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In the mix

14 County wrestlers alive into 1A-4A semifinals, as many as six could vie for state titles; Ashville holds 6-point lead over Saint James, Weaver third

By East Alabama Sports Today

MONTGOMERY – Fourteen Calhoun County wrestlers in eight weight classes have reached the Class 1A-4A semifinals of the 66th AHSAA State Wrestling Championships with the possibility of three all-county state finals.

The 106, 195 and 220 divisions have county wrestlers on each side of their respective brackets and victories in the semifinals would send them to battle for titles. Three other weight classes – 145, 152, 182 – have an all-county semifinal, guaranteeing the county having a wrestler in those championship matches.

Ashville took the first-day lead heading into Saturday’s final day of competition with 82 points. The Bulldogs hold a slim six-point lead over Saint James.

Weaver was third with 65 and Cleburne County, the 1A-4A duals champion, fourth with 55. Rounding out the top 10 after the quarterfinal rounds of the winner’s division and wrestle back division were Deshler (50.5), Westminster Christian (50), Piedmont (48.5), Ranburne (48) and Saks (46).

Ashville and Saint James advanced six wrestlers to the winner’s bracket semifinals while Weaver advance five.

Ranburne heavyweight Carson Hall (24-0) had the shortest time on the mat of the first-day action needing just 15 seconds to win his quarterfinal match and 47 seconds to capture his first-round victory.

Several grapplers remain unbeaten including Weaver 152-pounder Joshua Johannson, who wrestles Ohatchee’s Matthew King in the semifinals. Cody Herrick of Cherokee County and Titus Franklin of Montgomery Catholic square off at 132 pounds with each wrestler perfect this season at 22-0.

Another battle of undefeated wrestlers is scheduled for the 160-pound semifinals between Weaver’s Cody Souder (33-0) and New Hope’s Ricky Toney (23-0), and in the 220-pound semis, Treveon Bolton of Saks (22-0) faces Montevallo’s Hunter Bass (28-0).

Class 1A/4A State Wrestling Championships
Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery 
Saturday’s Semifinal Pairings
106 pounds
Aden Davis, Saks (23-8)
vs. Braylen Corley, Saint James (24-6)
Gavin Kilgore, White Plains (21-1) vs. Anthony Lopez, Susan Moore (21-1)
113 Pounds
Marcus Wright, Westminster (26-1) vs. Camden Hamrie, Susan Moore (21-10)
Logan Hartson, Saint James (21-3) vs. Jayden Rouse, Dora (19-1)
120 Pounds
Dylan Melendez, Piedmont (41-1)
vs. Anthony Champion, Cleburne County (26-6) 
Tennison Norton, Saint James (30-1) vs. Jack Voneschembach, St. John Paul II (23-5)
126 Pounds
Joseph Rodriguez, Montgomery Catholic (19-3) vs. Nathan Boone, Ranburne (14-1)
Granger Hicks, Saint James (22-2) Luke Richman, Westminster Christian (26-1)
132 Pounds
Cody Herrick, Cherokee County (22-0) vs. Titus Franklin, Montgomery Catholic (22-0)
Nathan Deaton, Deshler (29-2) vs. Walter Allen, New Hope (23-2)
138 Pounds
Brendan Steder, Westminster Christian (15-4) vs. River Scruggs, American Christian (22-0)
Andrew Gil, Houston Academy (22-2 vs. David Herrick, Cherokee County (20-4)
145 Pounds
Jaylen Thomas, White Plains (20-0) vs. JT Weathington, Ohatchee (25-5)

Xander Stewart, Dora (15-2) vs. John Lexin Caldwell, Ranburne (16-5)
152 Pounds
Joshua Johannson, Weaver (32-0) vs. Matthew King, Ohatchee (26-4)

Justin Autry, Ashville (18-3) vs. Blain Hines, Beulah (14-1) 
160 Pounds
Cody Souder, Weaver (33-0)
vs. Ricky Toney, New Hope (23-0)
Tylor Cornwell, Ranburne (20-3) vs. Jabe Burgess, Ashville (26-5)
170 Pounds
Cade Atkins, Westminster Christian (27-2) vs. Clayton Craft, Saint James (27-3)
Taylor Robinson, Thomasville (16-4) Dylan Harris, Ashville (30-1)
182 Pounds
Devin Anderson, Weaver (27-0) vs. Jalon Helm, Piedmont (41-4)
Devon Jeffreys, Deshler (22-3) vs. Luke Harris, Ashville (30-1)
195 Pounds
Troy Galloway, Ohatchee (30-0)
vs. Labrian Ponds, Reeltown (19-3)
Hunter Sallee, Pleasant Valley (20-3) vs. Zachary Salter, Cleburne County (27-6)
220 Pounds
Treveon Bolton, Saks (22-0)
vs. Hunter Bass, Montevallo (28-0)
Jacob Ebner, Ashville (27-4) vs. Taylor Thompson, Weaver (21-9)
285 Pounds
Carson Hall, Ranburne (24-0) vs. Mason Wilson, Ashville (24-7)
Nicholas Calderon, Susan Moore (15-1) vs. Cole Dennis, Montevallo (26-2)

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