Three Scottsboro wrestlers will wrestle for state championships today.
Damian Ramirez, Kolton Clark and Caleb Anderson will compete in their respective weight classes state championship matches today during the Class 1A-5A AHSAA State Wrestling Championships at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.
Ramirez advanced to the 170-pound final with a 10-2 major decision win in Friday’s semifinals while Clark got to the 182 final and Anderson to the 220 final with semifinal-match pinfall victories.
The state championship matches begin today at 11:30 a.m.
Ramirez (37-3) wrestles St. John Paul II’s Gerrard McCarron (35-2) in the 170 finals, Clark (35-1) — the senior is trying for his third career state title — faces Tallasee’s Andy Baker (24-1) in the 182-title match and Anderson (31-6) wrestles Skyler Mizzell (58-4) in the 220 final.
McCarron defeated Ramirez by an 11-8 decision in the 170 final at last weekend’s Class 1A-5A North Super Section while Anderson and defeated Mizzell by a 4-3 decision in the North Super Section’s 220 final. The 182 state-title match is pits the North Super Section 182 champion against the South Super Section 182 champion.
Two Scottsboro wrestlers suffered setbacks in their respective weight classes semifinal Friday afternoon.
Scottsboro’s Bradford Womack (17-2), the defending 1A-5A 285-pound state champion, dropped a 4-3 decision to Mortimer Jordan’s Michael Barnes.
Conner Calfee (29-5) suffered a 10-0 major decision lost to Hayden’s Colby Hallmark in the 160 semifinals.
Womack and Calfee were set to wrestle again Friday in the consolation rounds with still a chance to medal in their respective weight classes.
In the consolation bracket, Scottsboro’s Mason McKenzie entered late Friday still in medal contention. After an opening round win followed by a quarterfinal setback, McKenzie won second-round consolation match Friday morning with a pin in just 49 seconds.
Meanwhile, Clinton Stewart opened the tournament with a win but suffered a quarterfinal round loss and a second-round consolation setback to finish 1-2 in the 113 division. Tre Billingsley rebounded from an opening loss to win a Round 1 consolation match before falling in Round 2 to finish 1-2 at 195. Tanner Shelton finished 0-2 at 152.
At the close of Friday afternoon’s championship semifinal round, Moody led the team title standings with 129 points. Arab was second with 106, Scottsboro third with 103 and Alexandria fourth with 80.