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Huntsville Impressive in Class 7A Duals Wrestling Finals Victory over Smiths Station

BIRMINGHAM – Smiths Station’s Kylan Pace opened the Class 7A Duals Wrestling championship with a 12-6 victory over Huntsville High’s Daniel Bennett at 170 pounds, staking the Panthers to earn early 3-0 lead. It didn’t last.
     The Crimson Panthers reeled off six individual wins in a row and steamrolled to a 59-6 victory over Smiths Station to capture the 2023 Class 7A Duals title on Friday at Bill Harris Arena at the Birmingham CrossPlex. It’s the first Duals crown for Huntsville, coached by Patrick Harris, and ended Thompson’s four-year duals reign after beating the Warriors in the semifinals
     “This is a cap to how we’ve been working for the last seven years to get to this spot,” Harris said.
     Huntsville won its first state wrestling championship, having previously finished third “years ago,” Harris said, in the traditional state tournament. The Panthers also advanced to the Duals final for the first time this season.
     Dalton Wood started Huntsville’s six-match streak by pinning Smiths Station’s Erik Short in the 182-pound weight class. Griffin McKinney (195 pounds), Todd Whitmire (222 pounds) and Kiyon Simon (106 pounds) won by decision, while Bradley Wilbourn (285 pounds) and Wallace Blue (113 pounds) earned pinfall wins.
     After Smiths Station’s Tommy Luttrell earned a 6-0 decision at 120 pounds, Huntsville ended the match with six more individual match wins, including three straight pins by Brock Fields at 145 pounds, Noah Gross at 152 pounds and John McKinney at 160 pounds.
     “They were fun to watch,” Harris said. “We were very physical and showed good sportsmanship, and it reflected well on the school and the community really well.”
     Smiths Station, coached by Tommy Sanders, also made its first appearance in the duals championship round.
     In the consolation match, Thompson defeated Enterprise 68-3. The Warriors, coached by Shawn Weltzin, recorded eight pins – Will Atkinson (106 pounds), Kiowa Vines (132 pounds), Nick Dempsey (138 pounds), Parker Edmondson (145 pounds), Paxton Miller (160 pounds), Nathan Black (182 pounds), Avery Clark (220 pounds) and Dylon Marquess (285 pounds).
     For Enterprise, coached by Willie Fells, 126-pounder Grier Hunt won for the Wildcats’ only individual match victory.
     The AHSAA Wrestling Duals Championships continued Friday with Class 1A/4A and Class 5A duals finals and consolation matches remaining. Sparkman also won the AHSAA Girls’ Wrestling Tournament Friday.
    All matches are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform.


Huntsville (28-0) 59, Smiths Station (22-4) 6

Thompson (25-10) 68, Enterprise (22-4) 3


Mountain Brook (14-4) 32, Mortimer Jordan (31-3) 27

Hartselle (17-2) 36, Wetumpka (14-3) 35


Jasper vs. Tallassee, at Bill Harris Arena, Friday, Jan. 20, 5:30 p.m.

Hayden vs. Wetumpka, at Bill Harris Arena, Friday, Jan. 20, 5:30 p.m.


Dora (32-2) vs. Ranburne (23-2), at Bill Harris Arena, Friday, Jan. 20, 3:15 p.m.

New Hope (13-1) vs. Saint James (17-3), at Bill Harris Arena, Friday, Jan. 20, 3:15 p.m.

AHSAA Wrestling Duals Finals
Class 7A Championship Match
Huntsville (28-0) 59, Smiths Station (22-4) 6

106 pounds: Kiyan Simon, Huntsville dec. Eli Sanders, Smiths Station, Maj Dec 17-4.
113 pounds: 
Wallace Blue, Huntsville pinned Dustin Dunbar, Smiths Station, Fall 4:20.
120 pounds: 
Timothy Luttrell, Smiths Station dec. Jack Carter, Huntsville, 6-0.
126 pounds: 
Joseph Sowell, Huntsville dec. Jaden Sanford, Smiths Station, 6-1.
132 pounds: Yanik Simon, Huntsville pinned Craig Harris, Smiths Station, Fall 1:57.
138 pounds: Jake Ciccolrella, Huntsville dec. Bryson McDonald, Smiths Ststion, MAJ Dec 16-6.

145 pounds: Brock Fields, Huntsville pinned Andrew Bryant, Smiths Station, Fall 1:18.
152 pounds: 
Noah Gross, Huntsville pinned Al Williams, Smiths Station, Fall 0:30.
160 pounds: John McKinney, Huntsville pinned Nathaniel Jarmon, Smiths Station, Fall 1:48.
170 pounds: 
Kylan Pace, Smiths Station dec. Daniel Bennett, Huntsville, 12-6.
182 pounds: 
Dalton Wood, Huntsville pinned Erik Short, Smiths Station, Fall 2:00.
195 pounds: 
Griffin McKinney, Huntsville dec. Robert Sanborn, Smiths Station,TB-1 6-4.
220 pounds: 
Todd Whitmire, Huntsville dec. Lance Peterson, Smiths Station, 5-2.
285 pounds: 
Bradley Wilburn, Huntsville pinned Ken Felder, Smiths Station, Fall 0:43.

Class 7A Consolation Match
Thompson (25-10) 68, Enterprise (22-4) 3 

106 pounds: Will Arkinson, Thompson pinned Karter Stiffler, Enterprise, Fall 0:25.
113 pounds: 
Caleb Gray-Lowe, Thompson dec. Paxton Hanshaw, Enterprise, Maj. Dec 14-2.
120 pounds: 
Thomas Giere, Thompson dec. Kameron Stiffler, Enterprise, Maj. Dec 10-2.
126 pounds: 
Grier Hunt, Enterprise dec. Jordan Weltzin, Thompson, 2-0.
132 pounds: 
Kiowa Vines, Thompson pinned Samuel Bright, Enterprise, Fall 4:23.
138 pounds: 
Nick Dempsey, Thompson pinned Konner Galvez, Enterprise, Fall 0:46.
145 pounds: 
Parker Edmondson, Thompson pinned Kaemon Smith, Enterprise, Fall 1:45.
152 pounds: 
Devin Stone, Thompson dec. Cody Kirk, Enterprise, TB-1 7-4.
160 pounds: 
Paxton Miller, Thompson pinned Samuel Lynon, Enterprise, Fall 4:21.
170 pounds: 
Carson Freeman, Thompson dec. Kody Sigmon, Enterprise, Maj Dec 15-1. 
182 pounds: 
Nathan Black, Thompson pinned Brandon Bethea, Enterprise, Fall 1:19.
195 pounds: 
Barron Criddle, Thompson dec. Marcus Holder, Enterprise, Tech Fall 16-0.
220 pounds:
 Avery Clark, Thompson pinned Xavier Henderson, Enterprise, Fall 1:32.
285 pounds: 
Dylan Marquess, Thompson won by forfeit

Class 6A Championship Match
Mountain Brook (14-4) 32, Mortimer Jordan (31-3) 27

106 pounds: Wyatt Chavez, Mountain Brook dec. Amonte Fleming, Mortimer Jordan, Mag. Dec 10-2.
113 pounds: 
Caleb Wright, Mortimer Jordan dec. Stephen Springfield, Mountain Brook, 9-4.
120 pounds: 
Aiden Morris, Mortimer Jordan dec. Christopher Brown, Mountain Brook, 6-2.
126 pounds: 
Brodie Christmas, Mortimer Jordan dec. Douglas Johnson, Mountain Brook, 7-6.
132 pounds: 
Cruz Rainwater, Mortimer Jordan pinned Bill Bradford, Mountain Brook, Fall 1:14.
138 pounds: 
Nathan McCain, Mountain Brook dec. John Leon, Mortimer Jordan, 5-3.
145 pounds: Caden Todoroff, Mortimer Jordan pinned Stuart Andrews, Mountain Brook, Fall 1:34.
152 pounds: 
Jacob Horton, Mortimer Jordan dec. Coleman Bates, Mountain Brook, 4-2.
160 pounds: Judd Smith, Mountain Brook dec. Gavin Friese, Mortimer Jordan, 8-2.
170 pounds: Conner Horton, Mortimer Jordan dec. Sam Carroll, Mountain Brook, 7-3.
182 pounds: 
Jack Windle, Mountain Brook dec. Weston Tossie, Mortimer Jordan, 13-1 MAJ dec.
195 pounds: 
Allen Baker, Mountain Brook pinned Terrence Bowie, Mortimer Jordan, Fall 2:59
220 pounds: William Courtenay, Mountain Brook pinned Jacob Anderson, Mortimer Jordan, Fall 1:00. 
285 pounds: Malik Barfield, Mortimer Jordan vs. Daniel Ellis, Mountain Brook

Class 6A Championship Consolation Match
Hartselle (17-2) 36, Wetumpka (14-3) 35 

106 pounds: Jacob DoshierHartselle pinned Eli Walsh, Wetumpka, Fall 0:56.
113 pounds: Ramon Lozada, Wetumpka) dec. Jackson Schutt Hartselle7-0.
120 pounds: Roman McWilliams, Wetumpka dec. Ethan ThorneHartselleTech Fall 16-0
126 pounds: 
Gage Roberts, Hartselle pinned Troy Watson Wetumpka),  Fall 0:52.
132 pounds: 
Lincoln BryantHartselle won by forfeit
138 pounds: Tyler Mann, Wetumpka dec. Ethan England, Hartselle, 5-1
145 pounds: 
Chad Strickland, Wetumpka won by forfeit
152 pounds: Payton RobertsHartselle dec. Zach Crostwait, Wetumpka, 8-5.
160 pounds: Gage Ownby, Hartselle pinned Melvin Owens, WetumpkaFall 3:50.
170 pounds: Andrii Tymchenko, Hartselle pinned Eduardo Roblero, Wetumpka), Fall 1:58.
182 pounds: Jameson FalcianiHartselle dec. Kaleb Robinson, Wetumpka, 8-1.
195 pounds: Jason Henegar, Wetumpka pinned Sam Ashley, HartselleFall 2:31.
220 pounds
: Christian Preston, Wetumpka pinned Brian Holt, HartselleFall 1:52.
285 pounds: Willie Cox, Wetumpka pinned Brayden Huckabee, HartselleFall 2:45. 


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