Cleburne County qualified three wrestlers for the AHSAA Class 1A-4A state tournament in Huntsville Friday and Saturday and two placed. Junior Alex Sandmann finished third in the 220-pound division and freshman Tyler Mayfield was fourth at 132 pounds. Junior Corey Davis scored three points for the Tigers before he was eliminated.
In his 220 quarterfinal match, Sandmann pinned Blake Williams of Ashville in the second period. A sudden victory loss to Arthur Frawley of St. James sent Sandmann to the consolation bracket semifinals. He won an 8-4 decision over Michah Gaston of Lincoln to advance to the match for third place. Sandmann won a sudden victory over Ashville’s Williams to take the third place medal.
Mayfield pinned his quarterfinal opponent, Nathan Persall of Susan Moore, at 1:19. In the championship semifinals, eventual state champion Josh Epperson of Tallassee defeated Mayfield. A 5-2 decision over John Peavey of Madison County moved Mayfield to the consolation final. Christian Simmons of Leeds defeated Mayfield in the third place contest.
Davis, Mayfield and Sandmann each advanced to the state tournament by finishing third at the South Super Sectional tournament in Montgomery Feb. 7-8. Davis finished the season at 30-12. Mayfield was 39-11 for the year and Sandmann 45-7.