By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
Pinson Valley captured its second straight Jefferson County Schools Wrestling Championship on Saturday, dominating the lighter weight classes and running away from the field at Clay-Chalkville Middle School.
The Indians built an early points lead and maintained it as the brackets advanced, outscoring runner-up Fultondale by 34 points. Indeed, the only suspense in the team standings during the late going was whether the Wildcats would hang on to a slim advantage over Mortimer Jordan, which they did.
The Indians took gold medals in three of the four lightest weight classes, with Patrick Tenney winning the 106-pound class, Tate Brannon taking gold at 120, and Hank Turner matching them at 126. Pinson also claimed gold at 220 by default, as both of their entries in the class — Jonathan Duke and Christian Raney — made it to the final bout. Coach Gene Richardson had Duke declared the winner in a forfeit, as Raney was a non-scoring entry who would have actually cost the team points had he won.
Richardson will have to decide which of the two will represent the team by Feb. 8, when the Class 5A sectional playoffs take place at Homewood, and teams are restricted to one entry per weight class. When asked which wrestler has the edge, Richardson chuckled and said, “No comment.”
Fultondale brought home the team silver largely due to winning three classes on the heavy end of the scale. Zach Cummings won the 152-pound class, Mitch Holcomb took 195 and Austin Durbin won at 182. Gabriel Martinez was runner-up at 132, as was Gerald Smith at 138.
Jordan’s lone gold medalist was William Skinner at 160. Braxton Worthington took second at 106, as did Devin McCombs at 152 and Trevor Barber at 182.
Gardendale placed sixth in the team standings, with heavyweight Daniel Adkins winning gold in his class. Three other Rockets took medals.
Corner did not bring a full squad, but still managed to place at two weights. Dalton Absher won bronze at 120, and Cody Deason placed fourth at heavyweight.
1. Pinson Valley 198 points, 2. Fultondale 164, 3. Mortimer Jordan 156, 4. McAdory 126, 5. Clay-Chalkville 112.5, 6. Gardendale 91, 7. Minor 89, 8. Center Point 78, 9. Hueytown 68, 10. Oak Grove 59, 11. Corner 39, 12. Shades Valley 21.
106 Lbs. — Championship: Patrick Tenney (Pinson Valley) dec. Braxton Worthington (Mortimer Jordan), 7-0. Consolation: Zeke Lee (Oak Grove) dec. Timothy Murphree (Fultondale), 4-0.
113 — Championship: Deandre Anderson (Hueytown) major dec. Hunter Parker (Minor), 14-1. Consolation: Dylan Trice (Fultondale) major dec. Zach Kusiak (Pinson Valley), 13-2.
120 — Championship: Tate Brannon (Pinson Valley) dec. Tavante Baldwin (McAdory), 11-4. Consolation: Dalton Absher (Corner) pinned Scott Smith (Gardendale), 4:07.
126 — Championship: Hank Turner (Pinson Valley) major dec. Travis Norris (McAdory), 12-3. Consolation: Brandon Tamburelli (Minor) pinned Spencer Gargus (Clay-Chalkville), 3:25.
132 — Championship: Trey Norris (McAdory) dec. Gabriel Martinez (Fultondale), 3-0. Consolation: Justin Carty (Clay-Chalkville) dec. Jamar Fields (Fultondale), 8-1.
138 — Championship: Christopher Jones (Center Point) dec. Gerald Smith (Fultondale), 5-2. Consolation: Jacob Howse (Mortimer Jordan) pinned Kyle Hurston (Pinson Valley), 2:44.
145 — Championship: Devonta Ravizee (Center Point) dec. Jack Dobbins (Clay-Chalkville), 4-3. Consolation: Brandon Roberts (Gardendale) dec. Khalil Jefferson (Minor), 9-2.
152 — Championship: Zachary Cummings (Fultondale) dec. Devin McCombs (Mortimer Jordan), 4-2. Consolation: Austin Weldon (Clay-Chalkville) dec. Clay Sorensen (Gardendale), 2-0.
160 — Championship: William Skinner (Mortimer Jordan) dec. Dylan Harmon (Oak Grove), 7-2. Consolation: Royshad Mack (Minor) pinned Dante Stanley (Fultondale), 4:16.
170 — Championship: Nicholas Weldon (Clay-Chalkville) dec. Brandon Adams (Pinson Valley), 3-2. Consolation: Austin Underwood (Mortimer Jordan) dec. Robbie Mckenna (Oak Grove), 5-2.
182 — Championship: Austin Durbin (Fultondale) dec. Trevor Barber (Mortimer Jordan), 10-8. Consolation: Johnathen Boykins (McAdory) pinned Ryan Jackson (Pinson Valley), 1:48.
195 — Championship: Mitchell Holcomb (Fultondale) dec. Malik Melton (Pinson Valley), 10-8. Consolation: David Cole (Mortimer Jordan) major dec. Kyle Porter (McAdory), 11-2.
220 — Championship: Jonathan Duke (Pinson Valley) won by forfeit over Christian Ramey (Pinson Valley). Consolation: Khalil Garrison (Center Point) 10-4 pinned Mason Jones (Hueytown), 2:48.
Heavyweight — Championship: Daniel Adkins (Gardendale) dec. Barrett Crossley (Pinson Valley), 1-0. Consolation: Tyler Holsomback (McAdory) pinned Cody Deason (Corner), 3:59.