“It is actually our first win as a team,” Lincoln head coach Brian Kelly said. “It was good competition with Dora coming in which is one of the best teams in the Birmingham area. It felt good going up against them in some matches. Ohatchee, Ashville and ASB are strong competition. The guys worked their tails off. With three weight classes not being here they had to work past that and I am proud of them.”
Lincoln had four wrestlers to win their weight division on Saturday. Jamario Howard won the 145 pound weight class. Howard defeated Garrett Glass 12-1.
Devonte Peeler won the 160 weight class. This is his second tournament win of the season. Peeler defeated ASB’s Benjamin Workman by pin.
Jonathan Higginbotham won the 170 pound weight class with a win over Curtis Taylor of ASB. Higginbotham led 2-0 after the first period. He increased his led to 5-0 in the second period and in the third and final period he recorded a pin for the win. This was Higginbotham’s first tournament win of the season.
“I started off with a bow and arrow cradle and it didn’t end too well,” he said. “I kind of just got a half in and something happened and rolled him over and pinned him.”
Micah Gaston won the 220 pound weight class. The senior defeated Ashville’s Blake Williams in an entertaining match. Gaston built a 9-3 lead in the third set, but Williams fought back to cut the lead down to 9-7 in the final seconds of the match.
Lincoln had several wrestlers that had a strong showing in the tournament Saturday.
Josh Smith finished third in the 106 pound weight class. In the 126 pound weight class ASB’S
Ryan King defeated Lincoln’s Casey King 24-2. Toby Smith Parker finished third in the 152 pound weight class. Austin Threatt fell to Dora’s Caleb Lauderdale in the finals of the 182 pound weight class by pin.
In the 285 pound weight class, Lincoln’s Austin Blanton fell to Ohatchee’s Hunter Barclay, 18-7.
ASB finished in eighth place today with a score of 98.50. The Redskins had one wrestler to win and two others to finish in second place. Ryan King won the 126 weight class, while Benjamin Workman finished second in the 160 pound weight class and Curtis Taylor finished second in the 170 pound weight class.”
“It is a really big event at the school,” ASB coach Jimmy Dean said. “We don’t have football here, so this is like our big football homecoming. We are glad to have all the alumni to come back and I hope they enjoyed it.”
“We had three guys in the finals, we did pretty well today,” Dean said. “We were hoping that it would be a little bit better. It was a good tournament, hopefully, they had a good time. We are going to a big tournament next week in St. Clair County, which is a bigger tournament than this. We are just preparing for sectionals and state. This tournament means a lot, but we focused on getting to sectionals and placing in the state tournament.”