Golden Bears earn victory

Lincoln defeated ASB and Talladega to win the Talladega County wrestling tournament Friday afternoon at Talladega High School.

Brian Kelly/Lincoln Athletics

Lincoln won the inaugural Talladega County wrestling tournament at Talladega High School on Friday afternoon.

The Golden Bears defeated Alabama School for the Blind 66-13 and Talladega 45-36 in the tri-match.

“It is a great thing to do for our county, the venue was nice and it was a lot of competitive matches,” Lincoln head coach Skylar Mansfield said. “The kids fought hard. We are trying to change expectations to where we can compete and be relevant.”

Lincoln had seven wrestlers win by pin against the Redskins: JaMichael Finley (106 pounds), John Kelly (113), Austin Creamer (120), Marrequis Arnold (136), Katie Threatt (160), Keyshon Townsend (170) and Trenten Givens (182).

In the second match of the afternoon, Lincoln defeated Talladega. The Golden Bears had four individuals win by pin: Lucas Isbell (152), Threatt, Townsend and Givens.

Arnold and Talladega’s Martavious Redwine had one of the most competitive matches of the afternoon. Arnold won by a 13-6 decision.

“Marrequis ended up showing a lot of poise and composure to win that match,” Mansfield said. “Both of them are strong kids, they both wanted to win and they both put their heart into it. I think Marrequis had a little more experience than Martavious. The thing about wrestling, experience is always going to be a factor when it is equal physicality.”

Mansfield said he hopes the county tournament will help his wrestlers get prepared to have a good showing at the sectional and state tournaments in the coming weeks.

“Last year, we took four (to sectionals) and we qualified two of them (for state),” Mansfield said. “This year, we are going to take nine and, hopefully, we can get two more qualified. Hopefully, we can make progress and qualify four wrestlers this year. The kids are focused; they know what it is going to take to get there. Hopefully, we can get them prepared to compete.”

Talladega defeated ASB 40-36 on Friday afternoon.

Redwine defeated Tanner Wood by pin in the third period. Joshua Wood defeated Christopher Brown by pin in the first.

Talladega received 36 points from forfeits because ASB didn’t have wrestlers to compete in certain weight classes.