 victory over Oak Mountain senior Carson Lester in the 138-pound finals.
    The AHSAA traditional Wrestling Championships, where schools compete by individual weight class pools, get underway Feb. 10-11 with the North and South Super Sectional Championships at Birmingham and Montgomery. The 62nd annual State Championships will be held at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville Feb. 16-18. Defending champions include the Rebels (7A), Arab (6A) and Leeds (1A/5A). The Knights of Coach Michael Pruitt dropped to Class 5A this school year and will be competing in the 1A/5A division. Arab won the 1A/5A Duals Friday. Oxford won the 6A duals title Saturday.
    Complete results from Saturday’s Class 6A finals:

AHSAA Class 6A Dual Finals
Vestavia Hills (18-2) 47, Oak Mountain (13-3) 19
106 pounds: 
Sullivan Tipton (OM) (23-8) pinned Bryant Segars (VH) (27-16), 5:35.  
113 pounds:  
Cole Thomas (OM) (18-6) dec. Crett Jones (VH) (14-19), 7-2.
120 pounds: 
Alex Thomas (VH) (16-2) won by forfeit.
126 pounds:  
Nathaniel Nailen (VH) (26-16) pinned Cole Burrough (OM) (1-3), 3:10.
132 pounds:  Blake Randle (OM) (33-4) major dec. Murphy McCallum (VH) (29-12), 11-3.
138 pounds:
 Peter Dazzio (VH) (32-7) dec. Carson Lester (OM) (21-8), 1-0.
145 pounds:
Jack Stoves (VH) (32-4) dec. Brett Cruce (OM) (7-6), 11-3.
152 pounds: 
Spencer Haddock (VH) (16-2) major dec. Ming Yu Lee (OM) (32-11), 13-2.
160 pounds:
Barrett Blakely (OM) (36-3) dec. Bowman Hill (VH) (29-7), 10-3.
170 pounds:  
Zachary Nelson (VH) (12-2) pinned Justin Evans (OM) (22-5), 2:16.
182 pounds:
Rob Barrentine (VH) (29-12) pinned Jaylon Gaines (OM) (5-3), 2:32.
195 pounds:
Jordan Davis (OM) (22-17) dec. Will White (VH) (10-17), 8-2.
220 pounds:
James Edwards (VH) (32-0) pinned Carter Owens (OM) (9-21), 0:27.
285 pounds:
Jacob Edwards (VH) (36-2) won by forfeit.

Oxford Beats Southside 40-24 to Win 6A AHSAA Wrestling Duals Tournament

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


Arab Claims AHSAA Class 1A/5A Wrestling Duals Title with 43-19 Victory over Moody

BIRMINGHAM – Arab (39-2) had four pins as Coach Michael Pruitt’s Knights beat Moody 43-19 Friday night at the CrossPlex Bill Harris Arena in the championship match of the first-ever AHSAA Wrestling Duals Tournament.
    The Knights 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 (53-11), 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 continue Saturday at Bill Harris Arena with Oxford meeting Southside-Gadsden at 1 p.m. in the Class 6A finals and Oak Mountain taking on Vestavia Hills in the Class 7A championship match at 4 p.m.
    Complete results from Friday’s 1A/5A finals:

AHSAA Class 1A/5A Dual Finals
Arab 43, Moody 19
106 pounds:
Joseph Martin (A) (43-1) dec. Cory Land (M) (35-9), 12-0.
113 pounds:
Dakota Collins (M) (45-6) dec. Stephen Williams (M) (30-7), 9-2.
120 pounds:
Will Patterson (M) (38-5) pinned Garrett McClendon (A) (44-7), 5:39.
126 pounds:
Peyton Weber (A) (14-4) dec. D’Shawn Skinner (M) (38-8), 8-4.
132 pounds:
Michael Land (M) (41-2) dec. Seth Hyatt (A) (40-8), 15-4.
138 pounds:
Clay Jones (A) (45-2) dec. Rashad Clark (M) (32-13) 3.
145 pounds:
Dustin Davis (M) (23-20) dec. Stephen Schmitt (A) (21-12), 7-3.
152 pounds: Patrick Harden (A) (40-10) dec. Daniel Vasquez (M) (32-18), 8-5.
160 pounds:
Will Spencer (A) (41-4) pinned LaDarrius Fitts (M) (14-18), 1:01.
170 pounds:
Michael Weaver (A) (34-8) pinned Joey Pierson (M) (10-24), 1:44.
182 pounds:
Dalton Satterfield (A) (15-7) d. Brady Price (M) (31-19), 8-2.
195 pounds:
Ian Scott (A) (46-2) pinned Zachary Nold (M) (24-13), 2:39.
220 pounds: Jack Tindall (A) (42-5) pinned Christopher Tice (M) (23-8), 2:14.
285 pounds:
Steven Porter (M) (38-18) pinned Hunter Alexander (A) (43-9), 2:26.

Vestavia Hills, Arab, Leeds Win State Wrestling Championships Pelham’s Hawthorne Closes Perfect Season With 6A Win

    HUNTSVILLE --  Vestavia Hills, Arab and Leeds swept the team titles at the 61st annual AHSAA State Wrestling Championships Saturday at Von Braun that were filled with a multitude of drama and special moments.
    The Rebels ended Thompson’s five-year stranglehold on the big-school classification scoring 134.5 points to claim the Class 7A state title over runner-up Oak Mountain (131) by a mere three points. It was the 13 state title overall and the first 7A crown in retiring Hall-of-Fame Coach Steve Gaydosh’s storied career. It was Vestavia’s 14th championship in school history – tying the state record held by Benjamin Russell for most wins by a single school.
Thompson finished third with 97.5 points.
   Arab won the 6A championship, its fourth in a row and five in six years, posting 197 points. Runner-up Southside-Gadsden had 148.5 points and Athens was a close third at 144.5. Leeds won the 1A-5A crown with 170 points, and Tallassee was second at 130.
    The Rebels needed a win 220-pound finals to clinch the title. Junior James Edwards (39-3) scored a come-from-behind 6-5 decision over senior Josh Smith (46-1) to seal the championship. Thompson senior T.J. Rayam (31-2) followed up at 285 pounds to take his third straight heavyweight title beating Oak Mountain junior Gavin Jackson (34-16) 7-5 in another tight bout to close out the meet.  Auburn senior Khaleel Johnson (44-0) won at 132 pounds and Hoover senior Bret Winters (48-0) won at 195 pounds to close out unbeaten seasons.

Hawthorne Grabs MVP Honors
    Pelham High School senior double amputee Hasaan Hawthorne (37-0)  drew a rousing ovation from spectators throughout the arena with his hard-fought 7-3 decision over Landon Thompson of Southside-Gadsden in the Class 6A 145-pound finals.  Hawthorne finished third last season. His winning match, along with all the other championship bouts, can be seen through the archives of the NFHS Network, which live-streamed the state championships for the AHSAA. The link can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
   Arab, coached by Michael Pruitt, had three individual champions including senior Nick Cater    (71-3) at 152 pounds, senior Andrew Schmitt (60-7z0 at 132 pounds and  junior Will Spencer (69-3) at 170 pounds.
   In Class 1A-5A, Coach Matt Hicks’ Green Wave won their second straight title with two individual champions, senior Toren Pollard (44-1) at 152 pounds and senior Alex Nickell (42-3) at 182.  Montgomery Catholic junior Zachary Van Alst captured his fifth state title since winning as a seventh grader in 2012. Van Alst (53-1) won at 132 pounds.
   Fultondale sophomore Macon Edwards also closed out a 90-0 season with a win in the 106-pound finals. He now ranks second nationally for wins in a single according to the NFHS Record Book and is the first AHSAA wrestler win 90 matches in a single season.
    The Class 1A-5A 170-pound title match was also one for the ages as Christian Knop (56-0) scored a 16-10 decision over Dora senior Caleb Lauderdale (60-1).

 

61st Annual AHSAA State Wrestling Championships
Saturday’s Championship Results

CLASS  1A/5A
TEAM SCORING
Leeds 170; Tallassee 130; Weaver 105; Madison County 104; Deshler 98; Mortimer Jordan 82; Alexandria 76; JO Johnson 70.5; Moody 69; Oak Grove 63; Saint James 57.5; Hayden 54.5; Fultondale 54; Westminster Christian 50; Dora 46; St. Clair County 45; Cleburne County 41; Holtville 38.5; Piedmont 32; Saks 31; Montgomery Catholic 30; Susan Moore 29; Ohatchee 27.5; Beauregard 23; Montevallo 23; New Hope 22; Walter Wellborn 22; Alabama School/Blind 18; Lincoln 16; JB Pennington 15; Carver-Birmingham 14; American Christian 12; Corner 9; Helena 9; Columbia 8; Ranburne 6; East Limestone 4; Elmore County 4; Sumiton Christian 4; Ashville 3; Shelby County 3; Prattville Christian 1.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES
106 pounds:
Macon Edwards (Fultondale) 90-0, So. over Zach Clayton (Dora) 56-5, So. (Dec 6-3).
113 pounds: Nick Souder (Weaver) 65-1, Jr. over Lane Trapp (Alexandria) 33-6, Sr. (Fall 4:34).
120 pounds: Timothy Murphree (Fultondale) 67-2, Sr. over Bryer Stewart (Saint Clair County) 54-5, Sr. (Dec 6-0).
126 pounds:  Michael Land (Moody Hs) 69-9, Jr. over Chase Phillips (Hayden) 64-3, Jr. (Fall 1:46).
132 pounds: Zachary Van Alst (Montgomery Catholic) 53-1, Jr. over Robert Childress (Beauregard) 53-9, Sr. (TF-1.5 5:00 (17-2)).
138 pounds:  Braxton Worthington (Mortimer Jordan) 48-1, Sr. over Chandler Teems (Leeds) 29-7, Jr. (Dec 9-4).
145 pounds: Tyler Williams (Deshler) 48-2, Sr. over Carial Tarter (Mortimer Jordan) 26-3, So. (Dec 3-0).
152 pounds: Toren Pollard (Leeds) 44-1, Sr. over Tyler Mayfield (Cleburne County) 13-2, Jr. (Dec 15-8).
160 pounds: Bragan Swindle (Mortimer Jordan) 50-15, Sr. over Seth Shelton (Madison County) 36-9, Jr. (Dec 8-3).
170 pounds: Christian Knop (Alexandria) 56-0, Fr. over Caleb Lauderdale (Dora) 60-1, Sr. (Dec 16-10).
182 pounds: Alex Nickell (Leeds) 42-3, Sr. over Kane Pitts (Walter Wellborn) 28-4, Jr. (Fall 3:31).
195 pounds:  Chase Rodgers (Weaver) 64-5, Sr. over Andy Baker (Tallassee) 44-6, Fr. (Dec 1-0).
220 pounds:  Colton Parton (Madison County) 43-1, Sr. over Caleb Montgomery (Ohatchee) 52-6, Jr. (Dec 5-1).
285 pounds:  Jake Baker (Tallassee) 40-3, Jr. over Josephus Smith (Leeds) 33-1, Sr. (SV-1 3-1).
1A/5A MVP: Zachary Van Alst, Montgmery Catholic.
1A/5A Most Pins: Nick Souder, Weaver (3 pins, 7:59).
1A/5A Best Match: (170-pound final) Christian Knop, Alexandria, vs. Caleb Lauderdale, Dora.

CLASS 6A
TEAM SCORING
Arab 197; Southside-Gadsden 148.5; Athens 144.5; Scottsboro 131; Pinson Valley 109; Homewood 107;5; Clay-Chalkville 106.5; Benjamin Russell 90; Gardendale 75.5; Oxford 71.5; Pelham 68; Stanhope Elmore 65.5; Wetumpka 57; McAdory 41; Spanish Fort 38; Chelsea 37.5; Hueytown  34; Fort Payne 29; Minor 28; Muscle Shoals 27.5; Austin 27; Park Crossing 22.0; Opelika 21; Pell City 20; Decatur 18; Shades Valley 18; Walker 18; Huffman 12; Daphne 8; Hartselle 7; Lee-Huntsville 5; Gulf shores 4; Brookwood 3; Paul Bryant 1.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES
106 pounds:
Ty Naquin (Stanhope Elmore) 11-0, Sr. over Cristian Lagunas (Athens) 33-8, Sr. (Dec 5-0).
113 pounds: Jacob Smith (Southside-Gadsden) 59-2, Jr. over John Mcalpin (Scottsboro) 47-6, So. (Dec 5-3).
120 pounds:  Cameron Hamby (Pinson Valley) 39-7, Jr. over Seth Hyatt (Arab) 64-6, Jr. (MD 14-5).
126 pounds:  Kolton Clark (Scottsboro) 47-4, Fr. over Aaron Ledbetter (Chelsea) 43-5, Sr. (Dec 13-6).
132 pounds:  Andrew Schmitt (Arab) 60-7, Sr. over Bailey Roan (Homewood) 32-8, Jr. (Fall 4:14).
138 pounds:  Joseph Green (Muscle Shoals) 38-3, Jr. over Vershone Graham (Wetumpka) 26-3, Sr. (SV-1 7-2).
145 pounds:  Hasaan Hawthorne (Pelham) 37-0, Sr. over Landon Thompson (Southside-Gadsden) 53-3, Jr. (Dec 7-3).
152 pounds:  Nick Cater (Arab) 71-3, Sr. over Dillon Turner (Pelham) 30-1, Sr. (Dec 10-4).
160 pounds:  Brett Clark (Scottsboro) 43-4, Sr. over Thomas Coley (Benjamin Russell) 45-10, Sr. (Dec 5-1).
170 pounds:  Will Spencer (Arab) 69-3, Jr. over Thomas Carter (Athens) 54-8, So. (Dec 7-6).
182 pounds:  Austin Weldon (Clay-Chalkville) 56-3, Sr. over Carlos miguel Figueroa (Homewood) 38-2, Fr. (Dec 3-0).
195 pounds:  Andrew Freeman (Gardendale) 53-2, Jr. over Dawson Mcdaniel (Arab) 60-4, Sr. (Dec 3-2).
220 pounds:  Justavious Robinson (Benjamin Russell) 22-2, Sr. over Trent Holley (Wetumpka) 17-4, Jr. (Dec 5-3).
285 pounds:  Daniel Bland (Benjamin Russell) 50-1, Sr. over Jacob Andrews (Stanhope Elmore) 26-5, So. (Dec 7-2).
6A MVP:  Hasaan Hawthorne, Pelham.
6A Most Pins: John Mcalpin, Scottsboro (3 pins, 2:53).
6A Best Match: (138-pound final) Joseph Green, Muscle Shoals vs. Vershone Graham, Wetumpka.

CLASS 7A
TEAM SCORING
Vestavia Hills 134.5; Oak Mountain 131; Thompson 97.5; Hoover 97; Central-Phenix City 56; Tuscaloosa County 47; Hewitt-Trussville 43; Prattville 39.5; Bob Jones 35.5; Auburn 35; Mountain Brook 34; Huntsville 33; Buckhorn 24; Grissom 22; Sparkman 22; James Clemens 15; Jeff Davis 7; Smiths Station 4; Gadsden City 2.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES
106 pounds: 
Alex Thomas (Oak Mountain) 28-3, So. over Tyler Ivey (Grissom) 51-7, Fr. (Dec 3-2).
113 pounds:  Gabe Hixenbaugh (Thompson) 20-4, Fr. over Maxwell Kauffman (Central-Phenix City) 33-4, Fr. (Dec 3-0).
120 pounds:  Carlos Andres (Tuscaloosa County) 37-1, Sr. over Heath Williamson (Hewitt-Trussville) 45-2, Jr. (Dec 7-5).
126 pounds:  Dominic Latona (Thompson) 33-4, Sr. over Quin Estes (Vestavia Hills) 31-16, Sr. (Fall 2:00).
132 pounds:  Khaleel Johnson (Auburn) 44-0, Sr. over Drew Reed (Mountain Brook) 51-2, Sr. (Dec 10-5).
138 pounds:  Michael John Harris (Oak Mountain) 37-4, Sr. over Jarrett Anthony (Hoover) 34-9, Sr. (MD 17-9).
145 pounds:  Robbey Killough (Prattville) 53-1, Sr. over Matthew Paugh (Vestavia Hills) 23-4, So. (Fall 5:22).
152 pounds:  Robert Morales (Central-Phenix City) 40-2, So. over Bowman Hill (Vestavia Hills) 48-10, So. (Dec 9-7).
160 pounds:  Hayden Hill (Vestavia Hills) 48-2, Sr. over Chris Leatherman (Sparkman) 37-7, Sr. (MD 16-8).
170 pounds:  Brooks Schrimsher (Huntsville) 47-4, Jr. over Barrett Blakely (Oak Mountain) 46-5, So. (Dec 7-3).
182 pounds:  Davis Perry (Hewitt-Trussville) 25-0, Sr. over Seth Bruder (James Clemens) 45-14, So. (MD 16-6).
195 pounds:  Bret Winters (Hoover) 48-0, Sr. over Jaried Buxton (Oak Mountain) 49-6, Sr. (MD 17-4).
220 pounds:  James Edwards (Vestavia Hills) 39-3, Jr. over Josh Smith (Tuscaloosa County) 46-1, Sr. (Dec 6-5).
285 pounds:  Tj Rayam (Thompson) 31-2, Sr. over Armond Lloyd (Oak Mountain) 33-11, Sr. (Dec 7-5).
7A MVP: Robbey Killough, Prattville.
7A Most Pins: Josh Smith, Tuscaloosa County (2 pins, 2:56).
7A Best Match: 152-pound final: Robert Morales, Central-Phenix City vs. Bowman Hill, Vestavia Hills.


Defending Champs Leeds and Arab Lead 1A-5A & 6A Divisions Heading Into Final Round Saturday; Vestavia Tops 7A Teams

    HUNTSVILLE – Two defending state champions held point leads after Friday’s competition and 16 wrestlers with 2015 individual championships under their belts advanced through the semifinal matches at the 61st annual AHSAA State Wrestling Championships Friday and advanced to state finals matches Saturday at the Von Braun Center.
     Class 1A-5A defending champion Leeds led Tallassee by 22 points, 148-126, and defending 6A champ Arab, going for its fourth state title in a row and five in six years,  amassed 176 points to hold a solid lead over Athens (132.5) and Southside-Gadsden (130.5) heading into Saturday’s final competition.
     In Class 7A, defending champion Thompson (77.5 points), the first 7A champ last season after winning four straight 6A titles, was in fourth place behind leader Vestavia Hills (112.5),  Oak Mountain (106) and Hoover (84.0) after Friday’s wrestling. Coach Steve Gaydosh’s Rebels are hoping to send their retiring Hall-of-Fame coach out with his 13th career championship.
     The consolation finals get underway first at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed at 11:30 a.m. with the championship bouts in all three divisions. A total of 84 wrestlers will be battling for state crowns. In that group is amazing Pelham senior Hasaan Hawthorne, 36-0 after winning his semifinal match Friday. Hawthorne, a double amputee above the knee, has gained national acclaim for his incredible senior season and his staunch dedication.
    Hawthorne’s match against Southside-Gadsden junior Landon Thompson (53-2) is expected to be one of the most exciting of the final day competition. It is one of 42 finals which will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network Saturday.  The link for the subscriber-based network is: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/79d630703d
    In Class 7A, defending state champion Thompson has three defending champs in the finals including senior heavyweight T.J. Rayam (30-2). The University of Massachusetts football signee is going for his third straight 285-pound title – closing out the final round with a match championship bout versus Oak Mountain senior Armond Lloyd (33-10).
     Among the unbeaten wrestlers in 7A finals are Auburn’s Khaleel Johnson (43-0) at 132 pounds, Hewitt-Trussville’s Davis Perry (24-0) at 182, Hoover 195-pounder Bret Winters (47-0) and Tuscaloosa County’s Josh Smith (46-0), competing in the 220 division after winning the 195-pound title last season.
     In Class 1A-5A, Macon Edwards of Fultondale will be going for his 90th match win of the season in the 106-pound finals. The Wildcats’ sophomore is 89-0 this season, second best season (91-0) in NFHS history. In the 170-pound finals, Dora senior Caleb Lauderdale (60-0) and Alexandria junior Christian Knop (55-0) are both riding unbeaten seasons. Leeds’ senior Josephus Smith (33-0) is vying for his second straight 285-pound crown against Tallassee freshman Jake Baker (39-3).
   And in Class 6A, defending champion Arab has five grapplers in the finals, including senior Nick Cater at 152 pounds. Cater (70-3), who owns a 313-21 career record for the Knights, faces unbeaten Pelham senior Dillon Turner (30-0) in the championship bout.  Daniel Bland of Benjamin Russell (49-1) is going after his second straight 285-pound title. He was 47-1 last season as a junior.
   The championship matches are listed below. Complete results can be found at: www.ahsaa.com.


AHSAA 61st State Wrestling Championships
At Von Braun Center, Huntsville

Saturday’s Championship Matches

CLASS 1A-5A
106 pounds:  Macon Edwards, Fultondale (89-0), So.,
vs. Zach Clayton, Dora (55-4), So.
113 pounds:  Nick Souder, Weaver (64-1). Jr.,  vs.  Lane Trapp, Alexandria (33-5), Sr.
120 pounds:  Timothy Murphree,  Fultondale (46-2), Sr.,  vs.  Bryer Stewart, Saint Clair County (54-4), Sr.
126 pounds:  Chase Phillips, Hayden (64-2),  Jr., vs. Michael Land, Moody (68-9), Jr.
132 pounds:  Zachary Van alst, Montgomery Catholic (52-1), Jr.,  vs. Robert Childress, Beauregard (53-8), Sr.
138 pounds:  Braxton Worthington, Mortimer Jordan (47-1), Sr., vs. Chandler Teems, Leeds (29-6), Jr.
145 pounds:  Carial Tarter, Mortimer Jordan (26-2), So., vs. Tyler Williams, Deshler (47-2), Sr.
152 pounds:  Toren Pollard, Leeds (43-1), Sr., vs. Tyler Mayfield, Cleburne County (13-1), Jr.
160 pounds:  Bragan Swindle, Mortimer Jordan (49-15), Sr., vs.  Seth Shelton,  Madison County (36-8), Jr.
170 pounds:  Caleb Lauderdale, Dora (60-0), Sr., vs. Christian Knop, Alexandria (55-0), Jr.
182 pounds:  Alex Nickell, Leeds (41-3, Sr., vs. Kane Pitts, Walter Wellborn (28-3), Jr.
195 pounds:  Chase Rodgers, Weaver  (63-5), Sr. vs. Andy Baker, Tallassee (44-5), Fr.
220 pounds:  Colton Parton, Madison County (42-1), Sr., vs. Caleb Montgomery , Ohatchee (52-5), Jr.
285 pounds:  Jake Baker, Tallassee (39-3), Jr.,  vs. Josephus Smith, Leeds (33-0), Sr.

CLASS 6A
106 pounds:  Ty Naquin, Stanhope Elmore (10-0),
Sr. vs. Cristian Lagunas, Athens (33-7), Sr.
113 pounds:  John Mcalpin, Scottsboro (47-5), So. vs. Jacob Smith, Southside-Gadsden (58-2), Jr.
120 pounds:  Seth Hyatt, Arab (64-5), Jr., vs. Cameron Hamby, Pinson Valley (38-7), Jr.
126 pounds:  Kolton Clark, Scottsboro (46-4), Fr., vs. Aaron Ledbetter, Chelsea (43-4), Sr.
132 pounds:  Bailey Roan, Homewood (32-7), Jr., vs. Andrew Schmitt, Arab (59-7), Sr.
138 pounds:  Joseph Green, Muscle Shoals (37-3), Jr., vs.  Vershone Graham, Wetumpka (26-2), Sr.
145 pounds:  Hasaan Hawthorne, Pelham (36-0), Sr. vs.  Landon Thompson, Southside-Gadsden (53-2), Jr.
152 pounds:  Nick Cater, Arab (70-3), Sr., vs. Dillon Turner, Pelham (30-0), Sr.
160 pounds:  Brett Clark, Scottsboro (42-4), Sr., vs. Thomas Coley, Benjamin Russell (45-9), Sr.
170 pounds:  Will Spencer, Arab (68-3), Jr.,  vs. Thomas Carter, Athens (54-7), So.
182 pounds:  Carlos Miguel Figueroa, Homewood (38-1), Fr., vs.  Austin Weldon, Clay-Chalkville (55-3), Sr.
195 pounds:  Dawson McDaniel, Arab (60-3), Sr., vs. Andrew Freeman, Gardendale (52-2), Jr.
220 pounds:  Trent Holley, Wetumpka (17-3), Jr., vs. Justavious Robinson, Benjamin Russell (21-2), Sr.
285 pounds:  Daniel Bland, Benjamin Russell (49-1), Sr., vs. Jacob Andrews, Stanhope Elmore (26-4), So.

CLASS 7A
106 pounds: 
Alex Thomas, Oak Mountain (27-3), So., vs. Tyler Ivey, Grissom (51-6), Fr.
113 pounds:  Gabe Hixenbaugh, Thompson (19-4), Fr., vs. Maxwell Kauffman, Central-Phenix City (33-3), Fr.
120 pounds:  Carlos Andres, Tuscaloosa County (36-1), Sr., vs. Heath Williamson, Hewitt-Trussville (45-1), Jr.
126 pounds:  Quin Estes, Vestavia Hills (31-15), Sr., vs. Dominic Latona, Thompson (32-4), Sr.
132 pounds:  Drew Reed, Mountain Brook (51-1), Sr., vs. Khaleel  Johnson, Auburn (43-0), Sr.
138 pounds:  Michael John Harris, Oak Mountain (36-4), Sr., vs.  Jarrett Anthony, Hoover (34-8), Sr.
145 pounds:  Matthew Paugh, Vestavia Hills (23-3), So., vs. Robbey Killough, Prattville (52-1), Sr.
152 pounds:  Bowman Hill, Vestavia Hills (48-9), So., vs. Robert Morales, Central-Phenix City (39-2), So.
160 pounds:  Hayden Hill, Vestavia Hills (47-2) vs. Chris Leatherman, Sparkman (36-7), Sr.
170 pounds:  Brooks Schrimsher, Huntsville (46-4), Jr., vs. Barrett Blakely, Oak Mountain (46-4), So.
182 pounds:  Davis Perry, Hewitt-Trussville (24-0), Sr., vs. Seth Bruder, James Clemens (45-13), So.
195 pounds:  Bret Winters, Hoover (47-0), Sr., vs. Jaried Buxton, Oak Mountain (49-5), Sr.
220 pounds:  Josh Smith, Tuscaloosa County (46-0), Sr., vs. James Edwards, Vestavia Hills (38-3), Jr.
285 pounds:  T.J. Rayam, Thompson (30-2), Sr., vs. Armond Lloyd, Oak Mountain (33-10), Sr.


Defending Champs Leeds (1A-5A) and Arab (6A) Take First-Day Leads As 61st AHSAA Wrestling Championships Get Underway

    HUNTSVILLE – Defending Class 1A-5A state champion Leeds High School totaled 74 points Thursday to hold a 17-point lead over second-place Tallassee as the 61st AHSAA State Wrestling Championships got underway at the Von Braun Center.
    The Tigers had 57 points, Madison County scored 52 and Deshler had 48.5 to round out the top four teams after the first session.  In Class 6A, defending champion Arab posted 89.5 points to take the top position heading into the second round Friday. Class 7A begins its matches Friday with all three divisions completing the meet on Saturday with all championship matches being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Links can be found at www.ahsaa.com and www.nfhsnetwork.com.
    Sophomore Macon Edwards of Fultondale used just  improved to 88-0 on the season, best in AHSAA state history, using just 39 seconds to pin his first opponent, then advancing to the semifinals with a 7-1 decision over Javon Cortez of Moody in his first match. His 88 wins ranks third nationally according to the NFHS Record Book. The leader, Colton Palmer of Durham-Riverside, N.C., finished 91-0 in 2006-07 to set the prep national record for a single season. Edwards moved into third place behind Palmer and Chad Pyke of Woodward Academy (GA), who finished the 2012-13 season 89-2. 
     Two wrestlers advanced to the 170-pound semifinals in 1A-5A, senior Caleb Lauderdale of Dora (59-0) and freshman Christian Knopp of Alexandria (54-0). Both won two matches with pins.
    Josephus Smith of Leeds (32-0) advanced to the 285-pound semifinals with two pins.
    In the Class 6A competition, Pelham 145-pound senior Hassan Hawthorne, a double amputee who inspires all who watch him, improved to 35-0 with an 8-0 major decision in his first match and a 9-3 decision over strong Arab grappler Javon Cortez (38-4) in the quarterfinals. Hawthorne’s teammate Dillon Turner (29-0) also had two pins to advance to the semis at 152 pounds.
   Benjamin Russell heavyweight Daniel Bland had two pins to improve to 48-1 on the season.
    Wrestling gets underway Friday at 9:30 a.m., with consolation divisions in 1A-5A and 6A. Class 7A also begins its competition. Championship semifinals are scheduled for 1 p.m. for all divisions. Action closes out Friday with consolation semifinals for all classes beginning at 5:45 p.m.
    Saturday’s consolation finals are set for 9 to 10:30 a.m., and championship matches get underway in all three divisions at 11:30.