#1 Vestavia vs. #3 Oak Mountain

On paper, Vestavia is not a good dual match-up for Oak Mountain.  Can the Eagles find a way to knock off #1 Vestavia?  Here is how it went down ...

113: Crett Jones (Vestavia) vs. Cole Thomas (Oak Mountain)

1st: Thomas got two takedowns and few mat returns and gave up an escape in the first to hold a 4-1 lead going into the 2nd.

2nd: Thomas took down and escaped with 1:28 remaining (5-1) and scored a takedown at 1:17 for a 7-1 lead.  Curious that he decided to ride and try to score nearfall for the rest of the period.  He did not get any additional points and led 7-1 heading into the 3rd.

3rd: Jones took down and escaped pushing it to 7-2 ... Thomas worked for the takedown for the remainder of the period, but couldn't get one and Oak Mountain failed to get bonus points.  Nice 7-2 decision for Thomas, but bonus points had to be in the cards if they were going to push the Rebels.

Oak Mountain 3, Vestavia 0

120: Alex Thomas (Vestavia) vs. Forfeit

1st: The defending 7A 106 lb. State Champ has to present first and we begin playing the match-up game.  Oak Mountain decides to forfeit and take their chances at 126.

2nd: 

3rd:

Vestavia 6, Oak Mountain 3

126: Nate Nailen (Vestavia) vs. Cole Burrough (Oak Mountain)

1st: Nailen gets a takedown and 3 point nearfall to take a nice 5-0 lead into the 2nd.

2nd: Neutral to start period 2.  Nailen with the takedown at 1:48 left in the period and secures the fall to push Vestavia up by 9 in the dual.

3rd:

Vestavia 12, Oak Mountain 3

132: Murphy McCallum (Vestavia) vs. Blake Randle (Oak Mountain)

1st: McCallum and Randle battle back and forth with Randle finally able to secure the takedown with 35 seconds left in the period, 2-0 after 1.

2nd: We begin neutral and McCallum gets the takedown with Randle getting a reversal and backpoints to lead 7-2 after 2.

3rd: We begin neutral once again and Randle gets the takedown and 2 nearfall to win with bonus points, 11-3.

Vestavia 12, Oak Mountain 7

138: Peter Dazzio (Vestavia) vs. Carson Lester (Oak Mountain)

1st: A ton of action, but not many points scored.  Both had opportunities in the first period, but we finished 0-0 after 1.

2nd: Dazzio takes down and after several nice mat returns by Lester, Dazzio finally gets the escape to lead 1-0 after 2.

3rd: Lester chooses down and Dazzio maintains control the entire time.  Lester looked exhausted after the match and Dazzio was pumped to pull the upset, 1-0.

Vestavia 15, Oak Mountain 7

145: Jack Stoves (Vestavia) vs. Brett Cruce (Oak Mountain)

1st: Stoves gets the takedown at about the minute mark of the 1st period and maintains control the rest of the time to lead 2-0 after 1.

2nd: Cruce takes down and Stoves does a good job on top.  Hit with a stall warning but able to get a 3 point tilt at the end of the period to finish the 2nd up 5-0.

3rd: Stoves takes down and reverses Cruce with 1:25 left, 7-0.  Illegal move or hold (not sure of the call) makes it 7-1 before Cruce earns an escape to cut the lead to 7-2.  Stoves with a nice ankle pick for the takedown, 9-2, Cruce escape, 9-3 and Stoves pushes for bonus points and gets the takedown with 3 seconds remaining to get the 11-3 win.

Vestavia 19, Oak Mountain 7

152: Spencer Haddock (Vestavia) vs. Mingyu Lee (Oak Mountain)

1st: Good battle to start with both Haddock and Lee close to getting takedowns.  We finish the 1st 0-0.

2nd: Haddock takes down and gets the escape and a single leg takedown to go up 3-0.  He hits Lee with a nice 3 point tilt to finish the 2nd and up the lead to 6-0.

3rd: Lee takes neutral and Haddock is hit with stalling again for a 6-1 lead.  Haddock turns it on and gets the takedown and gives the escape looking for bonus points.  Haddock hits a headlock at the end of the 3rd to finish 13-2 and add another point to team total.

Vestavia 23, Oak Mountain 7

160: Bowman Hill (Vestavia) vs. Barrett Blakely (Oak Mountain)

1st: #1 (Blakely) vs. #2 (Hill) headlines the dual (on an individual match-up level).  Blakely is on his game early and works for a takedown.  Hill manages to stay up, but eventually gives up the takedown with 5 seconds left in the period, Blakely up 2-0.

2nd: Blakely take down and gets the escape 3-0.  A beautiful knee tap straight to Hill's back pushes the lead to 8-0 (TD and 3  NF), Hill gets the escape with 12 seconds left but that 5 point move was huge.

3rd: Hill takes down and is given the escape, 8-2.  Hill in on a great shot, but Blakely counters extremely well and ends up on top, 10-2.  Hill again escapes and works an arm drag but can't finish.  Hill was close on many shots, but unable to get the takedown and Blakely takes it 10-3.

Vestavia 23, Oak Mountain 10

170: Zachary Nelson (Vestavia) vs. Justin Evans (Oak Mountain)

1st: Double leg takedown for Evans starts us off, 2-0 Evans.  Nelson gets the escape and then scores a nice takedown to take the lead 3-2.  He gets a 3 point nearfall to lead 6-2 before locking up a crossface cradle with 31 seconds left to end the period up 9-2.

2nd: Evans takes down and Nelson eventually gets the fall to push the Rebel lead to 19.

3rd:

Vestavia 29, Oak Mountain 10

182: Rob Barrentine (Vestavia) vs. Chris Gaines (Oak Mountain)

1st: Nice h-crotch takedown for Barrentine starts us off at 182.  Lovked hands and a 2 point nearfall puts us at 4-1 at the end of the 1st.

2nd: Gaines takes down and Barrentine works the half for the fall and the Rebels are in full control moving into their strength at 220 and 285.

3rd:

Vestavia 35, Oak Mountain 10

195: Will White (Vestavia) vs. Jordan Davis (Oak Mountain)

1st: Davis gets the takedown 30 seconds in and rides out White for the rest of the period, 2-0 Oak Mountain lead.

2nd: Davis scores early to push it to 4-0 before White gets an escape and Davis gets another takedown to put it 6-1 after 2.

3rd: White takes down and is given the escape ... Davis is looking for bonus points.  Davis works for a takedown all period, but only gets one at the end for an 8-2 win.  No bonus points for the Eagles.

Vestavia 35, Oak Mountain 13

220: James Edwards (Vestavia) vs. Carter Owens (Oak Mountain)

1st: Tough match-up for the Eagles here and at 285.  Edwards is the defending 220 lb. State Champion and is unbeaten on the season.  He gets a quick takedown and the fall just 27 seconds in and pushes the Rebel lead to 41-13.

2nd: 

3rd:

Vestavia 41, Oak Mountain 13

285: Jacob Edwards (Vestavia) vs. Forfeit

1st: Edwards is the top ranked 285 in 7A and Oak Mountain cannot match-up, forfeit and the Rebels are pouring it on going into the final match.

2nd: 

3rd:

Vestavia 47, Oak Mountain 13

106: Bryant Segars (Vestavia) vs. Sullivan Tipton (Oak Mountain)

1st: Two of the top 6 106's in 7A here in our final match.  Tipton pushes the pace and after several attempts is able to get the takedown with 1:02 remaining.  Wild flurry of points with locked hands and both wrestlers with takedowns and backpoints and we finish the period 7-6 Tipton.  Both had an opportunity for fall, but neither could make it happen and we continue on.

2nd: Tipton takes neutral and hits a nice double leg for a 9-6 lead.  Tipton is hit for stalling on top, but we end the period 9-6.

3rd: Segars takes down and Tipton secures 3 nearfall and gets the fall for the Eagles.

Vestavia 47, Oak Mountain 19