Young 'Cats place 3rd at Hartselle

The Fort Payne Wildcats’ youth wrestling teams placed third out of 41 teams Saturday at the second-annual Rumble in the Jungle Wrestling Tournament in Hartselle.

The young Wildcats pinned 28 opponents and had 18 competitors earned medals for placing in the top four of their weight classes.

Fort Payne had six win gold, five second-place finishes, one third-place finish and six fourth-place finishes.

The Tournament also awarded competitors with Spartan Warrior Helmets for other accomplishments. Two of which were awarded to Fort Payne wrestlers.

Brigden Snyder won the Spartan Award for most pins in his division.

Preston Whited won the Spartan Award for Most Valuable Wrestler in the Junior division.

Whited was Fort Payne’s leading scorer with 32 points and went 5-0 in his matches. He placed first in both the Novice 112-pound and Schoolboy 115-pound classes.

Brody Barksdale, Carson Miller, Parker Wilson and Snyder also earned gold in their weight classes.

Barksdale went 3-0 in the Bantamweight 105-pound division and earned 22 points.

Miller won the Bantamweight 125-pound class with two quick pins.

Wilson won four matches in his division and earned 21 points.

Snyder earned 24 points in his 85-pound class with three quick wins by pinfall.

Fort Payne five second-place winners were Sawyer Crittenden, Vaughn Goggans, Blade Cowart, Carter Blalock and Harrison Hairel.

Crittenden earned 14 points in the Tot division.

Goggans bounced back from an early loss win five-straight matches in the Tot 50-pound division.

Cowart won two matches in his division.

Blalock and Hairel both won three matches in their divisions and combined for 32 points.

Ryker Sinclair was the lone Wildcat to win a third-place medal in the Bantamweight 45-pound division.

River Crittenden, Abby Cook, Gus Fowler, Kean Cowart, Mason Chandler and Dawson Williams all earned fourth-place medals and combined for 59 points at the Tournament.

The young Wildcats will travel to Thompson High School next Saturday for the AAU State Finals.

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