By Charles Prince
The North Jefferson News
HAYDEN — The Hayden Wildcats won one and lost one during their season-opening tri-match against Scottsboro and Gardendale on Tuesday.
The Wildcats beat Gardendale, 54-30, but lost to defending 5A state champion Scottsboro, 55-30.
“I think we did alright for the first day of the season,” Hayden head coach Paul Moore said. “I think we could have done just a little better if we had gotten everyone in the right weight class today. We have six starters who are hurt and unable to wrestle. I was pleased with most everything we did today, but we’ll be better as the season goes along and we get our team healthy.”
Gardendale then lost to Scottsoboro, 64-18.
Hayden’s Josh McCoy pinned Gardendale’s Zac Bowen with 47 seconds left in the second period.
Gardendale’s DeRon Washington then won by pin to tie the match up. The pins kept coming as the Wildcat’s Joseph Trosclair pinned the Rocket’s Andrew Todd with 1:33 left in the second period. Then the Wildcat’s Rusty Thigpen pinned the Rocket’s Joel Jones in the first period. Gardendale’s Brandon Cato then pinned Zac Godwin with 1:27 left in the opening period.
Hayden’s Tyler Williams then pinned Gardendale’s Matt White with just 33 seconds left in the opening period. Hayden’s Chad Lawrence then pinned Gardendale’s Robert Becker with 1:20 left in the first period.
Gardendale’s Bradley Bowen then won by forfeit. Hayden’s Wesley Ray pinned Gardendale’s Logan Gardner with 1:09 left in the first period. The Wildcat’s Ryan Pridmore then pinned the Rocket’s Trevor Durham with 1:19 left in the first period.
Hayden’s Joseph Ash followed with a pin of Gardendale’s Conner Hayman with 1:20 left in the second period.
Gardendale’s Daniel Swann pinned Hayden’s Brandon Buchanan with 37 seconds left in the second period.
Finally, Gardednale’s Austin Graham pinned Hayden’s D.J. Polk with just four seconds left in the first period.
Hayden’s Justin Russell won by forfeit.
Hayden’s McCoy, who is a defending state 5A champion, won his match by pin midway through the second period. When the end came, McCoy was leading only 6-5 and afterwards he stated he felt he should have wrestled better and won his match much sooner.
The Wildcats Bryant Ward won by pin with 20 seconds left in the first period. Teammate Cody Doyle won the heavyweight match by pin with 1:21 left in the first period, and Pridmore won by pin with 1:24 left in the first period.
The Rockets won three matches. Andrew Todd scored a pin with 34 seconds left in the second period. Brandon Cato won by pin with 24 seconds left in the first period and Logan Gardner won the 112-pound match with a pin with 1:47 left in the second period.
Gardendale started their season with an 0-2 mark.
“Logan Gardner got a win. That’s pretty good, you don’t see many freshman win a match against a Scottsboro wrestler,” Gardendale head coach Brian Brasseal said. “We made some mistakes, but we did some good things, too.”
By Charles Prince