A pair of individual championships along with four more top-five finishes helped the Scottsboro wrestling team notch a strong finish in the 38th annual Huntsville Invitational on Saturday.
Kolton Clark and John McAlpin took top honors in their respective weight classes to lead the Wildcats to a fourth-place team finish.
Scottsboro, which finished with 344 points, the top Class 1A-5A finisher. Class 7A Bob Jones won the title with a score of 585.5, 170 points better than tournament host Huntsville. Independence (Tenn.) edged Scottsboro for third place by 29 points. Madison County (261) rounded out the Top-5 in the 22-team event.
McAlpin (10-0) won the 126-pound weight class title. McAlpin, a Class 1A-5A state champion at 120 pounds last season, went 6-0 during the tournament and pinned Independence's Tyler Dittmer's in 4:55 of the championship match.
Kolton Clark (10-0), a 2015 state champion and a 2016 state runner-up, went 5-0 on the way to winning the 170-pound weight class championship. Clark won a 10-0 decision over Westminster Christian's Ethan Pippen in the 170 final.
Damian Ramirez (5-1) posted a third-place finish in the 160-pound weight class. He won a 3-2 decision over Huntsville's Landon Shelton in the third-place match. Scottsboro got fourth-place finishes from Clinton Stewart (9-2) at 113 and Maji Billingsley (12-2) at 182 and a fifth-place finish from Caleb Anderson (9-2) at 220. Jordan Porter (6-5) and Tre Billingsley (7-3) finished seventh at 120 and 182 respectively while Mason McKenzie (5-6) finished ninth at 106, Levi Hall (7-6) 10th at 285 and Jacob Warren (2-4) 14th at 220.
North Jackson debuts in wrestling — The North Jackson wrestling program made its debut during this weekend's Huntsville Invitational.
Juniors Tanner and Travis Woodall, who wrestled for Scottsboro as freshmen in 2015, took the mat for the Chiefs. Tanner Woodall won the 195-pound weight class, going 6-0 and defeating Bob Jones' Harold Gilmore in the 195 championship match by a 10-6 decision.
Meanwhile, Travis Woodall went 5-1 during the tournament, finishing third after posting three wins in the consolation bracket after an early setback in the quarterfinals. He defeated Independence's Christopher Keller 3-1 in the third-place match.
The two wrestlers combined to score 98 points, giving North Jackson a 17th-place finish in the team standings.