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Cleburne County wins team title at Golden Bear Classic, Alexandria's Knop named most outstanding wrestler

Alexandria junior Christian Knop (R) is all smiles after receiving the Golden Bear Classic most valuable wrestle award from Lincoln coach Skylar Mansfield.

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

LINCOLN – Alexandria junior Christian Knop and Cleburne County coach Rusty Mayfield both have high expectations this year and got their seasons off to good starts Saturday when they all grabbed headlines at the Lincoln Golden Bear Classic.

Knop, a two-time reigning state champion who hasn’t lost a high school match since the 2015 state championship tournament, won the 195 title and was voted the tournament’s Most Valuable Wrestler. Cleburne County won the team title with 260.5 points. Alexandria was second with 233 points.

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