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Josh McCoy won the 152-pound Class 5A state championship, his second state title. He also won at 135 pounds in 2006, and has second- and fourth-place finishes at state as well. He overcame a poisonous snake bite this season.

By Robert Carter

The North Jefferson News




It would be easy to call Josh McCoy “snake-bit.”

The Class 5A state champion wrestler at 152 pounds was actually bitten by a cottonmouth earlier this year. It swelled his leg to grotesque proportions, and threatened his football season prospects at Hayden.

But recovered well enough to be named to the All-Blount County team, then went on to have the best wrestling season of his high school career.

For that effort, area coaches have voted McCoy as the 2009 North Jefferson News Wrestler of the Year.

McCoy won in a close vote over fellow two-time state champion Brandon Brindley, the Mortimer Jordan freshman who smashed all of his competition on the way to the 112-pound title.

Daniel Swann of Gardendale, who finished third in the Class 6A 130-pound division at state, finished in third place.

McCoy won at state in 2006 at 135 pounds. He’s also had a second-place and fourth-place finish at the state championships over his career. He placed in every tournament he entered this season.

Brindley’s reputation is well known, as he was undefeated within the state of Alabama this year, losing only one out-of-state match. He went through the brackets at Huntsville with few problems.

Brindley is on course to become one of a very few Alabama wrestlers to win five state championships over a career. He would join the Cuthberson brothers of Scottsboro, the state’s perennial Class 5A team powerhouse, on that short list.

Swann overcame the Rockets’ reclassification into Class 6A to still come away with a bronze-medal finish at state.

The North Jefferson News Wrestler of the Year Awards were awarded through the result of voting by the four wrestling coaches in our area, as well as NJN Sports Editor Robert Carter. Each voter selected a first, second and third place wrestler. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own wrestlers. Five points were awarded for each first-place vote, three for second, and one for third.

Coaches also voted for each individual weight class, as listed below.



103 pounds

TYLER CRISS

Mortimer Jordan



112 pounds

BRANDON BRINDLEY

Mortimer Jordan



119 pounds

TRAVIS SHELNUT

Mortimer Jordan



125 pounds

TREVOR DURHAM

Gardendale



130 pounds

DANIEL SWANN

Gardendale



135 pounds

MATT BARNETT

Mortimer Jordan



140 pounds

BRETT PENNINGTON

Fultondale



145 pounds

TYLER NEWTON

Hayden



152 pounds

JOSH McCOY

Hayden



160 pounds

JAMES STEWART

Mortimer Jordan



171 pounds

SAM ROBLES

Fultondale



189 pounds

ZAC PAYNE

Mortimer Jordan



215 pounds

JEFF INGRAM

Fultondale



Heavyweight

JOE JONES

Gardendale

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