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Pinson Valley took a trophy back home, and will take most of their team members to Huntsville this weekend for the state wrestling championships.
The Indians ran away with the Class 5A title at the AHSAA Super Sectional Meet last Friday and Saturday, outscoring runner-up Morti?mer Jordan by 491/2 points and qualifying 11 out of 14 wrestlers for the state meet.
It’s the first time Pinson has won a sectional title since 1995, coach Gene Richardson said.
Of those 11 Indians qualifiers, seven of them made it to the championship bout in their weight class, with Hank Turner taking the gold medal at 138 pounds and Adam Crocker doing the same at 145.
After polishing off the rest of the Class 5A field at sectionals, the Tribe now gets to lock horns with Arab, the top-ranked team in the state.
When the two teams met in early January, the Arabian Knights came away with the victory, but only by 10 points.
“I think we’ll wrestle competitively against Arab,” Richardson said. “I think we all know we’ve given ourselves a chance to beat them by getting 11 guys into state. Our kids this year have bought into working hard, competeing, making no excuses and believeing they can win.”
The Blue Devils also had an excellent meet, and will take seven wrestlers to Huntsville. Braxton Worthington was the sole champion, winning each of his three matches by pin; he took down Pinson’s Cameron Hamby in 3:39 in the finals.
Hayden did not finish as high in the team standings, finishing sixth overall (just a half point behind fifth-place Brookwood). But seven Wildcats will make the trip north on Friday, led by gold medalist Chase Phillips at 113 pounds. He edged the Devils’ Cason Jordan by a 4-3 decision in the finals.