A Dozen Wrestlers Qualify For State Tournament
BIRMINGHAM- A dozen wrestlers from the immediate area high schools have qualified for the AHSAA State Tournament scheduled for this weekend at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. The top six finishers in each weight classes of the Class 7A North Super Regional held in Birmingham will make their way to the season-ending event.
Nine Bob Jones wrestlers punched their tickets to the State Tournament while James Clemens had two individual wrestlers and Sparkman one.
At the North Super Regional, Maddox Sunderman of Bob Jones was the lone local wrestler to advance to the Regional finals participating in the heavyweight 285-pound weight class. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound two-sport athlete, who recently signed a scholarship to play football at Jacksonville State, lost in the finals to Rayshod Burts (49-3) of Spain Park in a 2-0 decision. Sunderman (43-3), a senior, made his way through the competition with three wins before falling in the finals.
Additional State Tournament qualifiers featured:
220: Tafari Alcime, Jr., (51-7) of Bob Jones won third place 5-2 over Chris Hawkins, Sr., (44-11) of Hewitt Trussville; 195: Ben Crouse, Jr., (34-18) of Bob Jones won fifth place by DFF over Griffin McKinney, Jr., (40-14) of Huntsville; 182: Ronin Amsler, Sr., (34-8) of Bob Jones lost in fifth place match by fall 1:23 to Nathan Black, Jr., (35-12) of Thompson; 170: Sheldon Sharp, 8, (56-18) of Bob Jones won fifth place DFF over Vincent Bianca, Jr., (41-13) of Grissom; 160: Jaylin Bellamy, Sr., of Sparkman won fifth place DFF over Charlie Buttiker, So., (38-21) of Hewitt-Trussville; 138: Max Bell, So., (23-17) of James Clemens lost the fifth place match DFF to Landon Keith, Jr., (24-12) of Chelsea; 132: Ethan Johnson of James Clemens, Jr., (30-9) won fifth place DFF over Caiden Conolley, Jr., (19-10) of Chelsea; Jack Shaver, Jr., (42-15) of Bob Jones won fifth place DFF over Alec Nelson, So., (45-23) of Hewitt-Trussville; 120: Troy Hennigan of Bob Jones, Sr., (33-11) lost fifth place 5-0 to Jayden King, So., (20-6) of Tuscaloosa County; 113: Zander Samargia, Fr., (40-14) lost third place by fall 1:22 to Wallace Blue, Jr., (37-4) of Huntsville; 106: Kaden Clark, 7, (58-11) of Bob Jones won third place forfeit over Cale Tucker, Sr., (21-7) of Vestavia Hills.
The final team standings included 1. Vestavia Hills 239, 2. Thompson 226.5, 3. Huntsville 200, 4. Hewitt-Trussville 157.5, 5. Hoover 142.5, 6. Spain Park 140.5, 7. Bob Jones 136, 8. Chelsea 92.5, 9. Tuscaloosa County 61.5, 10. Grissom 57.5.