Three local wrestlers win championships

Reed, Brashear, Fuller bring home gold

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 2/16/20

HUNTSVILLE — For three wrestlers from the Daily Mountain Coverage area, a season of hard work, dedication and personal sacrifices paid off in championship glory — with Jasper’s Preston Reed and Corner’s Nicholas Brashear and Cole Fuller winning state titles at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville on Saturday.

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Three local wrestlers win championships

Reed, Brashear, Fuller bring home gold

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HUNTSVILLE — For three wrestlers from the Daily Mountain Coverage area, a season of hard work, dedication and personal sacrifices paid off in championship glory — with Jasper’s Preston Reed and Corner’s Nicholas Brashear and Cole Fuller winning state titles at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville on Saturday.

Reed’s championship win marks the first individual title for the Vikings under head coach Tripp Otis, as well as the program’s first in over a decade. The sophomore beat Southside’s Dathan Finley in the 152-pound championship match by a 2-1 decision to finish his season with a 51-4 record.

Reed expressed his gratitude to many of the individuals he felt made his title win possible and encouraged others to work hard and not to give up on their dreams.

“There’s many people who have helped me out — my parents have been so supportive and allowed me to join the Vicious Wrestling Academy, which has been extremely beneficial for me. There’s many people at Gardendale High School who helped me improve over the summer — I thank them. Coach Otis and Coach Hezzie Morgan show us how to be winners on and off the mat and I appreciate everything they do,” Reed said. “Hard work does pay off — even through the tough days. The conditioning, long days and challenges are all part of the larger victory.”

Otis commended Reed’s effort in the championship match, along with work throughout the season.

“I’m extremely proud of Preston, he is a grinder and a worker. In the offseason he was in club wrestling and working out constantly to make the best version of himself,” Otis said. “He’s done so many good things for us this year and he deserves all the glory of a title — I don’t think there’s anyone that’s worked harder than him.”

Reed’s title win was part of a historic overall state tournament performance for the Vikings, which finished as the Class 1A-5A runner-up to Arab with 115 points. Dashton Rush (195 pounds) and Brodie Vinson (285 pounds) advanced to championship finals and finished as runner-up for their weight classes. Maney Havis finished fourth in the 145-pound weight class and Ethan Caldwell placed fifth in the 106-pound weight class.

“We came into the tournament knowing Arab was going to be very tough — our guys faced an up-hill battle, and they all came and fought,” Otis said. “There’s not one person that went out there and laid down. We’re extremely blessed and I couldn’t be prouder of this group of young men. They’re going to be good wrestlers but even better men.”

Corner’s Brashear and Fuller also enjoyed championship adulation after recording wins in the finals.

Brashear defeated Arab’s Sam Atchley by a 6-4 decision to capture the 182-pound title. The senior finished the year with a 54-1 record, having entered the tournament as the top seed in the North Super Section.

Fuller, who also entered the tournament as the North Super Section’s top seed in the 220-pound weight class, defeated Ranburne’s Carson Hall by 7-3 decision. The junior finished the season with a 50-1 record and also received the “Most Pins in the Tournament” award, having scored pinfalls in three out of four championship bracket matches.

Also earning placement for Corner were Alex Ragsdale (132 pounds, sixth place) and Logan Thomas (195 pounds, sixth place).

The final area wrestler to earn placement was Dora’s Bubba Henderson, who finished third in the 285-pound weight class.