Calera wrestler in championship match

By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor

Calera High School sophomore Coby Mize will become the first wrestler in school history to compete in a state championship match when he takes the mat Feb. 18 on the final day of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 4A-1A state tournament at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.

Mize earned his trip to the 160-pound championship match with two wins on the opening day of the AHSAA Class 4A-1A state tournament.

Mize pinned Stevie Jones of American Christian in 1:03 in his 160-pound quarterfinal match. Mize pinned Alan Santana of Cleburne County in 4:43 in his 160-pound semifinal match.

Teammate Danny Diaz reached the 220-pound consolation semifinal before dropping a 7-2 decision to Arthur Frawley of Saint James in the consolation semifinal match.

Shelby County High School junior Chase Weeks will wrestle in the 152-pound consolation final on the final day of the AHSAA Class 5A state tournament.

Weeks dropped his opening match in the tournament following a 14-0 major decision setback against Trey Moore of Hayden.

Weeks bounced back by pinning Austin Underwood of Mortimer Jordan in 1:10 in his first consolation match before earning a forfeit against Josh Highland of Tallassee in his consolation semifinal.

Chelsea High School’s David Downard reached the heavyweight consolation semifinal in the AHSAA Class 5A state tournament before dropping an 8-0 major decision against Ryan Harris of Arab in his consolation semifinal match.