Ranburne coach Jay Harlan said Wednesday morning that the Bulldogs will have wrestlers in 12 of the 14 weight classes. To qualify for the 1A-4A state tournament in Huntsville, a wrestler must finish in the top four in his weight class. The North super-sectional in Birmingham will also send four wrestlers in each class to the state meet.
Ranburne finally got back on the mats Monday after a six-day layoff due to the winter storm that closed school from midday Tuesday through Friday.
“We didn’t get to do anything until Monday. We had a really good practice Monday,” Harlan said. “We conditioned pretty hard at practice on Monday and we probably will (Wednesday) again, too.”
Harlan said he might try to practice about an hour Thursday before heading to the sectional tournament.
After Monday’s practice, the Bulldogs got a chance to wrestle for the first time since the Saks tournament on January 25 when they met Cleburne County High Tuesday in the rescheduled Cleburne Cup competition. This year, the Tigers won 42-27.
“I thought we wrestled just about as well as we could,” Harlan said.
Ranburne got wins from Noah McCord (126 pounds), Logan Otwell (138), Devin Rehberg (145), Dalton Wiggins (160), Dylan Tullis (182) and Austin Jordan (195). McCord, Rehberg and Wiggins each pinned his opponent. Both Otwell and Jordan won in overtime.
Harlan was encouraged about his wrestles’ conditioning after watching them against Cleburne County.
“It didn’t seem to hurt us too much (Tuesday) night,” he said. “We won two matches in overtime. As far as conditioning goes, considering what we’ve been through the past week, I thought we were as good as we could be.”
At the Saks tournament, four Ranburne wrestlers placed. Jordan was second at 195, Tullis second at 182 and Wiggins second at 152. Otwell finished third at 138.