The Scottsboro wrestling program has a storied tradition, but it will achieve a program first later this month.
Scottsboro has qualified for the second annual AHSAA state wrestling duals tournament thanks to a second-place finish in the Class 1A-5A Region 7 Duals on Dec. 29.
The Wildcats went 3-1 in the region meet to secure the runner-up spot and the program’s first state duals tournament appearance.
“It’s exciting to get this chance,” said Scottsboro head coach Chris Staton of being one of the eight teams in the 1A-5A division competing for a state duals title.
The Wildcats will wrestle the Region 8 winner in the quarterfinal round on Jan. 19 or 20.
Scottsboro posted region dual wins of 60-15 over Lee, 66-16 over Madison County and 64-18 over New Hope. The Wildcats fell 52-21 to defending state champion Arab, the region champion and meet host.
“We wrestled well early,” Staton said, “but I was a little disappointed in how we wrestled against Arab. I just felt like we didn’t wrestle to our potential in some spots.”
Scottsboro’s John McAlpin (126- and 132-pound weight classes), Kolton Clark (170) and Bradford Womack (285) all went 4-0 during the region meet while Mason McKenzie was 3-0. Jordan Porter (120), Conner Calfee (152), Damian Ramirez (160) and Caleb Anderson (220) all recorded three wins while Aaron Clark (126), Maji Billingsley (182) and Sean McAlpin (195) each posted two wins.
Next up for Scottsboro is the Scott Rohrer Invitational at Hoover on Friday and Saturday. It’s a traditional-style format tournament that features pool play wrestling Friday night before the wrestlers are seeded into brackets for tournament play on Saturday.
“A lot of teams from Louisiana and Florida come to that tournament. It’s an opportunity for us to get several matches against quality [wrestlers] you don’t normally see,” Staton said.