State Wrestling Tournament: Five area wrestlers go for gold

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HUNTSVILLE — The pursuit of championship gold will culminate for five wrestlers from the Daily Mountain Eagle coverage area when they compete for an AHSAA State Championship today at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center.

Jasper’s Preston Reed (152 pounds), Dashton Rush (195 pounds) and Brodie Vinson (285 pounds) clinched their spots in the championship finals after overcoming touch challenges from semifinal opponents.

Reed (50-4) defeated St. Clair County’s Evan Scrivner by a 4-3 decision and will compete in the final against Southside’s Dathan Finley (49-17).

Rush (48-5) beat Corner’s Logan Thomas by a 9-4 decision and will wrestle undefeated Christian Smith of Ranburne (34-0) for the title.

Vinson, in one of the toughest and longest matches of the tournament, beat Dora’s Bubba Henderson 4-3 in an ultimate tie-breaker. He will also face an undefeated opponent, Ranburne’s Ben Buchanan (38-0).

The Vikings finished the day ranked second in Class 1A-5A with 107 points.

Two other Jasper wrestlers will battle for placement — Maney Havis will compete in the 145 pounds third- place match, while Ethan Caldwell will battle for fifth place in the 106 pounds match.

The Corner Yellow Jackets have a pair of state title contenders in Nicholas Brashear (182 pounds) and Cole Fuller (220 pounds).

Brashear (53-1) defeated Daniel Loudermilk of Southside by 7-1 decision and will face Arab’s Sam Actley (28-10) in the final.

Fuller (49-1) scored a pinfall victory over Elmore County’s Matt Brown and will take on Ranburne’s Carson Hall (37-1) in the final.

The Yellow Jackets’ Alex Ragsdale (132 pounds) and Thomas (195 pounds) will compete in fifth-place matches.

Dora’s Henderson is the final area wrestler seeking placement in the 285-pound third-place match.

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Friday’s results

Jasper - 107 points

Ethan Caldwell - 106 pounds: Won second round consolation match by pinfall, won third round consolation match by pinfall, lost consolation semifinal match. Will wrestle in fifth place match.

Cooper Brooks - 126 pounds: Eliminated from the tournament.

Alex Glass - 138 pounds: Eliminated from the tournament.

Maney Havis - 145 pounds: Lost championship semifinal match, won consolation semifinal match by 6-4 decision. Will wrestle in third place match.

Preston Reed - 152 pounds: Won championship semifinal match by 4-3 decision - ADVANCED TO STATE FINAL.*

Zach Whitehead - 160 pounds: Eliminated from the tournament.

Ja’kelynn Walker - 170 pounds: Eliminated from the tournament.

Moises Sanchez - 182 pounds: Eliminated from the tournament.

Dashton Rush - 195 pounds: Won championship semifinal match by 9-4 decision - ADVANCED TO STATE FINAL.*

Brodie Vinson - 285 pounds: Won championship semifinal match by ultimate tie-breaker 4-3 - ADVANCED TO STATE FINAL.*

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Corner - 65 points

Alex Ragsdale - 132 pounds: Won second round consolation match by pinfall, won third round consolation match by pinfall, lost consolation semifinal match. Will wrestle in fifth place match.

Nicholas Brashear - 182 pounds: Won championship semifinal match by 7-1 decision - ADVANCED TO STATE FINAL.*

Logan Thomas - 195 pounds: Lost championship semifinal match, lost consolation semifinal match. Will wrestle in fifth place match.

Cole Fuler - 220 pounds: Won championship semifinal match by pinfall, ADVANCED TO STATE FINAL.*

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Dora - 27 points

Jayden Rouse - 113 pounds: Eliminated from the tournament.

Xander Stewart - 145 pounds: Eliminated from the tournament.

Ethan Meadows - 195 pounds: Eliminated from the tournament.

Bubba Henderson - 285 pounds: Lost championship semifinal match, won consolation semifinal match by 3-1 decision. Will wrestle in third place match.