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.
By Robert Carter