Four Bi-City wrestlers won state championships Saturday, two in Alabama and two in Georgia.
Central-Phenix City’s Luke Wilson won his title in the 220-pound weight class in Class 6A, while Tim Hester won his at 170 in 6A. Both finished the season undefeated.
In Georgia, Jordan’s David Sobasky won the state championship at 113 in Class AA, and Chattahoochee County’s Preston Steen won at 138 in Class A.
Three Bi-City wrestlers finished as runners-up, losing in their title matches. They are Russell County’s Joshua Jamieson, Hardaway‘s James Triplett and Harris County’s James Ellison.
Wilson beat Ryan Stenger of Bob Jones High 5-4. It is the Red Devils’ first state championship since the wrestling program was restarted in 2006 after a 36-year absence.
“This will boost it up,” Wilson said of the effect the win will have on the program. “People will start believing in coach (Greg) Jeffcoat.”
Wilson, who ended the year 55-0, had to stage a huge rally as he fell behind 4-0 in the first period. But Wilson got a reversal before the end of the period and trailed 4-2.
He took the lead in the second period with an escape and a takedown.
“It’s awesome,” said Wilson, who finished as a runner-up in 2011. “It didn’t really hit me until I got off the podium. It is an awesome feeling.”
Hester (57-0) won the Panthers’ first state wrestling championship since Tommy Sanders started the program a decade ago.
He won his match in opposite fashion to Wilson. Hester took down Marcus Elkins of Hewitt-Trussville twice in the opening period and led 4-1.
Hester, who finished fourth last year, put the match away by taking a 9-3 lead after two. He was penalized twice for stalling in the final period.
“All season, this is what I was working for,” Hester said. “When I got those points, I got a little cotton mouth. (Going into the third period) I knew I was going to win.”
Sobasky, who came in sixth as a sophomore and fifth as a junior, pinned Jefferson’s Kyle Kashuba, the top seed, in 4:51 to win in Class AA’s 113-pound class.
Sobasky won three of his four matches with pins.
Steen (53-8) beat Gordon Lee’s Cory Almond 5-1 in overtime to win the Class A 138 weight class.
“He didn’t want to wrestle,” Steen said. “He was content to back up off the mat.”
Steen won a title in the first year for the Chattahoochee County program under coach Ed Lovvorn, who restarted the program after the school failed to field a team in 2011.
“I hope it is a big motivator for our kids,” Lovvorn said. “Hopefully, it will get more interest in the long-term success.”
In Friday’s semifinal, Steen beat two-time defending state champion Ryne Eriquezzo of Bremen.
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Russell County’s Joshua Jamieson finished second, losing the Class 5A 120-pound title match to Josh Epperson of Tallassee, 7-2.
Jamison’s teammate, Zach Poling lost to Arab’s Ryan Harris 4-1 in the third-place match for the 285 class.
Central’s Robert Mcafee came in sixth at 145 in the Class 6A, losing the fifth-place match to David Baumohl of Grissom.
In the team standings for 6A, Smiths Station finished 14th with 52 points, while Central was 19th with 31. Thompson won with 231.5. Russell County was 12th in 5A with 27. Scottsboro won with 159.
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Hardaway’s James Triplett finished as the state runner-up at 182 in Class AAAA. He was pinned by Ola’s Jimmy Carmen in 3:11.
Pacelli’s Anthony Hall finished sixth, losing to Irwin County’s Denzell Scott 15-8 in the fifth-place match in Class A’s 106 final.
Spencer’s Darren Sampson finished fifth in Class AA at 145 with a win over Blessed Trinity’s Chris Solar, 10-4.
Teammate Derick Crosby was sixth, losing to Lovett’s Spencer Lee at 132.
Harris County’s James Ellison finished second, losing in the Class AAAA 285 final 2-1 to Southwest DeKalb’s Gabriel Echols.
Teammate Orrin Suich came in fourth at 106, losing to Chattahoochee’s Jordan Pitt 9-6.
Teammate Tyler Denova finished sixth as he defaulted in the 195 fifth-place match.
In the team standings: Chattahoochee County tied for 16th with 22 points and Pacelli was 27th with 6 points in Class A; Jordan finished 21st with 35, Spencer was 25th with 24 in Class AA; Columbus was tied for 37th with 11 and Shaw was tied for 49th with 3 in Class AAA; Harris County was tied for 12th with 41 and Hardaway tied for 30th with 20 in Class AAAA.
Robert Mcafee (Central) def. Brandon Roberts 10-6; lost to Nick Hall (TH), 11-2; def. Michael Delano (Bob), 8-2; def. Austin Taylor (Hetr), 3-1; lost to Andrew Korn (VH), 5-0; lost to David Baumohl (Gris), 6-4
Tim Hester (Smiths Station) def. David Pham (Gads), 3:28; def. Vincent Kimbrough (Oak), 2:43; def. Drew Smith (GRDN), 3:16; def. Marcus Elkins (Hetr), 9-6.
Luke Wilson (Central) def. Deshaun Motley (Clck), 0:27; def. Brady Heard (Oxford), 5-3; def. Looyd Time (Oak), 7-2; def. Ryan Stenger (Bob), 5-4.
Joshua Jamieson (Russell County) def. Geremias Sac (Fort), 5:29; def. Craig Malone (Scot), MFF; lost to Josh Epperson (Tall), 7-2
Zach Poling (Russell County) def. Jordan Terry (Fort), 1:37; lost to Trey Tidwell, (Musc), 2:19; def. Tyler Holsomback (MCAD), 4-1; lost Ryan Harris (Arab), 4-1.
Orrin Suich (Harris County) def. Matthew Springfield (Kell), 5-1; lost to Alonzo Allen (Rockdale), 3:06; def. Kaden Miller (UG), 2-0; def. Lalaal Malik (Jonesboro), 2-1; def. Sunny Sharma (Dunwoody), 13-7; lost to Jordan Pitt (Chatt), 9-6.
James Triplett (Hardaway) def. Shane Wuchte (Greenbrier), 7-5; def. Leon Butts (FP), 5:46; def. James Philpot (Redan), 10-6.
Tyler Denova (Harris County) def. Thomas Sieh (Paulding), 3:50; lost to Kenneth Brinson (Marist), 13-3; def. Anthony Rolle (Ware), 13-10; def. Montavious Parker (Cass), 2:21; lost to Chris Gaines (Kell), 10-2; lost to Jaden Smith (Ola), default.
James Ellison (Harris County) def. Diego Smith (Northside-WR), 1-0; def. Demonde Stovall (ClarkeC), 5-3; def. Demarcus Hamilton (S. Paulding), 1-0.
David Sobasky (Jordan) def. Jack Speyer (Morgan), 1:33; def. Kevin Grimaldo (Adair), 4:52; def. Bryant Wilson (ELaurens), 9-5.
Derick Crosby (Spencer) def. Trevez Jones (Screven), 10-4; def. Scott Evans (BT), 9-5; lost to Brandon Owens (Elbert), 8-3; lost to Justin Whitman (Ogle), 5-3; lost to Spencer Lee (Lovett), 3:42.
Darren Sampson (Spencer) def. Josh Simms, 9-2; lost to Chris Solar (BT), 2:26; def. Legwan Petty (Clark), 2:09; def. Jack Young (Lovett), 5-3; lost to Layson West (Sono), 3-2; def. Chris Solar (BT), 10-4.
Anthony Hall (Pacelli) lost to Stephen Corasaniti (Athens Chr.), 9-4; def. Thoms Coffe (SF), 5:35; lost to John Hiles (HI), 13-2; lost to Denzell Scott (Irwin), 15-8
Preston Steen (ChattCo) def. Rickyweon Jenkins (Telfair), 4:46; def. Ryne Eriquezo (Bremen), 2-1.