Arab Wins 5A Wrestling Championship
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Thompson High School won its third straight Class 6A state wrestling championship, Arab won its second Class 5A title in three years and St. James of Montgomery won its first-ever 1A-4A state crown as the 58th annual AHSAA State Wrestling Championships concluded at the Von Braun Center Saturday.
The Warriors of Coach Shawn Weltzin edged out runner-up Vestavia Hills 196 points to189 in the 6A competition. Hewitt-Trussville was third with 107.
Arab posted 144 points to claim the 5A title. Defending champion Scottsboro was second with 130 and Southside-Gadsden finished third with 104.5.
St. James totaled 107.5 points as the Trojans eased past runner-up Tallassee, which had 91. St. Clair County was third with 64.5.
Scottsboro junior Brandon Womack captured his fifth straight individual title with three pins en route to the 160-pound title in Class 5A. He finished the season 74-1 and now has a state record 345 career wins. He won last yeat at 126 pounds.
Wrestlers closing out undefeated seasons included:
Jordan Simpson, Oxford: The 132-pound champion was 50-0 winning over Demario Haynes of Thompson in the 6A finals.
Marcus Elkins, Hewitt-Trussville: Won the 6A 182-pound championship win a pin over Kevin McClure of Spain Park to finish 59-0.
John David Henderson, Arab: Earned co-MVP honors in Class 5A with Womack finishing 61-0 to claim the 126-pound championship.
Josh Epperson, Tallassee: Earned Co-MVP honors in 1A-4A won most pins award as he rolled to the 126-pound crown. He finished the season 49-0.
Hunter Scott, Holtville: Was 33-0 as he won the 160-pound title in 1A-4A.