Tournament champions

The Scottsboro wrestling team won the Gardner-Dyer Invitational in Tullahoma, Tennessee on Saturday. Team members kneeling (left to right) are Russell Proctor, Mason McKenzie, Jordan Porter and Clinton Stewart. Standing are Scottsboro assistant coach Jared Stephenson, Damian Ramirez, Tre Billingsley, Kolton Clark, Connor Calfee, Caleb Anderson, Levi Hall and Scottsboro head coach Chris Staton.


The Scottsboro wrestling team came back to Alabama from an out-of-state tournament with a championship trophy.

The Wildcats had eight wrestlers record Top-3 finishes en route to winning the Garner-Dyer Invitational at Tullahoma (Tennessee) High School on Saturday.

“It was good to get a win,” said Scottsboro head coach Chris Staton. “It’s a confidence boost that even thought we’ve got some spots (in the lineup missing), in a traditional tournament setting against quality opponents we can (win) because we’re going to put enough kids at the top.”

Scottsboro senior Kolton Clark won a tournament championship in the 182-pound weight class for a second straight week. Clark, who is 13-0 on the season, went 3-0 during the tournament with three pins.

Meanwhile, Scottsboro’s Clinton Stewart (10-4) at 113 pounds, Damian Ramirez (13-1) at 170, Caleb Anderson (9-4) at 220 and Levi Hall (13-2) at 285 all posted runner-up finishes while Mason McKenzie (13-6) at 106, Conner Calfee (13-2) at 160 and Tre Billinglsley (10-4) each finished third. Also, Jordan Porter went 2-2 at 126 and Russell Proctor went 2-2 at 132.

Scottsboro finished with a tournament-best 24 total pins.“We led the tournament, and those bonus points are huge,” Staton said. “That’s something we’ve definitely got to be able to do in the kind of tournaments.”


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