The Scottsboro wrestling team started its season with a top-10 tournament finish.

The Wildcats posted a team score of 212.5 to finish 10th in the 40th annual Huntsville Invitational on Saturday at Huntsville High School.

The event featured 28 teams. Host Huntsville took the title with a team score of 438, besting runner-up Brentwood (Tennessee) by 70 points.

Scottsboro’s best finish came from Clinton Stewart in the 126-pound weight class.

Stewart went 6-1 on his way to a runner-up finish at 126. The sophomore won five matches via pin and one via decision before dropping an 8-2 decision to undefeated Zander Fields (18-0) of Huntsville in the 126 championship match.

The Wildcats also got a fourth-place finish from Mason McKenzie in the 106-pound weight class. McKenzie went 3-2 in the tournament with three wins via pin.

Two Scottsboro wrestlers recorded fifth-place finishes. Thomas Rackler posted a 5-1 record in the 120-pound weight class. Four of his victories came via pin. Meanwhile, Russell Proctor went 5-1 at 160. Proctor won three matches via pin, one via decision and one via a technical fall.

Also for Scottsboro, Kolby Clark went 5-2 and finished ninth at 285 while Lucas Bellamy went 3-3 and finished 10th at 220, Drake Holcomb went 2-4 and finished 14th at 152 and Keegan Travis went 3-4 and finished 15th at 170.

Scottsboro returns to the mat tonight in a tri-match at Fort Payne (5:30 p.m. before wrestling in the Tullahoma (Tennessee) Invitational on Saturday.

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