By D. Mark Mitchell
The OHS wrestling team is 9-5 as a team after participating in 14 matches. Coach Jim Davis and his Bulldog grapplers were busy last week, wrestling in one tournament and two matches.
The Bulldogs finished 11th in the Swede Umbach Invitational Tournament at Auburn High School last weekend. The tournament included 25 teams from across the state of Alabama.
Three Bulldog wrestlers finished in the top three in their respective weight classes. Angelo Farrow placed third in the 126 lb. weight class,
Talik Jackson placed second in the 170 lb. class and James Dawson, an 8th grader, finished at 220 lbs.
OHS traveled to Seale for a match with Russell County High last week. The Dawgs dominated, winning 66-18. The following won matches for Opelika: 106 lbs-Quintell Williams, 120 lbs -Revaldo Smith, 126 lbs- Angelo Farrow, 132 lbs-Davis Gafford, 138 lbs- Kris Davis, 145 lbs- Timmy Tolbert,152 lbs- Deon Todd, 160 lbs -Nolan Billingsley, 170 lbs- Talik Jackson, 195 lbs- Bailey Saggus, 220 lbs- James Dawson (eighth grade),
285 lbs- Callahan Saggus
The Bulldogs also hosted Smiths Station and Auburn in a Tri-Match in the Mainstreet Gym. They Dawgs dropped both matches, losing to Smiths Station 48-27 and AHS 42-39. The match against Auburn came down to the last contest. Opelika’s Adam Tickal (182 lbs.) needed a pin to defeat Auburn. Tickal, a four-year letterman, won the match 6-5 to remain undefeated individually, but was not able to pin his opponent. Top performers were Tickal, Deon Todd, James Dawson and Angelo Farrow.
The OHS grapplers will wrestle in the Hardaway Invitational today and tomorrow in Columbus
Opelika girls and boys basketball teams swept Beauregard last Friday night at the Sports Arena on the OHS campus.
Coach Devin Booth’s team thrashed Beauregard, 47-3. The Lady Bulldogs held the Lady Hornets to one field goal and one free throw while playing all 12 players on their roster. Sierra McCullough and Abrea Green led Opelika with nine points each. Jaylen Snipes had eight points and TV Veasley added seven. All 12 Opelika players scored.
The OHS boys defeated the Hornets 55-33 in the nightcap. Jordan Heard led the Dawgs, scoring 11 points, Kyle Fourtenbary added 10 points and Kingston Frazier, nine.
Opelika split with Russell County in their Area opener in Seale earlier this week. The Lady Bulldogs beat the Lady Warriors, 75-25, behind 15 points from Anita Payne and 13 points from Yulanda Marbury.
The OHS boys lost a close one, 74-68. The game was tied with 1:27 left in the fourth quarter. The Warriors hit back-to-back three-pointers to pull away for the win.
Both Opelika teams will play in tournaments over the holidays.
Three Opelika senior football players played onTeam Alabama
last Saturday in the annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game.
Charlie Benton, Josh Johnson and Zo Bridges spent the week in Mississippi practicing for the game which was played in Hattiesburg, Miss., on the University of Southern Mississippi campus. Congratulations to Charlie, Josh and Zo.
AHSAA EXPLORING REPLAY?
Imagine sitting at a high school football game and hearing the game Referee say “After further review, … .”
AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese has informed me the association is exploring the possibility of limited use of video replay. Coach Savarese said video replay would only be used in the Super 7 Championship Games, if at all. All seven games will use replay if approved by the AHSAA Central Board of Control.
The AHSAA would use the SEC template for video replay.
The association is in the early stages of exploring the video replay option.
However, I’ll go out on a limb and predict video replay will be used in the 2016 Super 7 at Jordan-Hare.
D.Mark Mitchell is sports director for iHeart Media, Alabama Dixie Boys State director and vice president of the A-O Sports Council.