The Scottsboro wrestling team is sending a solid contingent to AHSAA State Wrestling Championships.
Nine Scottsboro wrestlers qualified for state in their respective weight classes during this past weekend’s Class 1A-5A North Super Section tournament at the Birmingham Crossplex’s Bill Harris Arena.
Scottsboro finished with a team score of 212. Arab, the defending Class 1A-5A AHSAA traditional state champion, won the sectional with a team score of 267. Moody (189) was third while Mortimer Jordan was fourth and Hayden and Southside (140) tied for fifth.
Scottsboro head coach Chris Staton said the Wildcats didn’t perform as well as possible in some area.
“It was a little disappointing because I felt like we lost some matches in some spots that we felt like we could’ve won,” he said. “We put ourselves in a lot harder spot for state.”
The state tournament begins Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.
Among Scottsboro’s nine state qualifiers were three sectional champions: Conner Calfee (27-4) in the 160-pound weight class, Kolton Clark (32-1) at 182 and Caleb Anderson (28-6) at 220.
Calfee pinned Hayden’s Jayson Spencer in the 160-pound weight class final while Clark won a 14-4 major decision over Arab’s Sam Atchley in the 182 final and Anderson won a 4-3 decision over St. Clair County’s Skyler Mizzell in the 195 final.
“Caleb Anderson really wrestled well and put himself in a good spot,” Staton said. “Kolton continues to wrestle well and Conner Calfee had a good day. He beat the kid from Hayden in the finals that beat him up here [in the duals state semifinals].”
Damian Ramirez (34-3) lost an 11-8 decision to St. John Paul II’s Gerard McCarron to finish second in the 170-pound weight class, and Branford Womack (15-1) rebounded from a his first loss to win his last two matches to finish third at heavyweight.
Meanwhile, Tre Billingsley (22-9) finished fourth in the 195-pound weight class while Mason McKenzie (25-14) was sixth at 106 and Clinton Stewart (26-10) and Tanner Shelton (14-15) seventh at 113 and 152 respectively.
“We had some matches that could’ve went our way,” Staton said. “If we correct some things that can go our way at state.”