Scottsboro wrestlers will try to make their reservations for state this weekend.
The Class 1A-5A North Super Section wrestling tournament begins Friday at 10 a.m. and concludes Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m. The event is being held at the Birmingham Crossplex’s Bob Harris Arena. Admission is $8 per day.
Wrestlers from a total of 30 teams will compete in the 1A-5A North Super Section. The top-eight wrestlers in each weight class advance to next week’s AHSAA State Wrestling Championships in Huntsville.
Scottsboro will field wrestlers in 12 of the 14 weight classes, the exceptions being the 138 and 145 classes.
Scottsboro’s line-up for the Super Section features Clinton Stewart wrestling in the 106-pound weight class, Mason McKenzie at 113, Aaron Clark at 120, John McAlpin at 126, Jordan Porter at 132, Conner Calfee at 152, Damian Ramirez at 160, Kolton Clark at 170, Maji Billingsley at 184, Sean McAlpin at 195, Caleb Anderson at 220 and Branford Womack at 285.
Senior John McAlpin was a state champion a year ago at 120 and is a three-time state finalist while Clark, a junior, is a two-time state finalist with a state title in 2015 and Anderson, a junior, was a fifth-place state finisher at 220 last season. Billingsley, Calfee and Stewart were all state qualifiers a year ago.
The upper weight classes are where Scottsboro is most experienced, and Staton said their performances will determine the Wildcats’ fate.
“If we get rolling at 152 and up, we could have a really good tournament,” Staton said. “If we start dropping matches, it could get ugly.”
No matter where Scottsboro finishes in the team standings this weekend, the primary objective is to qualify as many wrestlers as possible for next week’s state tournament.
“The goal is get to Huntsville,” Staton said. “Then it’s a new season and everybody is 0-0.”
Scottsboro wrestlers will not know their opponents until later tonight. But with so many teams in the tournament, it’s hard to prepare for individual matches at the sectional level, Staton said.
“When we were in 6A, you kind of knew how it would likely shake out. But now, the 1A-5A division is the largest, and it’s just impossible to see all the teams. You just have to focus on being the best wrestler you can be when the [sectional] comes.”
NJHS’ Woodalls to wrestle at North Super Section — North Jackson junior Tanner and Travis Woodall will try to secure a berth in the state tournament during this weekend’s North Super Section tournament.
Tanner Woodall will wrestle in the Class 1A-5A division’s 195-pound weight class while twin brother Travis will wrestle at 220.
The duo, both former Scottsboro wrestlers, is North Jackson’s first wrestlers in school history.