The Scottsboro wrestling team will have wrestlers battling for state championships later this week.
Four Wildcats earned spots in the AHSAA State Wrestling Championships thanks to top-eight finishes at the North Super Section on Saturday at the Birmingham Crossplex’s Bill Harris Arena.
Scottsboro wrestlers Kolby Clark, Mason McKenzie, Russell Proctor and Clinton Stewart will wrestle in the Class 1A-5A state tournament this coming Thursday through Saturday at the Von Braun Center’s Propst Arena in Huntsville.
“Obviously we wish had more going, but the guys that are did a pretty good job (at sectionals),” said Scottsboro head coach Chris Staton. “Well take the kids this week and hopefully see them to their best.”
Clark (24-8) had Scottsboro’s best finish, placing second in the 285-pound weight division despite wrestling some 50 pounds under weight. He lost via pin to Jasper’s Brodie Vinson in the 285 finals.
“He wrestled well,” Staton said of Clark, who went 4-1 with four wins by pin. “He was leading in the finals before he made a mistake and got caught. In the heavyweight division, a mistake is harder to recover from, especially giving up that much weight. But he’s putting it together and has been wrestling well. Hopefully it come together for him this week.”
Stewart (32-6) earned a spot at state after posting a fourth-place finish at 126. He posted a 4-2 record with three pins.
McKenzie (22-11) posted a fifth-place finish at 106 after going 4-2 with three points.
Proctor (29-7), a first-time state qualifier, finished fifth at 152 after going 4-2 record with two pins.
Scottsboro had three other wrestlers that did not qualify. Aaron Clark just missed state after going 3-2 and falling in the fourth round of the consolation bracket at 145. Lucas Bellomy finished 1-2 at 220 while Keagan Travis went 0-2 at 160.
“I was pleased in some areas and thought we could’ve wrestled a lot better in some others,” Staton said.
Scottsboro hits the mat in the state tournament on Thursday at noon.