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Brookwood wrestlers qualify for state tournament


BROOKWOOD | Sectional champion Patrick Richardson and two teammates will represent Brookwood High School in the AHSAA Class 5A wrestling tournament.

Richardson, Spencer Hill and Colton Vandiver will begin competition today at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. Championship matches will be Saturday.

Brookwood coach Gary Averett said he hopes all three wrestlers will be able to "place" and finish among the top four.

"These are three of my older guys and probably my most experienced guys," Averett said. "Patrick and Spencer have placed in the state tournament before, and I look for them to finish well this year."

Richardson, a junior, competed at 120 pounds when he won his sectional title last week at Homewood High School. Richardson will open against a No. 4 seed.

"Most of the time it pretty much assures you of a win in the first round," Averett said. "That puts you in a pretty good position. The brackets are stacked in favor of how the wrestlers place. Sometimes the other section in a certain weight class just may be stronger, and those numbers may not mean anything.

"Patrick is a very quick and very agile individual. Being at that size and a junior he’s developed very well. His size is very conducive to the sport of wrestling as far the techniques and types of moves he can use. He’s pretty much wide open to anything that’s been invented wrestling-wise. It’s at his disposal."

Vandiver, a senior, was second in the 195-pound category.

"Colton was injured and missed most of last season," Averett said. "He’s one of my more experienced wrestlers, being a senior. I think he can place also. I think he’s hungry. His intensity level is usually up at a high rate. That’s carried him through several matches, a couple of matches in the sectional tournament."

Hill qualified by placing third in the 182-pound division.

"Spencer works hard on a continuous basis," Averett said. "He’s doing wrestling workouts and squeezing in football workouts. He’s in good condition. He’s one that if a match goes the way it’s supposed to it could go in his favor and he could do very well."

 

Reach Andrew Carroll at andrew.carroll@tuscaloosanews.com or at 205-722-0223.