Southside wrestling finishes third at section


ARAB — Nine Southside wrestlers qualified for the state tournament Saturday at the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 5A, Section 2 tournament.

Four wrestlers — Devin Hester, Haden Ryals, Kade Kitchens and Austin Snyder — won individual section titles. As a team, the Panthers finished with 175.5 points, good enough for third behind Arab (225) and Scottsboro (179).

The state tournament is Thursday through Saturday at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.

Hester (21-7) won the 132-pound division with a pin over Arab’s Lane Morrow. Hester finised third in the state last year at 126 pounds.

Ryals, a two-time state title winner who is 35-2 this season, won the 145-pound division with a pin against Hartselle’s Michael Prince.

Kitchens (63-3) edged Scottsboro’s Nick Boyett by a 7-6 decision to win the 170-pound division. Kitchens was the state runner-up last year at 152 pounds.

Snyder (50-9) won the 285-pound division with a 4-1 decision over Arab’s Jacob Spencer.

Zach Christopher (106), Adam Pierce (138) and Lee Edge (182) each finised third in their respective divisions, while Landon Thompson (113) and Noah Bradford (120) both finished fourth. All will compete in the state tournament.

Fort Payne finished fourth in the tournament and also will send several wrestlers to state. David Langston won the 182-pound division, while Abelardo Domingo (120), Ian Hilyer (126), Mason Baldwin (138), Jonathan Osorio (195), Drew Wear (220) and Jordon Terry (285) also qualified.

At the 6A, Section 3 tournament in Gardendale, Gadsden City had two wrestlers qualify for the state tournament. Tavoris Pearson advanced in the 195-pound division with a third-place finish at section, while Robert Hunter finished fourth in the 183-pound division.

Piedmont had two wrestlers win titles at the 1A-4A, Section 2 tournament at Jacksonville State University. Patrick Raney won the 195-pound division and Logan Moore took home the 285-pound title to help the Bulldogs finish fifth out of 15 teams.

Also advancing to the state tournament for Piedmont were James Tanner (160) and Michael Devoe (182).