Wiggins finishes fourth at state and for the season 34-7 for the Bulldogs
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Sophomore Dalton Wiggins finished third at 160 pounds in the Class 1A-4A tournament at the AHSAA state wrestling tournament in Huntsville Saturday. As the third place finisher in the South Super Sectional tournament in Montgomery the previous weekend, Wiggins opened the state tournament in the quarterfinal round against Christian Knop of Alexandria, No. 2 from the North Super Sectional, and won a 7-3 decision.

The win over Knop pitted Wiggins against the No. 1 from the South, eventual 160-pound champion B.J. Thomas of Tallassee. Thomas downed Wiggins 18-8 then won in the championship match on an 18-2 technical fall.

The loss to Thomas sent Wiggins to the consolation bracket semifinals where he defeated Alex Castanza of Montgomery Catholic in a tie-breaker 6-4. Wiggins had beaten Castanza 2-1 a week earlier in the South Super Sectional consolation finals for third place.

In the consolation final, the match for third place, Wiggins defeated Kenny Brady of Ashville 6-4.

“Honestly, I feel like if he had been in the bottom half of the bracket he would have finished second. He ran into the state champion in the second round, the semifinals, so that put him in the consolation bracket,” Ranburne coach Jay Harlan said. “After seeing everybody there, I feel like he was the second best there. He just got put in the wrong bracket. I thought he wrestled as good as he had all year.”

Harlan said while Wiggins was pleased with finishing the 2014 season with a medal at the state tournament, he was already thinking about next year.

“I think it got him even more excited about next year. He’s expecting to win it all next year is what he told me,” Harland said.

Wiggins was fourth at state in his weight class in 2013 as a freshman and third this year as a sophomore.

“He told me he was going to skip second as a junior and go straight to first,” Harlan said.

Wiggins ended the season 34-7.
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