Arab With Big Lead in 6A After Day One at State Wrestling Meet

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Huntsville, Ala. - (AHSAA) Arab built a resounding lead in Class 6A and Leeds held a slim 5.5-point margin in the Class 1A-5A after day one of the AHSAA State Wrestling Championships at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center Thursday.

The Green Wave scored 68.5 points with Madison County second with 63. Rounding out the Top 10 were Ohatchee (49), St. James (47.5), Cleburne County (46), Weaver (45), Dora (41), Hayden (38.5), Helena (36) and Fultondale (30).

Arab’s Knights, the Class 5A state champion in 2014, almost doubled their competition, posting 119 points to No. 2 Southside-Gadsden’s 67. Rounding out the Class 6A Top 10 in opening day action were Oxford (61), Muscle Shoals (51), Hartselle (48), Homewood (48), Athens (42.5), Benjamin Russell (39), Pinson Valley (36.5) and Scottsboro (32).

Action begins Friday morning with weigh-in at 8 a.m., followed by Class 1A-5A and 6A consolation round two and Class 7A quarterfinals.

Muscle Shoals senior Arick Shankles cruised to two easy wins at 113 pounds by pinning both opponents in 19 seconds and 1:05, respectively, to improve to 46-0 on the season. The three-time state champion improved his current winning streak to 108 dating back to December of 2013.

Zachary Van alst of Montgomery Catholic rolled to two easy victories in the Class 1A-5A 120-pound division. He pinned his first opponent in 1:24 and then scored a 15-2 major decision in his second-round match.

Both unbeaten wrestlers advanced to Friday’s semifinals.

Class 7A, featured for the first time in the 60th annual AHSAA state meet, will be competing for the first time today with four-time 6A state champion Thompson heading the field.

Complete live results are available using the wrestling link at

The NFHS Network will live-stream all finals on Saturday.  The link is:

Courtesy: AHSAA Media

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