Nine Cleburne County wrestlers scored points and eight placed in the AHSAA Class 1A-5A state tournament in Huntsville last weekend. The Tigers earned 123 teams points and finished second to Arab (176.5). The Knights won this year’s 1A-5A title after winning the 6A championship in 2016 and 2015 and the 5A championship in 2014 and 2013.
Cleburne County senior Tyler Mayfield won the 152-pound individual state championship and scored 26 points. He won his opening round match with a pin in the second period. In the quarterfinal round, he won 14-4 for a major decision then earned a 21-9 major decision in his semifinal win. In the championship match, Mayfield won 4-0 over Channing Marmann of Deshler. Mayfield finished the season 39-1.
Freshman Christian Seale was second for the Tigers at 170 pounds and earned 21 points. Seale pinned his initial opponent then won an 11-3 major decision in the quarterfinals. He won a sudden victory decision in the semifinals before losing to undefeated Ethan Pippin (53-0) of Westminster Christian in the match for first place. Seale was 34-10 for the season.
Senior Sam Pate contributed 14 points to Cleburne County’s team effort. He finished fourth at 182 pounds. Pate won a sudden victory in his first match then pinned his quarterfinal opponent. After losing a decision in the championship semifinals, he won a 5-1 decision in the consolation semifinals. In the third place match, Pate lost a narrow 3-1 decision. He finished 35-7.
Freshman Zac Williamson was fifth at 138 pounds and scored 15 points. Williamson started with second-period pins in each of his first two matches. After losing decisions in the championship semifinals and consolation semifinals, Williamson pinned Isiah Franklin of Mae Jemison in the second period to win the fifth place match. He ended 40-6.
Juniors Tyler Higgins (160) and Dylan Turner (113) each finished sixth for the Tigers as did sophomores Hunter Beason (132) and Cade Smith (195).
Smith, 36-9, scored 13 points. He won his opening match on a first-period pin then lost in the quarterfinal round. In the consolation bracket second round, he won with another first-period pin and added a pin in the third period of the consolation third round.
Higgins pinned his first two opponents and scored 11 points. Both pins came in the first period. He ended 33-7.
Turner won his first match with a pin in the third period then claimed a 9-3 decision in the quarterfinals. He lost a sudden victory decision in the consolation semifinals and a 4-2 decision in the match for fifth place. He scored nine points and ended the season 38-11.
Beason opened with a win on a 6-2 decision. After dropping to the consolation bracket, he won a 3-0 decision in the consolation second round and a 5-1 decision in the consolation third round. Beason finished the season 29-19 and scored seven points.
Junior Ryan Day did not place in the 220-pound division but his seven points helped keep the Tigers ahead of third place Tallassee. Day pinned his first opponent then picked up another pin in the second round of the consolation bracket.