KIMBERLY — If you're looking to get ready for a big wrestling tournament, a coach would be hard-pressed to have a better tune-up than taking on the state's top team and defending state champion.
Mortimer Jordan and Pinsin Valley did just that, coming out on the short end against top-ranked Arab, but not by much. The Arabian Knights defeated the Blue Devils 48-33, and took down the Indians 43-33 in a multi-team match at Jordan on Thursday.
Both Jordan and Pinson will be among those competeing in the Jefferson County Schools Championship, which begins Friday evening and continues through Saturday at Fultondale.
The Devils also defeated Homewood 51-30 in Thursday's action.
The Arab-Pinson match featured a particular dramatic bout at 152 pouns. The Knights' Matthew Busby had Marco Mandjano of the Tribe down by 11 points, with a 3-point near-fall waiting to be called and a technical fall looming. But Mandujano flipped Busby for a reversal, and with just seconds left, he pinned Busy for the comeback win.
Arab 43, Pinson Valley 33
106 lbs.: Andrew Schmitt, Arab, pinned Cameron Hamby, Pinson Valley. 113: Rodrigo Vasquez, Pinson Valley, pinned Clay Jones, Arab. 120: B.J. Hayes, Arab, pinned Zach Kusiak, Pinson Valley. 126: Nick Cater, Arab, major dec. Tate Brannon, Pinson Valley, 14-5. 132: John-David Henderson, Arab, pinned River Farley, Pinson Valley. 138: Hank Turner, Pinson Valley, dec. Noah Cater, Arab, 8-5. 145: Adam Crocker, Pinson Valley, pinned Will Spencer, Arab. 152: Marco Mandujano, Pinson Valley, pinned Matthew Busby, Arab. 160: Deon Gregory, Pinson Valley, pinned Andrew Parrish, Arab. 170: Wyatt Miller, Arab, pinned Brandon Adams, Pinson Valley. 182: Griffin Dunn, Arab, pinned Chris Hill, Pinson Valley. 195: Ian Scott, Arab, pinned Ryan Jackson, Pinson Valley. 220: Jacob Spencer, Arab, dec. Jonathan Duke, Pinson Valley, 5-4. Hvy: Barrett Crossley, Pinson Valley, pinned Connor Griffin, Arab.
Arab 48, Mortimer Jordan 33
106 lbs.: Braxton Worthington, Mortimer Jordan, pinned Andrew Schmitt, Arab. 113: Cason Jordan, Mortimer Jordan, pinned Clay Jones, Arab. 120: B.J. Hayes, Arab, pinned Ryan Washburn, Mortimer Jordan. 126: Nick Cater, Arab, pinned Austin Grooms, Mortimer Jordan. 132: John-David Henderson, Arab, pinned Andrew Hyche, Mortimer Jordan. 138: Noah Cater, Arab, pinned Lane Lucas, Mortimer Jordan. 145: Bragan Swindle, Mortimer Jordan, pinned Will Spencer, Arab. 152: Matthew Busby, Arab, forfeit. 160: Devyn McCombs, Mortimer Jordan, pinned Andrew Parrish, Arab. 170: Dante Johnsey, Mortimer Jordan, pinned Wyatt Miller, Arab. 182: Cody Skinner, Mortimer Jordan, dec. Griffin Dunn, Arab, 8-5. 195: Ian Scott, Arab, pinned David Cole, Mortimer Jordan. 220: Jacob Spencer, Arab, pinned Greg Abramson, Mortimer Jordan. 285: Connor Griffin, Arab, pinned Mathew Young, Mortimer Jordan.