Susan Moore and Hayden place sixth in state tournament

Blount County was well represented at the state high school wrestling tournament last week with both Hayden and Susan Moore (1A-4A) bringing home sixth-place finishes.

-special Susan Moore's Dylan Bishop (black tights) battles Walter Wellborn's Dalton Carroll in the 140-pound championship match.

-special Susan Moore’s Dylan Bishop (black tights) battles Walter Wellborn’s Dalton Carroll in the 140-pound championship match.

Individually, Hayden’s Brandon Buchanan and Tyler Newton won state titles.

Buchanan pinned all three of his opponents at 140 pounds. He pinned Springville’s Mac Kilpatrick in just 16 seconds in the first round and then needed just 1:47 to pin Scottsboro’s Chase McClure in the semifinals.

In the finals, Southside-Gadsden’s Brannon Estes lasted 2:44 before Buchanan pinned him for the title. Buchanan finished the year with a record of 54-4.

Hayden’s Tyler Newton won the 160 pound title. Newton pinned Springville’s Justin Ferguson in the first round and won a majority decision (18-7) over Chilton County’s Colby Bernier in the semifinals. The championship match was close but Newton pulled out a 10-8 decision over Southside- Gadsden’s Dakota Isbell.

Newton finished the year with a mark of 36-6.

Two wrestlers won second-place honors: Hayden’s Trey Howse, 112 pounds; and Susan Moore’s Dylan Bishop, 140 pounds.

Susan Moore’s Phillip McEvoy (171 pounds) and Cody Self (189 pounds) finished third with each scoring pins in their final match.

Final team standings

1. Southside-Gadsden 153 points
2. Arab 127.5
3. Tallassee 125
4. Fort Payne 123.5
5. Scottsboro 85
6. Hayden 70
7. Mortimer Jordan 61
8. Brookwood 59
9. Erwin 34
10. McAdory 20
1. Walter Welborn 127
2. Oak Grove 108.5
3. Piedmont 104
4. Cleburne County 61
5. St. Clair County 54
6. Susan Moore 53
7. St. James 47
8. Fultondale 42
9. Ala. School/Blind 33.5
10. Dora 33