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Meet the first All-State CAScoreboard Wrestling Team

Central Al Scoreboard

List and Photos compiled based on input from multiple sources

CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE – Yes, we know the 2021-2022 wrestling season is in the rearview, way in the rearview. This list though is something we’ve been wanting to do for sometime but haven’t been able to figure out the best way to do it given that high school wrestling is a unique sport in that the individual is celebrated within the framework of a team.

This list is unique – just like the sport – but we found a way to break it down to highlight the student-athletes who had been nominated and at the same time create a framework for lists going forward. So with all that said … gentlemen (and lady) … shake hands and (blows whistle).

The STATE CHAMPIONS

Yanik Simon (50-1) | Huntsville High | Freshman | 113

2022 State Champion

Only loss was against an opponent at 126

Coaches Pat Harris & Fred Kemp say: “(Yanik) is a dedicated hard-working student athlete that loves wrestling.”

Johnathon Foster (51-9) | Dora High School | Junior | 170

2022 State and Sectional Champion

Austin Buird | Oak Mountain | Junior | 132

2022 State Champion

2 time state placer

Coach Steve Burrough says: “Austin Buird is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever coached.”

Logan Hartson (41-3) | St. James | Sophomore | 132

2022 State Champion

YOUTH MOVEMENT

Land Bell (41-5) | Tallassee High | Freshman | 132

Placed 3rd at sectionals

Coach John Mask Says: “Land Bell had an amazing year. His leadership and work ethic made everyone around him better.”

Brysen Pugh | Prattville Christian | 8th Grade | 106

First 8th grader in PCA history to qualify for the state tournament.

Coach Trent R. Staggs says: “(Brysen) has an extremely bright future ahead of him that could lead to many trips to the state tournament in the future.”

Brody Pugh | Prattville Christian | Sophomore | 145

2 time state qualifier

Coach Trent R. Staggs says: “(Brody) had a great year with 2 years of even better results to come.”

Mariah Jones (28-3) | Central Phenix City High | Sophomore | 109

SEASON TO REMEMBER

Andrew Allen | Prattville Christian | Senior | 170

State Qualifier

Broke the school record for career wins at 126

Coach Trent R. Staggs says: “Andrew is a spiritual leader for our team that helps our guys grow on and off the mat.”

Brady Goodwin | Holtville | Junior | 152

2 time state qualifier

Finished 2nd at 3 different tournaments this season

Coach David Lovering says: “(Brady has a) great work ethic and love for the sport of wrestling.”

Rutland Phillips (32-8) | Tallassee High | Junior | 106

Was named to the All-Region wrestling team

Finished at the Beauregard Hornet Slam

Coach John Mask says: “Rutland works every day to get better. His work ethic is amazing.”

Josh Kirby (37-9) | White Plains | Junior | 170

Placed second at the Weaver-hosted Gene Taylor Memorial

Coach Todd Manning says: “(Josh is a) great kid with lots of hidden talent.”

Scores and stories from around Central Alabama. More than just a sports Article.

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