“We were low in numbers. That sort of hurt us,” said Ranburne coach Jay Harlan. “The ones who wrestled, they wrestled well.
It’s hard to compete when you don’t have that many if you’re competing for the team awards.”
Sophomore Dalton Wiggins finished second for Ranburne at 152 pounds. Wiggins got a bye in the first round, handled an Elmore County opponent in the second round then defeated Stephen Garmon of Saks in the semifinals.
He lost to Coleman Adams of tournament runner-up St. James in the championship match.
Harlan predicted the two would see each other again in the sectional finals and perhaps the state finals as well.
In addition to Wiggins, Harlan said Orbie Farlow and Noah McCord wrestled well at Weaver.
“They both had good tournaments,” he said. I think they were both one match away from wrestling for a medal.”
In a quad-match with Alexandria, Wellborn and Ohatchee on Monday at Ohatchee, Zach Eason was 3-0. Logan Otwell, Dylan Tullis and Austin Jordan each went 2-1. Otwell bumped up a weight class to 145 pounds for the day. Wiggins did not wrestle Monday.
The Bulldogs completed their December matches at Lincoln Tuesday in a tri-match that also included Moody.
“I was very pleased with (Tuesday) night,” Harlan said Wednesday. “It was a lot better. We won both those matches.”
McCord (132), Tracy Terrell (145), Wiggins (152), Tullis (180), Jordan (195) and Eason (220) each finished 2-0 at Lincoln.
Ranburne returns to competition at Cleburne County’s ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ tournament on January 4.