With the threat of wintry weather in the forecast, Scottsboro head wrestling coach Chris Staton feared his team might lose yet another scheduled tournament. But the weather held off, and Scottsboro was able to wrestle at Saturday’s Grissom Duals.

And the Wildcats did not let the opportunity go to waste, going 5-0 with wins over Class 7A schools Buckhorn and Sparkman, 1A-5A rivals New Hope and St. John Paul II-Catholic and out-of-state foe Independence (Tennessee).

“We were fortunate everything worked out for us and we were able to wrestle and stay busy,” Staton said. “We were able to get some good matches in and get in some work.”

Scottsboro’s closest match was against Independence, as the Wildcats edged the Tennessee squad 41-39 with a late comeback. Scottsboro trailed 39-23 after losing by decision in the 182-pound weight class match, but Maji Billingsley won via pin at 195 to keep the Wildcats’ victory hopes alive. With Independence set to forfeit the 285 match to Scottsboro’s Bradford Womack, the dual’s outcome came down to the 220 match. Scottsboro needed a victory by pin or technical fall to win the dual, and Caleb Anderson delivered victory via pin just 32 seconds into the match to pull the Wildcats within 39-35. Womack’s win via forfeit at 285 then pushed Scottsboro past Independence on the scoreboard for the 41-39 win.

Staton said was pleased with his wrestlers’ performances at the tournament.

“The guys wrestled well,” he said. “We had some young guys step up.”

Scottsboro returns to action Thursday or Friday for the first two rounds of the 2018 AHSAA State Duals Tournament. Scottsboro will wrestle the Region 8 winner in the first round. The Region 8 tournament was held late Monday at Deshler High School in Tuscumbia.

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