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Benjamin Russell goes 3-1 at Bulldawg Duals
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

By Liz Arbogast

A pair of Benjamin Russell wrestlers went undefeated during Monday’s Bulldawg Duals in Opelika, helping the Wildcats to a 3-1 record as a team. The success Monday was a nice way for Benjamin Russell to bounce back after its loss last week against McAdory.

BRHS picked up wins over Central, 44-28; Fort Payne, 51-18; and Northview, 57-11. Its only loss was against Spanish Fort, 51-20.

Saxon Coker and Hezekiah Hunter were both 4-0 in the tournament, picking up three wins apiece on the mat.

At 170 pounds, Hunter had a standout day with the Wildcats’ fastest pin. He flattened Fort Payne’s TJ Tate in just 24 seconds. Hunter’s other two victories on the mat were by fall, and he also picked up a forfeit win against Spanish Fort. He beat Central’s Vernon Green in 2:40 and finished off Northview’s Thomas LaPlante in 2:27.

Coker also had three victories by pin at 152 pounds. All three of his pins came in second period, beating Central’s Kenneth Bottoms, Fort Payne’s Juan Francisco and Northview’s Donald Glenn in 2:24, 3:01 and 2:26, respectively. Coker also received a forfeit against the Toros.

At heavyweight, Damien Lawry competed in only one match but finished undefeated, as he took down Spanish Fort’s Ethan Ganey in 3:32.

Several other Wildcats finished 3-1 on the day. At 126, Bobby Charsha was 3-1 with a pin, a decision and a forfeit. His pin came against Northview’s James Elbeck in 4:32.

Also finishing 3-1 was Devion Freeman at 138. Freeman had a thrilling victory against Spanish Fort, taking down Chris Duran in a tiebreaker, 15-8. He also had a victory by pin and a forfeit.

At 160, Ryan Spradley went 3-1 with his only loss coming against the Toros. Spradley had a first-period pin against Fort Payne’s Noah Tidmore, defeated Central’s Elijah Hall in a 15-0 technical fall and also won by forfeit versus Northview.

Ryan Green finished with a winning record also, going 3-1 at 220. Green pinned Central’s Trace Gallman in just 57 seconds, and he defeated Northview’s Adrian Lewis in a narrow 7-4 decision. Green’s other win was by disqualification against Fort Payne.

Also for Bejamin Russell, Ja’Mikal Harris, Dimitri Johnson and Lee Leonard all went 2-2 at 145, 195 and 106, respectively. Jamarion Whetstone also had a victory at 120

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