Advancing to the semifinals

Scottsboro's John McAlpin controls his quarterfinal match on his way to advancing to the state semifinals.


Two Scottsboro wrestlers remained in contention for state championships at the conclusion of the opening day of the 2017 AHSAA Class 1A-5A State Wrestling Championships on Thursday.

Scottsboro’s John McAlpin in the 120-pound weight class and Kolton Clark at 145 both went 2-0 on Day 1 to advance to their respective weight class semifinals, which were scheduled for Friday. 

The AHSAA State Wrestling Championships conclude today at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville starting with consolation finals at 9 a.m. and the state championship matches beginning at 11:30 a.m. (Admission is $10).  

All six of Scottsboro’s wrestlers remained in the tournament after Day 1 as the Wildcats were 10th in the team standings with 31.5 points (17 points away from fourth). Arab (77.5) led the team standings after Day 1 by seven points over second-place Cleburne County. 

McAlpin, a state runner-up in 6A last season, won his opening-round match via pin (31 seconds) over Walter Wellborn’s Namath Pitts and his quarterfinal match via a 9-3 decision over St. James’ Jackson Howard. Clark, who won a 6A state title at 126 last season, pinned Weaver’s Drake Monroe in 59 seconds to win his opening-round match and pinned Hayden’s Zach Cooper in 48 seconds to win his quarterfinal match.

Maji Billingsley at 170 and Caleb Anderson at 220 both won their opening round matches but fell in quarterfinal matches. Billingsley won a 15-0 technical decision over Leed’s Lawrence Chatman in Round 1 but then fell via pin (4:35) to Weaver’s Kyle Clapper in the quarterfinals. Anderson won his opening-round match via pin (3:18) before losing via pin (3:53) to Weaver’s Caleb Allison in the quarterfinals.

Clinton Stewart at 106 and Conner Calfee at 152 both rebounded from opening-round losses to win Consolation Bracket Round 1 matches. Stewart defeated St. James’ Wes Christie by a 4-3 decision while Calfee defeated Ranburne’s Spencer Jordan via pin (2:25).

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