Cleburne County scored 111 points at the AHSAA state wrestling tournament in Huntsville last weekend and finished fourth in Class 1A-5A, just behind Alexandria (112.5 points) and just ahead of Dora (108.5). Arab totaled 157.5 points and won its second consecutive 1A-5A state championship and sixth straight overall. Scottsboro was second at 153.5.
Senior Dylan Turner placed second at 120 pounds. Turner pinned his first opponent then won decisions of 6-2 in the quarterfinals and 5-4 in the semifinals. Fultondale senior Macon Edwards downed Turner 6-0 in the championship match and finished the season 75-0. Edwards had won by pin, major decision and pin in his three matches leading up to the championship match. Turner finished at 31-4.
Sophomores Christian Seale and Zac Williamson each finished third. Williamson (145 pounds) pinned his first opponent then won a 4-0 decision in the quarterfinals. In the semifinal round, he lost in overtime. Williamson bounced back with a 13-4 major decision victory in the consolation semifinals. In the third place match he won in overtime and finished 37-3 for the season.
Seale’s route to third place at 195 pounds was more difficult. After Seale pinned his first opponent, Jacob McNeal of Arab pinned Seale in the quarterfinals. To get to the third place match, Seale won three consolation bracket matches with a pin, a decision and another pin. In the third place match, Seale avenged his earlier loss to McNeal by pinning him at 2:42. Seale was 36-5 for the season.
Freshman Matt Williamson was fourth at 126 pounds. He won by pin in the first round, lost in the quarterfinals then won three consolation matches before losing a 4-1 decision in the match for third and fourth.
Juniors Hunter Beason (132) and Cade Smith (182) each placed fifth. Beason won in overtime against Sage Hughes of Leeds in the match for fifth place and ended 26-3. Smith pinned Kyle Hugley of Beauregard in just 46 seconds in his fifth place match. Smith finished with a 28-4 season record.