HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Central’s Maxwell Kauffman and Tony Morales will wrestle for AHSAA Class 7A state championships Saturday afternoon.
Kauffman (113 pounds) pinned Bob Jones’ Jay Synder in 1:53, then he won a 6-3 decision over Jeff Davis’ Kobe Frazier in the semifinals.
He will wrestle Thompson’s Gabe Hixenbaugh in Saturday’s state title match.
Morales (152) pinned Buck’s Jordan Hunter in 1:58, then he pinned Oak Mountain’s Hall Morton in 5:39 in the semifinals.
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He will face Vestavia Hills’ Bowman Hill in Saturday’s final.
Smiths Station’s Austin Phillips (182) also made it to the semifinals by pinning Vestavia Hills’ Zachary Nelson in 4:43. But he lost to James Clemens’ Seth Bruder 10-1 in the semifinals and Mountain Brook’s Thomas Byrne in a 6-3 decision.
Central’s Studd Morris (106) will wrestle for third place on Saturday. He lost to Buckhorn’s Stone Barden 9-4, but he won a match by forfeit and then beat Thompson’s Chandler Akins.
Central’s Jon Storey (145) will also wrestle for third place on Saturday. He lost in 4:46 to Buckhorn’s Riley Yager, but he won a match by forfeit and then beat Huntsville’s Houstin Curtis in 25 seconds.
Central’s Jadarius Johnson (182) lost to Hewitt Trussville’s Davis Perry 15-0 and Mountain Brook’s Thomas Byrne in 4:19.
Three Smiths Station wrestlers bowed out in two matches:
Deon Morgan (120) lost 11-2 to Hewitt Trussville’s Heath Williamson and Vestavia Hills’ Murphy McCallum in 3:49.
Tyler Wilson (126) lost 13-1 to Vestavia Hills’ Quin Estes and Oak Mountain’s Blake Randle in 43 seconds.
Deondrae Williams (220) lost to Tuscaloosa’s Josh Smith in 1:49 and Thompson’s Jeran McCarthy in 1:46.