HUNTSVILLE – Defending Class 1A/5A and Class 6A state wrestling champions Arab and Oxford each held a comfortable leads after day one of the 2018 AHSAA State Wrestling Championships at Von Braun Center.
Arab, coached by Mike Pruitt, posted 74.5 points through Thursday’s two championship play rounds and the first consolation round. The Knights have won five state titles in a row. Scottsboro was second Thursday with 61.5 points and Alexandria, third with 52.5. Coach Matt Hicks’ Class 6A Yellow Jackets posted 84 points while Benjamin Russell, Wetumpka, Gardendale, McAdory and Clay-Chalkville finished in a battle for second place. Benjamin Russell totaled 53 points, Wetumpka 50, Gardendale and McAdory, 47 each, and Clay 46.5 heading into Friday’s second day of the 63rd annual state wrestling tournament.
Class 7A joins the action Friday, which gets underway with weigh-in at 8 a.m. Wrestling starts at 9:30 with Class 1A/5A and 6A consolation round 2 and Class 7A championship round 1. The championship round semifinals for all classes is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., followed by consolation quarterfinal and semifinal rounds later in the afternoon. The consolation finals will kick off Saturday’s championship day at 9 a.m. The championship matches in all classes will begin at 11 a.m. All matches are being live-streamed by TrackWrestling over the subscriber-based NFHS Network and can be accessed at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
Heavyweights Jake Andrews and Clay Webb appear headed for another showdown in the Class 6A 285-pound division. Both had impressive days Thursday. Webb, an Oxford junior, won his first match with a pin in just 31 seconds, and Stanhope Elmore’s Andrews, the defending state champion and 2018 South Super Sectional champion, posted his first win winning by fall in just 12 seconds. Andrews (25-2) and Webb (34-1) had identical wins in the quarterfinals pinning their opponents at 1:07. Andrews, who beat Webb in the state finals last season, also won a touch victory over the Oxford junior at the South Super Sectional finals last weekend.
Among the other top performances Thursday:
Christian Knop, Alexandria: Reached the Class 1A/5A semifinals at 182 pounds with two easy wins to improve to 58-0 on the season. He has put together three straight unbeaten seasons going 161-0 since losing his last match.
Macon Edwards, Fultondale: Advanced to the Class 1A/5A semifinals for the fourth straight year winning two matches at 120 pounds Thursday. He had one victory by pin and another by major decision. Edwards (73-0), a senior, has gone 236-1 in his last four seasons with the only loss coming in last year’s 113-pound finals to Landon Castleberry of Hayden to snap a 163-match winning streak. He has since won all 73 matches this season. Castleberry (52-2), wrestling in the 126-pound division this season, won both his matches Thursday with pins.
Carial Tarter, Mortimer Jordan: The senior improved to 60-0 in the 160-pound class with two pins Thursday. He earned Class 1A/5A state tourney MVP in 2017 going 58-0 to win at 145 pounds and
and has gone 118-0 over the last two seasons.
Javonic Turner, Homewood: Won two matches at 152 pounds to advance to Friday’s Class 6A semifinals. The senior, now 41-0, won by fall in just 51 seconds in his first match of the day.
Jackson Elder, American Christian (19-0): Won two matches in the Class 1A/5A 106-pound division with pins to remain unbeaten heading into semifinals Friday. The junior won over Tennison Norton of Saint James in just 59 seconds in his opening match and pinned Moody’s Cory Land (50-3) at 3:25 in the quarterfinal match.
Vestavia Hills is defending Class 7A champion.
BIRMINGHAM – Arab High School out-pointed Cleburne County 34-30 Saturday afternoon to win the Knights’ second straight Class 1A/5A Wrestling Duals tournament championship at the Birmingham CrossPlex’s Bill Harris Arena.
Coach Mike Pruitt’s Knights (41-1) appeared to break the match open winning the 106 and 113-pound matches. The finals started with the 160-pound match, and after six matches Arab was clinging to a 16-9 lead. That’s when Jacob Holland won his match over Anthony Chapman in the 106-pound match with a pin at 37 seconds. Joseph Martin followed in quick fashion to win his match over Brennen Butler even quicker – in 17 seconds. The two falls put the Knights up 28-6.
Cleburne County (17-1), coached by Rusty Mayfield, clawed back quickly, however, with Dylan Turner winning a tough 5-0 decision over Arab’s Dakota Martin, 5-0, in the 120-pound match, Mathew Williamson pinned Bronson Jackson in the 126-pound match, followed by pins at 126, 132 and 145 pounds by Mathew Williamson, Shane Beason and Zachary Williams, respectively, to close the gap to 31-30 heading into the final match.
And just like the 6A and 7A finals, the championship came down to the final match between 152-pound competitors Clay Jones of Arab and Zachary Williams of Cleburne County. It turned out to be the most exciting match of the day with Jones holding on for a 5-2 decision to give the Knights the title.
Bob Jones won the Class 7A Duals title over Thompson, 34-29, earlier in the day, and Oxford won the Class 6A Duals title Friday night beating Gardendale 30-23. AHSAA wrestling teams return to regular season action next week, before advancing to the playoffs with Super Sectional meets at Garrett Coliseum (South) in Montgomery and the Bill Harris Arena (North) in two weeks.
CLASS 1A/5A CHAMPIONSHIP
Arab (40-1) vs. Cleburne County (17-0)
106 pounds: Jacob Holland, Arab, pinned Anthony Champion, Cleburne County, 0:37.
113 pounds: Joseph Martin, Arab, pinned Brennen Butler, Cleburne County, 0:17.
120 pounds: Dylan Turner, Cleburne County dec. Dakota Martin, Arab, 5-0.
126 pounds: Mathew Williamson, Cleburne County, pinned Bronson Jackson, Arab, 3:44.
132 pounds: Shane Beason, Cleburne County, pinned Caleb Whaley, Arab, 5:16.
138 pounds: Garrett McClendon, Arab, dec. Preston Jarrell, Cleburne County, 11-4.
145 pounds: Zachary Williams, Cleburne County, pinned Jonathan Morgan, Arab, 1:34.
152 pounds: Clay Jones, Arab, dec. Christopher Higgins, Cleburne County, 5-2.
160 pounds: Anthony Camp, Arab, pinned Jason Higgins, Cleburne County, 3:28.
170 pounds: Cade Smith, Cleburne County, dec. Sam Atchley, Arab, 7-5.
182 pounds: Ryan Morelan, Arab, dec. Wes Salter, Cleburne County, 10-3.
195 pounds: Christian Seale, Cleburne County, pinned Jacob McNeal, Arab, 3:00.
220 pounds: Jack Tindall, Arab, dec. Ryan Day, Cleburne County, 5-2.
285 pounds: Gage Mason, Arab, dec. Brandon Rogers, Cleburne County, 3-0.
BIRMINGHAM – Bob Jones High School downed Thompson 34-29 in the finals Saturday to claim the AHSAA Class 7A Wrestling Duals tournament championship at the Birmingham CrossPlex’s Bill Harris Arena.
The Patriots of Coach Matt Sweatman went into the final match Saturday nursing a slim 31-29 lead. The title boiled down to the 170-pound battle between Nick Mothersele of Bob Jones and William Browder of Thompson. Neither wrestler disappointed the crowd with the match going down to final seconds before Mothersele emerged with an 11-8 decision and Patriots improved to 22-1 in dual matches this season.
Zaderian Toney (113 pounds) and Seth Dupree (220) won their matches for Bob Jones with pins Saturday, while Thompson’s Chandler Akins (126), Gabe Hixenbaugh (132), Jackson Araneta (145) and Seth Whitlock (285) posted pins for the Warriors of Coach Sean Weltzin.
The best match of the finals came in the 138-pound match between Bob Jones’ Jordan Whalen and Thompson’s Nathan Roberts. Whalen emerged with a 5-3 decision.
Oxford won the Class 6A Duals title Friday night beating Gardendale 30-23. Defending Class 1A/5A Duals champion Arab was scheduled to meet Cleburne County in the 2018 finals Saturday afternoon.
AHSAA Wrestling Duals
CLASS 7A CHAMPIONSHIP
Bob Jones (22-1) 34, Thompson 29
106 pounds: Dylan Lesueur, Thompson dec. Jim Wilson, Bob Jones, technical fall, 21-5.
113 pounds: Zaderian Toney, Bob Jones, pinned Harris Mitchell, Thompson, 1:55.
120 pounds: Kevin McGhaw, Bob Jones, dec. Judah Campbell, Thompson, 8-5.
126 pounds: Chandler Akins, Thompson, pinned Zaveon Toney, Bob Jones, 1:10.
132 pounds: Gabe Hixenbaugh, Thompson, pinned Parker Snyder, Bob Jones, 2:51.
138 pounds: Jordan Whalen, Bob Jones, dec. Nathan Roberts, Thompson, 5-3.
145 pounds: Jackson Araneta, Thompson pinned David Onquit, Bob Jones 5:32 .
152 pounds: Cal Francovitch, Bob Jones dec. Ashunti Perry, Thompson, 7-5.
160 pounds: Gabriel Pittman, Bob Jones, dec. Tyler Gilson, Thompson, 5-2.
170 pounds: Nick Mothersele, Bob Jones, dec. William Browder, Thompson, 11-8.
182 pounds: George Frankovitch, Bob Jones, major dec. Alex Ward, Thompson, 14-6.
195 pounds: Harold Gilmore, Bob Jones dec. Isaac McAdams, Thompson, 7-0.
220 pounds: Seth Dupree, Bob Jones, pinned Aubrey Glidewell, Thompson, 1:34.
285 pounds: Seth Whitlock, Thompson, pinned Jordan Aycock, Bob Jones, 4:25.
BIRMINGHAM – Oxford High School junior Clay Webb pinned Gardendale’s Dawson in the final match at of the AHSAA Wrestling Duals Class 6A finals at the Birmingham CrossPlex’s Bill Harris Arena Friday night at 0:50 to give the defending champs a 30-23 victory.
Coach Matt Hicks’ Yellow Jackets led the Rockets (30-8) by a one point, 24-23 heading into the final match after Gardendale’s 220-pounder Trevon Tanniehill pinned Oxford’s Koby Shumate at 5:12. The Rockets forfeited at 195 pounds, however, and those six points proved critical in the end.
Gardendale’s Alex Webb won the 106-pound match to start the contest with a pin over Kaleb Shelton at 3:03 to give the Rockets a quick 6-0 lead. Oxford rebounded to win at 113, 126, 132, 138, 152 and 160 pounds, however.
The 2018 AHSAA Duals Tournament finals continue Saturday with Thompson and Bob Jones squaring off at 1 p.m., at Bill Harris Arena in the Class 7A championship match. Arab and Cleburne County will follow in the 1A/5A finals at 4 p.m.
AHSAA Wrestling Duals
CLASS 6A CHAMPIONSHIP
Oxford 30, Gardendale 23
MONTGOMERY – All three defending champions will be in the 40-TEAM field as the second annual AHSAA Wrestling Duals tournament gets underway. Vestavia Hills, last year’s 7A winner, will be hosting Grissom Saturday at 1 p.m. Oxford, last year’s 6A champion, will meet Gulf Shores at Spanish Fort High School at 1 p.m., Saturday, and Moody, the 1A/5A champ in 2017, will face Saint James Friday at 5 p.m., at Tallassee High School.
Winners and runner-ups from regular-season area play advance to the Duals Tourney. Class 6A and Class 1A/5A will have 16 teams in the competition, and Class 7A will have eight.
Most first-round matches are being played Friday and Saturday. Some first-round matches will be played tonight, however. Some sites are hosting two matches and the quarterfinals all on the same day.
All quarterfinals matches will be played either tonight, Friday or Saturday as well.
Semifinals are set for Tuesday, Jan. 23, at school sites, and the finals will be at the Birmingham CrossPlex’s Bill Harris Arena Friday Jan. 26 (Class 6A) and Saturday, Jan. 27 (Class 7A and Class 1A/5A.
Complete pairings are listed below:
AHSAA Wrestling Duals Tournament
(First-round matches and quarter-final matches will be Jan. 19 or Jan. 20 unless otherwise noted. Class 7A quarter-round matches will be Matches are at the site of an area champion unless otherwise noted. Some sites are hosting more than one match. Weigh in is one hour before the start time of the first match at each site. All times are Central Standard Time.)
M1: Benjamin Russell (R2 RU) at Spanish Fort (R1 W), Sat. Jan 20, 1 p.m.
M2: Gulf Shores (R1 RU) vs. Oxford (R2 W), at Spanish Fort, Sat. Jan 20, 1 p.m.
M3: Hueytown (R4 RU) vs. Wetumpka (R3 W), at McAdory, Fri, Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.
M4: Stanhope Elmore (R3 RU) at McAdory (R4 W), Fri., Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.
M5: Pinson Valley (R6 RU) at Chelsea (R5 W) – Fri., Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.
M6: Helena (R5 RU) vs. Gardendale (R6 W), at Chelsea, Fri., Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m.
M7: Decatur (R8 RU) at Clay Chalkville (R7 W), Fri., Jan. 19, 6 p.m.
M8: Southside-Gadsden (R7 RU) vs. Athens (R8 W), at Clay Chalkville, Fri., Jan. 19, 6 p.m.
M1: Leeds (R2 RU) at Tallassee (R1 W), Fri., Jan. 19, 5 p.m.
M2: Saint James (R1 RU) vs. Moody (R2 W), at Tallassee, Fri., Jan. 19, 5 p.m.
M3: Weaver (R4 RU) at Cleburne County (R3 W), Fri., Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.
M4: Springville (R3 RU) vs. Alexandria (R4 W), at Cleburne County, Fri., Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m.
M5: Corner (R6 RU) vs. Mortimer Jordan (R5 W), at Sumiton Middle School, Thurs., Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m.
M6: Hayden (R5 RU) at Dora (R6 W), at Sumiton Middle School, Thurs., Jan. 18 6:30 p.m.
M7: Mae Jemison (R8 RU) vs. Arab (R7 W), at Deshler, Thurs., Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m.
M8: Scottsboro (R7 RU) at Deshler, Thursday, Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m.
Class 7A (also first round)
M1: Oak Mountain (R2 RU) at Central Phenix City (R1 W), Fri., Jan. 19, 1:30 p.m.
M2: Auburn (R1 RU) at Thompson (R2 W), Fri., Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.
M3: Grissom (R4 RU) at Vestavia Hills (R3 W), Sat., Jan. 20, 1 p.m.
M4: Hewitt Trussville (R3 RU) at Bob Jones (R4 W), Sat., Jan. 20, 9 a.m.
M09: M1 Winner vs M2 Winner, at Spanish Fort, Sat., Jan, 20, 3 p.m.
M10: M3 Winner vs. M4 Winner, at McAdory, Fri., Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
M11: M5 Winner vs. M6 Winner, at Chelsea, Fri., Jan. 19 8 p.m.
M12: M7 Winner vs. M8 Winner, at Clay Chalkville, Fri., Jan 19, 8 p.m.
M09: M1 Winner vs M2 Winner, at Tallassee, Fri., Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
M10: M3 Winner vs. M4 Winner, at Cleburne County, Fri., Jan. 19, 8 p.m.
M11: M5 Winner vs. M6 Winner, at Sumiton Middle School, Thurs., Jan, 18, 8 p.m.
M12: M7 Winner vs. M8 Winner, at Deshler, Thurs., Jan. 18, 7 p.m.
(Tuesday, Jan. 23, for all classes at 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
Weigh-in is one hour prior to start of match. All sites are to be determined after quarterfinals.)
M1 Winner vs. M2 Winner
M3 Winner vs. M4 Winner
M9 Winner vs. M10 Winner
M11 Winner vs. M12 Winner
M9 Winner vs. M10 Winner
AHSAAA DUALS FINALS
(Bill Harris Arena at Birmingham CrossPlex)
Class 6A Finals
Friday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m. (weigh-in at 5 p.m.)
Class 7A Finals
Saturday, Jan. 27, 1 p.m. (weigh-in at noon)
Class 1A/5A Finals
Saturday, Jan. 27, 4 p.m. (weigh-in, 3 p.m.)
MONTGOMERY – Spanish Fort High School accumulated 202.5 points – winning 23 matches by pins – and captured the Baldwin County Wrestling Tournament championship Jan. 13 to thrust the state’s newest county wrestling tourney into the AHSAA Wrestling Spotlight this week.
Defending tourney champion Gulf Shores was second with 191.5 points, Baldwin County followed in third place with 186.5 and Foley finished fourth with 169.
All seven Baldwin County public high schools competed in the tourney that also included Satsuma of near-by Mobile County. The schools collectively have helped bring AHSAA wrestling back to the Mobile area over the last few years and are have ignited rapid interest in the sport amongst its student-athletes.
Justin Ingram, Chris Duran and Jason Snow each won three matches by fall for the Toros of Coach James Gosnell. Four wrestlers had three pins each for Gulf Shores Coach Tyler Countryman. The leader was William Walker of Satsuma, who had five pins on the way to a third-place finish in the 106-pound division. The freshman improved to 9-5 on the year with a fall in just 37 seconds over seventh grader Isaiah Wysong of Daphne in the third-place match. Robertsdale freshman Gavin Strain (18-0) won 11-4 over Spanish Fort freshman Mitch Pote (27-15) in the 106-pound finals.
Ingram (48-0) remained unbeaten winning the 145-pound title. The junior, a three-time county champion, downed Gulf Shores sophomore John Paul Uter (14-5) 6-0 in the finals. Snow (31-13) was beaten 10-4 in the 152-pound finals by Gulf Shores’ William West (25-4), and Duran (22-15) finished third at 132 pounds. Spanish Fort eighth grader Gabriel Warren (37-4) won a 7-3 decision over Brody George (22-7) of Gulf Shores in the 120-pound finals.
Other top wrestling performances reported from last week’s action included:
MATT TICE INVITATIONAL
ZACHARY CLAYTON, DORA: The senior (34-1) beat Mortimer Jordan junior Devyn Gunter (29-13) in the 132-pound finals 6-0 to lead Dora to the team championship of the tourney hosted by at Leeds. The Bulldogs totaled 185 points. Mortimer Jordan was second at 179 and Moody was third with 165.5. Clayton had three pins in the tourney.
MACON EDWARDS, FULTONDALE: The senior beat Holtville’s Tristan Watson (26-6) in the 120-pound finals with a pin a 1:00. Edwards (48-0) had three pins for the tourney.
CARIAL TARTER, MORTIMER JORDAN: The Blue Devils 160-pound senior (38-0) extended his current winning streak to 85 bouts in a row with a technical fall at 3:34 over David Williams (46-4) of Dora.
SKYLER MIZZELL, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: The Saints junior improved to 31-0 with a pin at 2:00 over Montevallo sophomore Ariel Suarez (22-6) in the 220-pound finals.
BRADY RICHARDSON, HOLTVILLE: Improved to 28-1 with a pin at 3:19 in the 152-pound finals over Dora senior Jordan Tyree (49-4).
MONTGOMERY – Thompson High School wrestlers Sam Latona and Gabe Hixenbaugh reached the finals in their respective weight divisions at the Cheesehead Invitational Wrestling Championships at Kaukauna, Wisconsin, to lead the Warriors to an 11th-place finish in the nationally acclaimed tournament. The impressive showing by the two juniors thrust them into the AHSAA Wrestling Spotlight this week.
The Warriors of Sean Weltzin totaled 312 points in the 32-team field, which was comprised of teams primarily from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois. Thompson was the only Southern team in the field.
Latona (35-2) went 6-1 to finish second in the 120-pound weight division. The junior finished 71-1 last season to win the AHSAA Class 7A 106-pound title. He lost to senior Joey Melendez (25-1) of meet champion Montini Catholic (IL) in the finals 5-0. Hixenbaugh (35-3), a junior who was 75-4 as a sophomore en route to the Class 7A 126-pound state crown, reached the 132-pound finals at the Cheesehead Invitational with six straight wins. Real Woods (21-1), also of Montini Catholic, won with a technical fall at 4:29 in the finals.
Thompson had five additional wrestlers finish in the Top 10 of their respective weight divisions. Dylan Leseuer (34-7) finished seventh at 106 pounds, Emmanuel Oliver (24-4) ninth at 113 pounds, Chandler Akins (20-9) 10th at 120 pounds, Isaac McAdams (27-14) 10th at 195 pounds and Seth Whitlock (12-9) eighth at 285 pounds.
Other top wrestling performances reported included:
Jefferson County Championships
MACON EDWARDS, FULTONDALE: Edwards (42-0), a senior who saw his 163-match win streak come to an end in the 113-pound Class 1A-5A finals in 2017, beat Luke Jasper of Mortimer Jordan with a pin at 3:44 in the 122-pound finals of the Jefferson County Tournament held at Oak Grove. Clay-Chalkville won the Jeffco title with 206 points over Mortimer Jordan (197.5. Gardendale was third with 193. Fultondale, the smallest school in the 12-team field, was sixth with 152 points.
CARIAL TARTER, MORTIMER JORDAN: Tarter (32-0), who finished unbeaten last season as a junior at 47-0 to win the Class 1A-5A 145-pound state crown, extended his current winning streak to 79 with a technical fall 15-0 decision over Christian Hopkins of Pinson Valley in the 162-pound Jeffco finals. Tarter was 47-0 as a junior winning the 1A-5A state title at 152 pounds.
Calhoun County Championships
CLAY WEBB, OXFORD: Won the 285-pound title with a pin at 4:19 over Pleasant Valley’s Wesley Harrell to help the defending Class 6A state champs win the tournament championship. Host Oxford totaled 243.5 points and runner-up Alexandria had 173.5. Weaver was third with 113 points.
CODY SOUDER, WEAVER: The freshman improved to 25-0 with a pin in just 34 seconds to win the 108-pound title.
FLETCHER SWINDALL, ALEXANDRIA: Improved to 20-0 with a 9-7 decision over Wesley Slick of Oxford (27-5) in the 134-pound Calhoun County tourney finals.
CHRISTIAN KNOP, ALEXANDRIA: Knop (23-0), The Class 1A/5A defending state champion, won the 184-pound title at the Calhoun County tourney with a pin in finals in just 51 seconds. The junior was 58-0 last season and was 56-0 in 2016 at 170 pounds. His current winning streak is 137 and counting.
Barry Mask Invitational, Wetumpka
STEVEN BELL, McADORY: Improved to 36-0 with a 10-4 decision over Jackson Howard (17-2) of Saint James in the 128-pound finals held at Wetumpka. Southside-Gadsden won the tourney title with 342.5 points, followed by runner-up Benjamin Russell (328.5) and third-place Wetumpka (307).
JUSTIN INGRAM, SPANISH FORT: Ingram (38-0) downed Michael Jackson (20-6) of Thompson with a pin at 3:30 in the 147-pound division.
BRADY RICHARDSON, HOLTVILLE: Captured the 152-pound title going 4-0. Richardson (21-0) pinned three opponents, won another with a major decision and then handed Lee-Montgomery grappler Princeton Perryman (13-2) his second loss of the season with a 7-3 decision in the finals.
MASON BLACKWELL, WETUMPKA: Went 4-0, including a 6-5 decision over Jack Burt (12-2) of Montgomery Catholic, to claim the 160-pound weight division championship last weekend. The freshman improved 20-0 on the season after finishing fourth in the Class 6A State Meet as an eighth grader.
LADONTAY GARRISON, SIDNEY LANIER: The senior (7-0) pinned Connor Burk (24-10) in the 184-pound finals at 1:47.
LEFREDRICK WALKER, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Walker (22-0), a senior, downed Benjamin Russell’s Damien Lawry 4-2 in the 222-pound finals.
Hoover/Scott Rohrer Invitational
MAX KAUFFMAN, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Kauffman (34-0) beat Matthew Blalock of Pensacola-Tate with a technical fall (19-4) in the 134-pound finals to help Central finish second overall in the field of 32 teams. Vestavia Hills won the annual meet at Hoover High School with 854.5 points. The Red Devils had 813.5 and the host Bucs had 757.5 to finish third. Bob Jones was fourth with 712.5.
HECTOR CANDELARIA, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Remained unbeaten at 25-0 with a 3-1 decision over Hewitt-Trussville’s Stone Barden (11-2) in the 140-pound finals.
KRISTIAN SCOTT, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: The Red Devils senior improved to 34-0 on the season with s pin at 1:39 in the finals over Vestavia Hills junior Peter Dazzio (31-5).
BARRETT BLAKELY, OAK MOUNTAIN: The Eagles senior downed Scottsboro’s Kolton Clark (29-2) 8-3 in the 172-pound finals to remain undefeated at 35-0.
NATHAN DUNAWAY, HELENA: Dunaway (39-0), a sophomore, pinned previously unbeaten Hoover senior D’Angelo Dewitt (36-1) in the 184-pound finals at 1:31. He had seven consecutive wins, including five by pins, in the tournament.
Rumble in the Jungle Invitational, Heflin
MASON SHELL, PELL CITY: The sophomore downed Alexandria’s Aden Whittaker (15-9) in the 113-pound finals to remain undefeated at 28-0. Host Cleburne County won the tourney with 328.5 points. Pell City was second with 278.5, Alexandria (244.5) was third and Oxford (28.5) was fourth in the 13-team field.
FLETCHER SWINDALL, ALEXANDRIA: Won five matches to improve to 25-0 and won the 132-pound title over Jackson Hurst of Oxford with a 14-4 major decision.
JASON HIGGINS, CLEBURNE COUNTY: Higgins (12-0), a senior, pinned Matthew Lindsey (18-6) of Walter Wellborn at 1:58 to win the 160-pound weight division.
CHRISTIAN KNOP, ALEXANDIA: Knop (27-0) won four matches at 182 pounds to improve his current winning streak to 141 in a row. He handed Cleburne County junior Cade Smith (16-1) his first loss of the season in the finals winning 15-0 with a technical fall at 2:25.
JORDAN BROOKS, SAKS: The senior, now 9-0, won the 285-pound division with a pin over Matthew Thornton (14-3) of Piedmont in the finals at 1:00.
Julian McPhillips Invitational, Montgomery
JACK TINDALL, ARAB: The senior (34-3) handed Lee-Montgomery senior LeFredrick Walker (30-1) his first defeat of the season in the semifinals, and he followed by handing Tallassee junior Andy Baker (29-1) his first loss of the season in the 222-pound finals. Arab scored 238 points to win the McPhillips Invitational hosted by Saint James. Smiths Station was second in the 22-team field with 181 points followed by Wetumpka (263.5) and host Saint James (152.0).
JACKSON ELDER, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: The ACA junior (4-0), who finished fourth in the AHSAA 1A-5A State Championships last year, beat Arab’s Jacob Holland (44-3) in the 108-pound finals by a 5-1 decision.
CLAY JONES, ARAB: Won the 147-pound championship with a pin at 3:18 in the finals over Trey Gaines (24-8) of Saint James. Jones (47-0) finished third in the state meet last season at 138 pounds.
MASON BLACKWELL, WETUMPKA: Won three matches to win the 162-pound division and raised his season record to 23-0. He beat Mason Grissett of Prattville Christian with a pin at 1:56 in the finals.
LADONTAY GARRISON, SIDNEY LANIER: Garrison (11-0, a Poets senior, won four matches en route to the 184-pound title. He pinned senior Justin Lewis of Carver-Montgomery (12-4) at 3:53 in the finals.
Contact: Dan Schuster
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (December 19, 2017) — The most popular online education course on the NFHS Learning Center – “Concussion in Sports” – is now available in Spanish at www.NFHSLearn.com. The NFHS also has released “Officiating Wrestling,” which is the seventh sport-specific officiating course available through the NFHS Learning Center.
The NFHS partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2010 to offer “Concussion in Sports.” The free course has since been taken more than 3.5 million times, and with the help of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, is now available in Spanish. This is the first course offered by the NFHS Learning Center in a language other than English.
“We are pleased to offer our very first course in Spanish, as well as continuing to provide additional opportunities for individuals to become involved in professional development,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services.
The goal of “Concussion in Sports” is to educate coaches, officials, parents and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports. The course includes each state’s concussion management requirements, in addition to highlighting the impact of sports-related concussion on athletes. Those who take the course will learn how to recognize a suspected concussion, as well as protocols to manage suspected concussions and the steps used to help players safely return to play.
“Officiating Wrestling” emphasizes the value of a referee’s judgment. To make the correct call, a referee must possess the proper knowledge of wrestling rules and their implementation. “Officiating Wrestling” is designed to help wrestling officials not only understand the rules, but how to properly apply them when in action.
“Professional development is critically important, and we are pleased to add another course for officials to the NFHS Learning Center,” Schuster said. “’Officiating Wrestling’ is a great course for new wrestling officials; however, it also provides great reminders of fundamentals for veteran officials.”
“Officiating Wrestling,” which is also now available through the NFHS Learning Center, costs $20. All members of the NFHS Officials Association are eligible for a $10 discount by entering an NFHS Officials Association registered email at checkout.
After starting with two courses in 2007 through the NFHS Coach Education Program, the NFHS Learning Center now offers 58 online courses – including more than 26 of which are free – and has expanded its reach to contest officials, students, administrators and music adjudicators. Since the launch of www.NFHSLearn.com in 2007, the NFHS has delivered more than six million courses.
This press release was written by Cody Porter, a graphic arts/communications assistant in the NFHS Publications/Communications Department.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 2, 2017) — An alternate two-piece uniform consisting of compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling and a form-fitted compression shirt has been approved for the 2017-18 season in high school wrestling. Wrestlers will have the option of the new two-piece uniform or the traditional one-piece singlet.
This revision to Rule 4-1-1 was one of 11 rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee at its April 2-4 meeting in Indianapolis, and all changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
The compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling shall be school-issued and shall have a minimum 4-inch inseam that does not extend below the knee. The form-fitted compression shirt shall not cover or extend below the elbow and shall have a minimum 3-inch tail. The shirt may be worn under a singlet or with compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling.
Specific language was developed regarding undergarment requirements for female contestants wearing a one-piece singlet or a form-fitted compression shirt, as well as for male contestants wearing shorts designed for wrestling.
The committee approved use of the alternate two-piece uniform in the hopes of increasing boys and girls participation in the sport after receiving favorable results from experimentation and positive comments from schools, students, coaches and officials.
The committee approved several rules related to minimizing risk of injury in the sport. Rule 4-5-3 now prohibits any activities that promote weight loss or weight gain when an athlete misses weight on his or her first attempt on the scale. In addition to activities that promote dehydration or drinking fluids to gain weight, the rule now prohibits activities such as cutting hair, modifying clothing, etc.
Another change designed to reduce risk of injury was elimination of the straight-back salto, regardless of which body part (head, neck or shoulder) hits the mat first. The straight-back salto in the rear-standing position that brings the defensive wrestler straight back with feet in the air is intended to have the defensive wrestler’s head, neck or shoulder(s) hit the mat first, and is now an illegal move.
In addition, added to the list of illegal holds/maneuvers in Rule 7-1-5 was a front flip and/or front hurdle over an opponent in the standing position.
“The attempt to flip or hurdle an opponent from a neutral position is not only an elevated risk to the wrestler attempting the maneuver, it also places the opponent in a disadvantage position as he or she is not only left to counter the scoring attempt, but is placed in a position of responsibility for not reacting in a manner that may cause a slam or unsafe return to the mat of the wrestler who actually initiated the maneuver,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services.
The committee approved two changes in Rule 5-11 related to falls and near falls. In 5-11-1, the shoulders or scapula of the offensive wrestler no longer must be inbounds to earn a fall. The committee agreed that wrestling should continue if the offensive wrestler’s supporting parts remain inbounds and no body part of the defensive wrestler goes off the mat. In 5-11-5, “unless any part of the shoulders or both scapulae of the defensive wrestler is inbounds” was eliminated. If wrestling is continuing during a match, near falls and falls will be awarded/earned regardless of the out-of-bounds line.
In a related rule, Rule 5-15-2b, c was changed as follows: “Near-fall points or a fall shall be earned while the supporting points of either wrestler are inbounds.”
“The committee agreed that offensive wrestling should be rewarded,” Hopkins said. “If wrestling is continuing, as allowed by current rules, and points for escapes and reversals are allowed, the ability to earn a fall or near fall should be there as well, with no deference to the out-of-bounds line.”
Other changes approved by the committee include the following:
· Rule 5-19-10: The referee no longer may be behind the contestants when starting the wrestlers from the down position, which has led the false starts by one or both wrestlers.
· Rule 6-6-4a(1) and 6-6-5a(1): Errors by the timekeeper, official scorer or referee must be corrected prior to the offended contestant leaving the mat area and before the start of the next match on that mat.
· 7-6-4d: Stalling occurs when the contestant in the advantage position stays behind the opponent while on his/her feet, making no attempt to bring the opponent to the mat.
“The wrestling rules committee did another phenomenal job in taking the necessary strides to promote participation by approving a two-piece alternate uniform to be worn,” Hopkins said. “The committee also continued its commitment to reducing risk by making the straight-back salto and suplay illegal maneuvers, as well as prohibiting weight loss or gain in the weigh-in area. In addition, scoring a fall or near-fall is strengthened by the modifications to the definition and location of fall and near-fall in our rules book.”
Wrestling ranks seventh in popularity among boys at the high school level with 250,653 participants, according to the 2015-16 NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. In addition, 13,496 girls participate in the sport throughout the nation.
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