The McCallie Invitational is regarded as one of the southeast’s toughest high school wrestling
Scottsboro head coach Chris Staton said this year’s version lived to that reputation.
“It’s always a good tournament to that a high level of competition,” Staton said.
Scottsboro finished 13th in the team standings with 104.5 points, while North Jackson finished 28th with 51 points during the 33-team tournament held Friday and Saturday in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Tournament host McCallie took the team title with 209.5 points.
The last two remaining undefeated Scottsboro wrestlers, John McAlpin and Kolton Clark, both suffered their first defeats of the season.
McAlpin (14-1), last season’s Class 5A 120-pound state champion, won his first four matches — three via pin — during the tournament before suffering by a 14-1 technical fall loss to McCallie’s Alex Wentworth (13-1) in the 126-pound weight class championship match.
Clark (15-1), a 2015 state champion and two-time state finalist, won his first four matches — three via pin — before dropping a 7-4 decision to Oak Mountain’s Barrett Blakely (26-0) in the 170 title match.
“It was a good opportunity for them to see some real good kids and be in some high level matches that will help them at the end of the year,” Staton said.
Conner Calfee gave Scottsboro three placers, finishing fifth at 152. Calfee (10-2) went 5-2 during the event and got a forfeit from Blake Beasley of West Laurens (Georgia) in the 152 fifth-place match.
Meanwhile, Clinton Stewart (11-4) at 113, Damian Ramirez (7-3) at 160 and Caleb Anderson (12-4) at 220 all went 2-2 for the Wildcats while Sean McAlpin (10-4) went 1-2 and Jordan Porter (6-7) at 120 and Maji Billingsley (12-4) at 182 went 0-2.
Next up for the Wildcats is the Scottsboro Duals Thursday at 9 a.m. at Carter Gymnasium.
North Jackson wrestlers place — Both of North Jackson’s wrestlers placed during the McCallie Invitational.
Tanner Woodall (8-1) posted a runner-up finish in the 195-pound weight class. He won his first three matches — two via pins — before losing a 6-3 decision to Ian Hunt of South Forsyth (Georgia).
Travis Woodall (9-2) posted a 5-1 record during the tournament, which included pinning Jeffery Curtis of Heritage (Tennessee) in the 195-pound fifth-place match.