The Scottsboro wrestling team pinned a rival Tuesday night.

The Wildcats posted a 55-24 duals match victory over visiting rival Fort Payne Tuesday night at Carter Gymnasium.

Scottsboro trailed early in the match before winning the final seven matches. The Wildcats won a pair of matches with wrestlers in which Aaron Clark and John McAlpin were bumped up a weight class to avoid some forfeits.

“Shifting the lineup some and also getting some wins from some young guys really helped us,” Scottsboro head coach Chris Staton said. 

The Wildcats fell behind 6-0 before pulling even at 6-all on Clinton Stewart’s second-period win via pin during the 113-pound weight class match. Clark tied it at 12-all thanks to his first-period pin in the 126 match, and McAlpin gave the Wildcats an 18-12 lead after posting a second-period pin at 132. 

Two Scottsboro forfeits at 138 and 145 put Fort Payne in front 24-18 before tying it 24-all on Conner Calfee’s first-period pin at 152. After Damian Ramirez at 160 and Kolton Clark at 170 picked up forfeit wins, Trevian Billingsley won via pin at 182, Sean McAlpin won a 14-6 major decision at 195, Caleb Anderson won an 11-1 major decision at 220 and Bradford Womack won via forfeit at 285.

Carrollton (Georgia), which was also scheduled to attend Tuesday’s duals, was unable to attend after being out of school the day before.

Weather permitting, Scottsboro is scheduled to wrestle in the Grissom Duals. Winter weather, which is possible Friday night into Saturday, cost the Wildcats a tournament last month at Weaver. Staton is hoping Scottsboro doesn’t lose more valuable mat time as the postseason nears.

“Hopefully it’ll hold off and we can get the matches in,” Staton said. “We generally see a lot of 7A teams and some Tennessee teams. Hopefully we’ll get those in.”


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