Young 'Cats have 11 earn 4th or better at state championships

Fort Payne’s youth wrestling program had 11 young grapplers place fourth or better in their weight classes at the Alabama Youth Wrestling Organization’s state championship meet last Saturday at Thompson High School.

Brody Barksdale won gold and earned the Wildcats 24 points in his 130-pound class after pinning both of his opponents in matches that lasted just under two minutes each.

Chase Hutcherson earned 18 points after earning silver in the bantam 70-pound class. He started the day 3-0 with two wins coming by decision before falling in his first-place match.

Parker Wilson placed third in the novice 100-pound class. He won his first match by technical fall. Wilson then fell in his semifinal match before bouncing back to win his last two matches by decision to earn a bronze medal.

Cooper Hilyer also earned bronze in the novice 95-pound class after going 4-1 on the mat for the day. He capped off his day with a win by sudden victory in his third-place match.

Elijah Boggs placed third in his 103-pound class. He lost his opening match and bounced back with three straight wins by pinfall.

Tucker Burkhead placed third in his 85-pound class after going 4-1 for the day. All four of his victories came by pinfall and his one loss came by decision.

Jesse Martin placed fourth in the novice 112-pound class after going 3-1 on the mat. He picked up two wins by pinfall and another via a tiebreaker.

Carter Blalock went 3-2 and placed fourth in the novice 80-pound class. Two of his wins came by fall and the other was by decision. He narrowly fell by a single point in his third-place match.

Clayton Boggs placed fourth in the tot 65-pound class by going 3-2 on the mat. Laylah Hiland also placed fourth in the novice 105-pound class.

Other Fort Payne youth wrestlers who battled on the mat Saturday include Hudson Davis, Vaughn Goggans, Carrie Wells, Cooper Buffington, Eli Alexander, Connor Hutcherson, Cody Goins, Clayton Brown, Chloe Goggans and Isaiah Morgan.

Buffington won three matches and Morgan, Vaughn Goggans and Connor Hutcherson all won two matches each in their weight classes.

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