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Title town bound

6A Oxford, 1A-5A Ranburne win respective duals semifinals, will vie for state titles Friday

The Oxford bench erupts after heavyweight Kobe Shumaker’s pin clinched the match against Wetumpka sending the Yellow Jackets to the state duals title match. (Photo by B.J. Franklin)

AHSAA Wrestling Duals Tournament
Semifinal Results

Tuesday’s semifinals

Ranburne 42, Saint James 36
Arab 42, Alexandria 22
Oxford 53, Wetumpka 25
Gardendale 53, Hartselle 15
Wednesday’s semifinals

Oak Mountain at Thompson
Vestavia Hills vs. Huntsville

Friday’s Championship Matches
Ben Harris Arena, Birmingham CrossPlex
Class 1A-5A
Arab vs. Ranburne, 6 p.m.
Class 6A

Oxford vs. Gardendale, 6 p.m.
Class 7A Finals
Oak Mountain-Thompson winner vs. Vestavia Hills-Huntsville winner, 6 p.m.
By East Alabama Sports Today
Defending champion Oxford and Ranburne will heading to AHSAA State Duals championship matches after winning semifinal matches Tuesday night.
Oxford overtook Wetumpka 53-25 and will meet Gardendale for the Class 6A title Friday at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Ranburne edged Saint James 42-36 and will vie for the Class 1A-5A crown against Arab, a 42-22 winner over Alexandria.
“It feels just as sweet as the first time I made it to the finals with the team,” Oxford 160 Reed Hill said. “Nothing’s changed since the first time. We just went in there and stuck to our game plan and took care of business.”
Oxford coach Kyle Routon described the match as a “tough one.” The Yellow Jackets won nine matches in punching its ticket to the title match. Kobe Shumaker clinched it with his pin at heavyweight.
Ranburne lost the first two bouts in its match, then scored pins in each of the next six matches.
Arab handed Alexandria its first dual match loss of the season.
To see a photo gallery from the Oxford match, click the following link: www.bjfranklin.smugmug.com

Oxford’s Chase Hicks has opponent Kyler Adams in a tough spot during their 140 match. (Photo by B.J. Franklin)

134: Dawson Tadlock (W) pinned Rodderick Jemison, 0:19
140: Chase Hicks (O) dec. Kyler Adams, 4-3
147: Kendrick Young (O) dec. Tyler Anthony, 4-2
154: Jacob Chisolm (O) over Christian Preston, inj. (0:20)
162: Tristen Latham (O) maj. dec. over Trent Blankenship, 9-0
172: Reed Hill (O) pinned James Decoff, 1:09
184: Mason Blackwell (W) maj. dec. over Octavius Adair, 9-1
197: Payton Ratliff (O) won by forfeit
222: Chaceton Holifield (O) dec. Abe Preston, SV-1 6-5
287: Kobe Shumaker (O) pinned Jacob Strickland, 1:09
106: Chad Strickland (W) pinned Zachary Follett, 3:05
115: Kaleb Shelton ()) pinned Mason Dickey, 2:48
122: Xander McWilliams (W) maj. dec. over Michael Howell, 9-1
128: Jay Nowden (W) pinned Kash Hornsby, 1:22
147: Cole Formby (S) dec. Jared McGinnis, 10-4
154: Gabe Robbins (S) pinned Johnston Smith, 1:01
162: Spencer Jordan (R) pinned Clayton Craft, 0:38
172: Damon Calhoun (R) pinned Owen Penney, 2:59
184: Jeremiah McCord (R) pinned Matt Prater, 5:05
197: Christian Smith (R) pinned Khalid Jackson, 0:10
222: Carson Hall (R) pinned Bennett, 2:53
287: Ben Buchanan (R) pinned Taylor Penney, 1:28
106: Logan Hartson (S) pinned Braden Driver, 1:44
115: Pruitt Conner (S) pinned Hate Merrill, 0:41
122: Tennison Norton (S) pinned Brant Lovvorn, 1:30
128: Granger Hicks (S) pinned Zack Buchanan, 4:33
134: Jake Huff (S) dec. John Lexin Caldwell, 8-5
140: Hunter Hollis (R) won by forfeit.
184: Christian Eaton (Ar) pinned Jackson Primm
197: Sam Atchley (Ar) dec. Connor Hall, 10-4
222: Caley McCulley (Al) dec. Xander Shipp, 7-3
287: Skylar Rodgers (Ar) pinned Juddson Cromer, 0:47
108: Cabe Dunn (Ar) dec. Preston Jones, 6-0
115: Jacob Holland (Ar) pinned Kaden Deline, 0:54
122: Kaleb Mathews (Al) pinned Austin Silva, 3:09
128: Joseph Lomax (Al) dec. Dakoda Long, 9-3
134: Joshua Roe (Ar) dec. Aden Whittaker, 11-10
140: Jaden New (Al) maj. dec. over Patrick Lawler, 11-1
147: Dakota Medders (Al) pinned Kaaden King, 5:23
154: Michael Myslinski (Ar) dec. Connor Norris, 6-4
162: Caleb Roe (A) pinned Donovan Lomax, 2:46
172: Ryan Morelaan (A) pinned Jason Howard, 2:13

Oxford’s Tristan Latham tries to get 162 opponent Trent Blankenship on his back. Latham won a major decision that extended the Jackets’ lead. (Photo by B.J. Franklin)

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