The Scottsboro wrestling team is in the mode of getting postseason ready.
Saturday’s results showed the Wildcats are making progress toward that objective.
Scottsboro wrestlers captured one weight class championship and had four top-five finishes in all during the Mountain Brook Invitational.
As for the team standings, Scottsboro finished sixth with 81 points. Huntsville (272.5) won the team title while Mountain Brook was second (164.5), Chelsea third (154), Spain Park fourth (136) and Thompson fifth (87).
“Our guys are working to get better,” said Scottsboro head coach Chris Staton. “We’re small in varsity numbers this year, we’re young, but these guys are continuing to improve.”
Sophomore Kolby Clark (19-7) won the Invitational’s 285-pound weight class championship with a perfect 3-0 mark. Clark won all three of his matches via pin, including his victory over Vestavia Hills’ Mitch Taylor in 1:09 in the championship match.
“He’s coming along and getting better,” Staton said of Clark. “He’s wrestling at around 230 (pounds), so he’s giving up weight in most all of his matches. He’s learning and he’s making adjustments. He’s putting it all together.”
Sophomore Clinton Stewart (27-4) finished third in the 126-pound weight class after going 4-1 with four pins in the tournament. After losing a 10-9 decision to Mountain Brook’s Coleman Bates in the 126 semifinals, Stewart rebounded to pin Mountain Brook’s Harrison England in the consolation semifinals and Spain Park’s Fischer Harrison in the third-place match.
Mason McKenzie (18-8) went 3-1 with three pins while finishing fifth at 106. He pinned Chelsea’s Tyler Rayford in 13 seconds in the 106 fifth-place match.
Lucas Bellomy (12-10) also posted a fifth-place finish after going 4-1 with three pins at 220. Bellomy won an 8-7 decision over Gadsden City’s Rashad Johnson.
“Lucas is another guy who is undersized now but is going to grow into that weight class,” Staton said. “It’s been a learning experience for him but he’s improving.”
Also for Scottsboro, Russell Proctor (25-5) finished 3-1 with two pins at 154 while Keegan Travis was 1-2 at 162 and Aaron Clark was 0-2 at 147.
Scottsboro closes the regular season tonight with a dual match at Fort Payne at 5:30 p.m. The Wildcats will then compete in the Class 1A-5A North Super Section at the Birmingham Crossplex’s Bill Harris Arena Feb. 7-8.