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.
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|
|4. Fort Payne||123.5|
|7. Mortimer Jordan||61|
|1. Walter Welborn||127|
|2. Oak Grove||108.5|
|4. Cleburne County||61|
|5. St. Clair County||54|
|6. Susan Moore||53|
|7. St. James||47|
|9. Ala. School/Blind||33.5|