Judging by the results during its final tournament of the regular season, the Scottsboro wrestling team appears to be postseason ready.
Scottsboro had three weight class champions, seven weight class finalists and 12 top-five finishers en route to posting a runner-up team finish in Saturday’s Mountain Brook Invitational.
The Wildcats totaled 158 points, second only to Class 7A squad Huntsville (190) and in front of 7As Mountain Brook (136.5) and Hewitt- Trussville (131.5) and 6A McAdory (131).
“It was good for confidence to do well and finish out our last tournament with a strong showing,” said Scottsboro head coach Chris Staton, whose team closes the regular season tonight with a dual matches vs. Fort Payne and Huntsville at FPHS before competing in the AHSAA Class 1A-5A North Super Section on Feb. 9-10.
Scottsboro’s Clinton Stewart (31-12) won the 106-pound weight class championship while Damian Ramirez (25-10) won the 160 title and Kolton Clark (39-2) won the 170 championship.
Clark, who was the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, went 3-0 with three pins and defeating Pelham’s Joseph Chimento by pinfall (2:36) in the 170 finals. Ramirez finished 3-0, including a win by a 3-2 decision over Thompson’s Michael Jackson in the 160 final. Stewart went 4-0, all via pins, and defeated Thompson’s Blaise Albarado by pinfall (1:24) in the 106 final.
“Kolton wrestled solid and it was good to see him get the M.O.W. award,” Staton said. “[The championships] were good to see for Clinton and Damian. It was good see them putting it together and hopefully they can take that and get on a run here at the end.”
Meanwhile, John McAlpin (36-3) finished second at 126 pounds after dropping a 3-0 decision to undefeated McAdory wrestler Steven Bell (61-0) in the 126 final.
Connor Calfee (27-11) finished as the 152 runner-up while Maji Billingsley (23-9) was the runner-up at 182 and Caleb Anderson (30-10) was the runner-up at 220. Mason McKenzie (33-10) finished third at 106 — his lone setback was a semifinal loss to Scottsboro teammate Stewart — while Sean McAlpin (26-10) placed third at 195 and Bradford Womack (19-5) at 285 respectively. Trevian Billingsley (20-14) finished fourth at 182 and Levi Hall (17-8) placed fifth at 285.