It’s been a rebuilding year team wise for the tradition-rich Scottsboro wrestling program.
But Scottsboro will still have an opportunity to bring home championship gold from the state tournament.
Scottsboro wrestlers Mason McKenzie, Clinton Stewart, Russell Proctor and Kolby Clark will wrestle in the 2020 AHSAA Wrestling Championships this weekend after qualifying for state at last week’s North Super Section.
The 2020 AHSAA State Wrestling Championships begin today and run through Saturday at the Von Braun Center’s Propst Arena in Huntsville. Admission is $10 per day.
Wrestling begins today at noon and continues through the of the championship matches, which are set to begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Clark (24-8) finished second in the 285-pound weight class at the sectional tournament while Stewart (32-6) was fourth at 126 and McKenzie (22-11) and Proctor (29-7) were fifth at 106 and 152 respectively.
In the opening round, McKenzie wrestles South Super Section 106 fourth-place finisher Elmore County’s Ramon Lozada (38-7), Stewart wrestles South Super Section 126 fifth-place finisher Montgomery Catholic’s Titus Franklin (20-12), Proctor wrestles South Super Section 152 fourth-place finisher Beulah’s Blain Hines (29-8) and Clark wrestles South Super Section seventh-place finisher Alexandria’s Juddson Cromer (41-18).
Scottsboro head coach Chris Staton said his wrestlers must go wrestle pressure free at the state tournament.
“They just have to make a decision that they’re going to battle every match, not be intimidated by a name on a bracket, and approach each match the same and just let it fly,” Staton said.