Wrestling has been on the rise in Fort Payne.

The Youth Wrestling Club boasts more than 50 members, and 46 of those members participated in the Shane Malone Memorial Youth Tournament.

The club traveled to Buckhorn High School on Feb. 27, and the 46 participants made them the single largest group out of more than 30 north Alabama teams in attendance.

Six Wildcat wrestlers brought home gold medals in the tournament, and the Fort Payne Youth Wrestling Club had a tournament-best 56 pins.

In the youth wrestling U14 category, Taylor Roe took home a first-place medal in the 119-pound weight division and Riley Kuhn placed second in the 140-pound weight class.

In the Class 2, U12 category, Jax Cyrus in the 65-pound division, Dawson Williams in the 85-pound division and Ethan Walls in the 90-pound division, each took home fourth place. Cole Blalock in the 95-pound weight class and Riley Kuhn in the 165-pound weight class, each took home first-place medals.

In the Class 3, U10 category, Kean Cowart placed third in the 60-pound weight class; Oliver Perea placed fourth in the 65-pound weight class; Brycen Buffington placed third in 75; Lucas Hale placed fourth in the 103; Hudson Hairel placed second in 103 and Holden Smith placed third in 120.

In the Class 4, U8 category, Vaughn Goggans placed fourth in the 45-pound weight class; Blade Cowart earned a first place medal in 45-pound weight class; Carter Blalock earned first place in the 60-pound weight division; Isaac Crow earned third in 60; Parker Wilson earned second in 70; Ryker Ingle earned third in 70; Brody Barksdale earned third in 95; Mason Chandler took home a first place medal in 95 and Jaden Baswell took home fourth in the 65-pound weight class.

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