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Inflicting Payne

Alexandria junior finally takes his shot, scores a pin, hands Valley Cubs victory over Southside-Gadsden

Alexandria heavyweight Skyler Payne (R) works to take down Southside's Luke Chappell in the run-up to pinning him in their decisive match. (Photo by Angela Trapp)

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

After two years of coaxing and prodding the light bulb finally went on for Skyler Payne and all of a sudden the future around Alexandria's wrestling program looks brighter.

Payne had been reluctant to take his shot as he feels his way through a new sport despite his coaches’ best efforts to get the junior heavyweight to come out of his shell.

Well, he finally took the initiative Wednesday at a most opportune time and it paid off in a third-period pin that gave the Valley Cubs a 36-32 win over 2017 Class 6A state runnerup and future region rival Southside.

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