The weather-delayed ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ wrestling tournament turned out to be a huge success for the Cleburne County wrestling team. The Tigers scored 210 points and finished first, edging out Weaver. The Bearcats had 200.5 points. Leeds was third with 177 points and Wellborn with 165 points rounded out the top four.
The 122-pound championship was decided by a round-robin. Cleburne County’s Matt Williamson pinned all five of his opponents and took first place. Hunter Beason won his pool in the 134-pound division with two pins and a major decision. In the championship match, Beason won a 4-3 decision over a Wellborn wrestler. At 140 pounds, Zac Williamson pinned all three of his pool opponents then won a 10-7 decision in the title match over his opponent from Alexandria.
At 147 pounds, Tyler Mayfield had three pins in pool competition and picked up a fourth pin in the championship match against a Leeds wrestler. Mayfield also took home the award for Most Valuable Wrestler.
Dylan Turner finished second at 115 pounds and scored three pins in pool competition. Sam Pate won four of his five round-robin matches at 184 pounds, three by pins, and finished second. Cade Smith was second at 197 pounds. He was 3-0 in pool matches with two pins before losing to Alexandria’s Christian Knop in the final.
Christian Seale was third at 172 pounds, scoring a first-period pin in the third-place match.
C.J. Higgins was fourth for the Tigers at 154 pounds, Tyler Higgins fourth at 162 and Bryce Boozer fourth at 287.