Jasper wrestling team places 2nd at Section

State tournament set for this week

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 2/9/20

BIRMINGHAM — Jasper’s 12 qualifiers continued their strong showing on Saturday, allowing the team to finish as the Class 1A-5A North Super Section runner-up with 259.5 points at Bill Harris Arena in Birmingham.

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Jasper wrestling team places 2nd at Section

State tournament set for this week

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BIRMINGHAM — Jasper’s 12 qualifiers continued their strong showing on Saturday, allowing the team to finish as the Class 1A-5A North Super Section runner-up with 259.5 points at Bill Harris Arena in Birmingham.
 
Along with the outstanding team performance, three wrestlers — Maney Havis (145 pounds), Preston Reed (152 pounds) and Brodie Vinson (285 pounds) all finished as the top qualifiers in their weight classes for next week’s AHSAA State Tournament in Huntsville.
 
The outcome was the best for the Vikings since head coach Tripp Otis took over the program — who praised his team’s effort both during the tournament and in the weeks preceding it.
 
“This is probably the hardest-working team I’ve ever been around. We ask them to do something and they do it while putting on the best effort they can,” Otis said.
 
“They try to perfect their technique and skills every week — they’re not perfect by any means, but they’re grinders and workers. It’s been a phenomenal year, our biggest thing was to qualify and with so many guys earning their way into the top eight, it means they all have a chance. Any one of these young men can be a state placer or champion, they’ve certainly shown the effort to do so.”
 
Corner also had a great showing for the tournament, finishing in third place with 169.5 points and three top qualifiers in Nicholas Brashear (182 pounds), Logan Thomas (195 pounds) and Cole Fuller (220 pounds). Corner will send a total of six qualifiers to the state tournament.
 
The Dora Bulldogs will be represented at the state tournament by five qualifiers, led by Bubba Henderson, who finished third in the 285-pound weight class.
 
Final team points and individual results:
 
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Jasper — 2nd, 259.5 points
106 pounds Ethan Caldwell — Fourth place qualifier, lost third place match.
120 pounds Antonio Nash — Sixth place qualifier, lost fifth place match.
126 pounds Cooper Brooks — Seventh place qualifier, won seven place match via forfeit.
138 pounds Alex Glass — Eighth place qualifier, lost eighth place match.
145 pounds Maney Havis — *Top qualifier, won first place match by pinfall.
152 pounds Preston Reed — *Top qualifier, won first place by 4-1 decision.
160 pounds Zach Whitehead — Fifth place qualifier, won fifth place match by 5-0 decision.
170 pounds Ja’Kelyn Walker — Fifth place qualifier, won fifth place match by 11-7 decision.
182 pounds Moises Sanchez — Fifth place qualifier, won fifth place match via forfeit.
195 pounds Dashton Rush — Third place qualifier, won third place match by pinfall.
220 pounds Ross McWalters — Third place qualifier, won third place match by 6-4 decision.
285 pounds Brodie Vinson — *Top qualifier, won first place match by pinfall.
 
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Corner —  3rd, 169.5 points
113 pounds Calvin Taylor — Sixth place qualifier, lost fifth place match.
132 pounds Alex Ragsdale — Third place qualifier, won third place match by 7-5 decision.
182 pounds Nicholas Brashear — *Top qualifier, won first place by 7-2 decision.
195 pounds Logan Thomas — *Top qualifier, won first place by 8-3 decision.
220 pounds Cole Fuller — *Top qualifier, won first place by 14-11 decision.
285 pounds Griffin Murphy — Eighth place qualifier, lost seventh place match.
 
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Dora — 13th, 85 points
106 pounds Damon Clayton — Sixth place qualifier, lost fifth place match.
113 pounds Jayden Rouse — Seventh place qualifier, won seventh place match via forfeit.
145 pounds Xander Stewart — Fourth place qualifier, lost third place match.
195 pounds Ethan Meadows — Fifth place qualifier, won fifth place match by pinfall.
285 pounds Bubba Henderson — Third place qualifier, won third place match, 4-2, in a tie-breaker.