E.A. Sports Today

Tigers’ Mayfield takes top honors

Cleburne Co. soph outstanding wrestler in ‘Rumble,’ Alexandria finishes strong in Hayden, Oxford fourth in Hoover

Ohatchee's Jimmy Wilson (white) gets Weaver's Nick Souder in a bad position during their 106-pound title bout in Heflin Saturday, but Souder bounced back to pin his opponent. On the cover, Cleburne County's Tyler Mayfield displays his 152 champions medal and the trophy for being named outstanding wrestler of the Rumble in the Jungle.

Ohatchee’s Jimmy Wilson (white) gets Weaver’s Nick Souder in a bad position during their 106-pound title bout in Heflin Saturday, but Souder bounced back to pin his opponent. On the cover, Cleburne County’s Tyler Mayfield displays his 152 champions medal and the trophy for being named outstanding wrestler of the Rumble in the Jungle.

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

HEFLIN — Tyler Mayfield had come so close so many times to winning his weight class in his team’s own wrestling tournament without any joy he was starting to wonder if it were ever going to happen.

It happened Saturday, and in a big way.

He not only did the Cleburne County sophomore win his class in the Rumble in the Jungle, he also was voted by the coaches the outstanding wrestler of the meet.

Mayfield completed a four-match sweep to the 152-pound title with an 18-4 major decision over Austin Foote of Madison County. He won his other three bouts by fall, running his season record to 15-1.

“That was cool because it was my first time ever winning it,” Mayfield said. “Getting this (most valuable wrestler award) makes it even more sweeter.

“I’m just proud I could perform for my home crowd and I look forward to doing it the next two years.”

Mayfield had won tournaments in Moody and Weaver earlier this season. He had been a finalist in his home tournament twice in his previous three years on the mat, but lost both by decision.

His Cleburne County teammate Alex Sandmann came close to joining him on the winner’s stand, but lost in the 220-pound final by ultimate tiebreaker. Still, his bout with Jeruel Hunter of Central-Phenix City was voted as the match of the meet.

“That was the toughest match I’ve ever wrestled in my life,” said Sandmann said, who figured he gave up 12 pounds to the Central senior. “At that point (in the tiebreaker) it’s all or nothing at all. I really don’t feel like I lost. Neither one of us should have after a match like that.”

For the second time in less than a week, Scott Peavey brought his Madison County team back to his old stomping grounds and returned home a champion. The Tigers, who won the Valley Cub Invitational on Monday, won the team title here by five points over Smiths Station. Central-Phenix City was third, followed by Weaver and Cleburne County.

The champions had two winners, two seconds and three thirds.

“It’s nice to come back home,” said Peavey, the former Wellborn football and wrestling coach. “We brought nine kids, didn’t think we had a chance and they wrestled their hearts out; what else can we ask for?”

Weaver’s Nick Souder (106) and Caleb Allison (285) were the only Calhoun County wrestlers to win titles. Souder beat Ohatchee’s Jimmy Young in his final, while Allison beat Piedmont’s Jamie Crutcher, who handed Ohatchee’s Hunter Barclay his first loss of the season earlier in the day.

Cubs bounce back in Hayden

HAYDEN – Alexandria bounced back with two wins on the second day of the Chris Nunn Duals, including one over a team that beat it the day before.

The Valley Cubs lost to Mortimer Jordan in their final match of pool play 44-21, then defeated 6A Center Point 28-12 and Oak Grove 36-24. They lost to Oak Grove on Friday.

“They just didn’t give up,” Alexandria coach Frank Hartzog said. “They went out there and wrestled hard the matches we had.”

Fletcher Swindall and Lane Trapp both posted 7-0 records in the tournament. Anthony Knop (152) scored the most impressive victory of the day when he beat Center Point’s Nic Starks with an escape in the final 15 seconds of double overtime.

“That was awesome,” Hartzog said. “His brother (Christian) usually gets the attention … so it was exciting to see him get that win and basically seal it up so we won. He forced the action.”

King, Lee lead Oxford fourth in Hoover

HOOVER – Matt King (145) and Hunter Lee (182) both finished first in their respective weight divisions in title bouts that could be potential state championship matchups and helped Oxford place fourth in the Scott Rohrer Invitational.

King’s 9-6 double-overtime win over Southside’s Noah Bradford was voted the tournament’s best match. Lee defeated Ryan Grider of Scottsboro 11-4.

Hayden Carpenter (113), Mason Blakeney (120) and Jacob Shake (160) all finished second in their divisions. Wesley Slick (106) finished third.

Vestavia Hills won the event.


Team Scores: Vestavia Hills 807, Catholic (La.) 699, Hoover 589, Oxford 492, Benjamin Russell 464, Whitewater (Ga.) 440, Southside 439, Huntsville 428, Tuscaloosa County 415, Prattville 370, Gardendale 353, Scottsboro 303, Pell City 234, Spain Park 224, Opelika 128.

108 Results
Championship Match: Jacob Smith (Southside) 31-0, So. over Patterson Huff (Hoover) 31-7, So. (Dec 7-2).
Consolation Match: Wesley Slick (Oxford) 23-12, 8th. over Mack Boackle (Gardendale) 17-6, Jr. (Dec 7-4).

115 Results
Championship Match: Carlos Andres (Tuscaloosa County) 36-0, Jr. over Hayden Carpenter (Oxford) 26-8, Sr. (TF-1.5 4:59 (16-0)).
Consolation Match: Cameron Carpenter (Catholic) 20-5, So. over Gage Camp (Hoover) 20-10, So. (Forf.).

122 Results
Championship Match: Quin Estes (Vestavia Hills) 37-8, Jr. over Mason Blakeney (Oxford) 14-3, Sr. (MD 9-0).
Consolation Match: Dominic Dewey (Catholic) 7-3, Sr. over Max Anderson (Huntsville) 30-12, Jr. (MD 15-1).

128 Results
Championship Match: Joshua Matthews (Catholic) 23-4, Sr. over Max Hopkins (Vestavia Hills) 29-9, Sr. (Dec 3-2).
3rd Place Match: Spencer Haddock (Vestavia Hills) 19-8, Fr. over Corwin Russell (Hoover) 20-18, So. (Dec 6-1).

134 Results
Championship Match: Matthew augh (Vestavia Hills) 29-6, Fr. over Landon Thompson (Southside) 31-2, So. (SV-1 8-6).
Consolation Match: Jarrett Anthony (Hoover) 14-6, Jr. over Tristan Williams (Catholic) 16-5, Jr. (MD 19-9).

140 Results
Championship Match: Robbey Killough (Prattville) 36-0, Jr. over Jeremy Strong (Vestavia Hills) 17-8, Sr. (Fall 5:06).
Consolation Match: Mitchell Vidrine (Catholic) 26-4, Sr. over Houston Curtis (Huntsville) 28-10, So. (MD 19-8).

147 Results
Championship Match: Matt King (Oxford) 36-2, Fr. over Noah Bradford (Southside) 30-2, Jr. (TB-1 9-6).
Consolation Match: Jacob Fereday (Catholic) 21-4, Fr. over Bowman Hill (Vestavia Hills) 24-17, Fr. (Dec 11-10).

154 Results
Championship Match: Jackson Hall (Hoover) 30-2, Sr. over Matthew Mire (Catholic) 23-3, Sr. (Dec 6-4).
Consolation Match: Brett Clark (Scottsboro) 22-3, Jr. over Leon Strong (Spain Park) 19-7, Sr. (Fall 4:52).

162 Results
Championship Match: Morgan Paugh (Vestavia Hills) 16-1, Sr. over Jacob Shake (Oxford) 30-5, Sr. (Dec 6-1).
Consolation Match: Josiah Webb (Whitewater) 29-9, Sr. over Ryan Butler (Southside) 25-9, Sr. (Dec 8-5).

172 Results
Championship Match: Caden McWhirter (Prattville) 29-0, Sr. over Kade Kitchens (Southside) 32-1, Sr. (MD 17-6).
Consolation Match: George Dazzio (Vestavia Hills) 34-10, Jr. over Cole Baxter (Whitewater) 28-14, Sr. (Fall 1:10).

184 Results
Championship Match: Hunter Lee (Oxford) 36-3, Sr. over Ryan Grider (Scottsboro) 26-6, Jr. (Dec 11-4).
Consolation Match: Zachary Nelson (Vestavia Hills) 30-10, So. over Tanner Jones (Tuscaloosa County) 19-7, Sr. (Dec 6-3).

197 Results
Championship Match: Kashus Culpepper (Benjamin Russell) 28-1, Sr. over Josh Smith (Tuscaloosa County) 33-2, Jr. (Fall 5:07).
Consolation Match: Andrew Freeman (Gardendale) 20-2, So. over James Edwards (Vestavia Hills) 23-13, So. (Dec 9-4).

222 Results
Championship Match: Kevin McClure (Spain Park) 33-3, Sr. over Bret Winters (Hoover) 26-1, Jr. (Fall 2:47).
Consolation Match: McNeill Gardner (Vestavia Hills) 29-12, Sr. over Justavious Robinson (Benjamin Russell) 18-6, Jr. (DQ).

287 Results
Championship Match: Benjamin Cage (Vestavia Hills) 37-6, Sr. over Aaron Wiltz (Catholic) 6-2, Sr. (Dec 9-3).
Consolation Match: Daniel Bland (Benjamin Russell) 24-1, Jr. over Chris Lujan (Prattville) 11-4, Sr. (Dec 3-1).

At Cleburne County HS, Heflin

Team scores: Madison County 171, Smiths Station 166, Central-Phenix City 148, Weaver 142.5, Cleburne County 129, Leeds 117, Ohatchee 100, Holtville 94, Moody 90.5, St. James 76, St. Clair County 74, Lincoln 64, Saks 35.5, Piedmont 30, Ranburne 19, Beauregard 16.5

106 Results
Championship Match: Nick Souder (Weaver) 28-1, So. over Jim Wilson (Ohatchee) 30-5, 8th. (Fall 2:47).
Consolation Match: Dylan Turner (Cleburne County) 15-7, Fr. over Will Patterson (Moody) 24-10, So. (Fall 2:17).

113 Results
Championship Match: Max Kauffman (Central-Phenix City) 31-1, 8th. over Jacobb Goodwin (Smiths Station) 27-4, Jr. (MD 10-2).
Consolation Match: Brantley Mchugh (Madison County) 15-5, Fr. over Joshua Smith (Lincoln) 14-5, Sr. (Fall 1:53).

120 Results
Championship Match: Deon Morgan (Smiths Station) 23-4, Jr. over Josh Sexton (Ohatchee) 25-7, Jr. (Dec 7-3).
Consolation Match: Preston Jarrell (Cleburne County) 11-3, Fr. over Tyler Wilson (Smiths Station) 4-2. (Forf.).

126 Results
Championship Match: William Beyer (Smiths Station) 18-5, Sr. over Dawson Anderson (Leeds) 21-2, So. (Dec 10-8).
Consolation Match: Stephen White (Madison County) 17-7, 8th. over Austin Rhodes (Holtville) 12-5, Jr. (Fall 4:25).

132 Results
Championship Match: Robert Morales (Central-Phenix City) 30-5, Fr. over Z Clough (St. Clair County) 19-4, Sr. (Fall 3:48).
Consolation Match: Geoffrey Murray (St. James) 16-4, Jr. over Chandler Teems (Leeds) 6-5, Jr. (Dec 4-1).

138 Results
Championship Match: Marcus Ruffin (Smiths Station) 30-1, Sr. over Jared Monday (Moody) 26-4, Sr. (Fall 3:44).
Consolation Match: Corey Davis (Cleburne County) 13-3, Sr. over Brandon Franklin (St. Clair County) 14-11, So. (Fall 1:59).

145 Results
Championship Match: Alec Cohen (Madison County) 8-1, . over Jacob Howard (Weaver) 25-5, Sr. (MD 11-2).
Consolation Match: Will Prater (St. James) 19-5, Jr. over William White (Leeds) 14-6, Jr. (Forf.).

152 Results
Championship Match: Tyler Mayfield (Cleburne County) 15-1, So. over Austin Foote (Madison County) 10-5, Jr. (MD 18-4).
Consolation Match: Nick Baker (Holtville) 14-5, Jr. over Taylor Brown (Saks) 17-8, Jr. (Fall 3:44).

160 Results
Championship Match: Hunter Scott (Holtville) 14-0, . over Jack Peavey (Madison County) 12-4, So. (MD 16-3).
Consolation Match: Chase Boleware (Central-Phenix City) 23-11, Sr. over Drequarrin Howard (Lincoln) 13-3, Sr. (For.).

170 Results
Championship Match: Trevor Edwards (Madison County) 19-2, Sr. over Alex Nickell (Leeds) 21-3, Jr. (Fall 5:39).
Consolation Match: Jonah Williams (Smiths Station) 23-7, Sr. over Samuel Pate (Cleburne County) 16-6, So. (Fall 2:35).

182 Results
Championship Match: Brett Staggs (Moody) 34-0, Jr. over Coleman Rose (Smiths Station) 25-2, Sr. (Fall 2:48).
Consolation Match: Austin Threatt (Lincoln) 15-2, Jr. over Collin Allison (Weaver) 20-6, Jr. (Fall 4:14).

195 Results
Championship Match: Ethan Baber (Central-Phenix City) 28-3, Sr. over C Burtram (St. Clair County) 18-5, Sr. (Fall 2:50).
Consolation Match: Chase Rodgers (Weaver) 25-4, Jr. over Aj Phillips (Smiths Station) 25-12, So. (Fall 2:37).

220 Results
Championship Match: Jeruel Hunter (Central-Phenix City) 28-5, Sr. over Alex Sandmann (Cleburne County) 16-2, Sr. (UTB 3-2).
Consolation Match: Colton Parton (Madison County) 13-2, Jr. over Steven Minniefield (Ohatchee) 14-8, Sr. (Fall 2:18).

285 Results
Championship Match: Caleb Allison (Weaver) 26-3, 8th. over Jamie Crutcher (Piedmont) 19-8, Jr. (Dec 6-2).
Consolation Match: Josephus Smith (Leeds) 11-2, Jr. over Antwan Nation (Leeds) 4-2. (Forf.).

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