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‘Cats back on the mat

Published 10:07am Friday, January 4, 2013

By Ed Bailey

With postseason play a month away, the Benjamin Russell Wildcats will be looking to pin down a strong showing in the Scott Rorher Invitational.
The 20-team tournament will be heavy on individual-based action and according to BRHS head wrestling coach Andrew Campbell, it’s exactly what his team needs to start gearing up for what awaits next month.
“It’s going to be very competitive,” Campbell said. “We haven’t been in an individual-based tournament since the Swede Umbach Invitational at the beginning of December so we need this tournament and some of the best competition we will see at state, will be in this tournament.”
Other schools that will be represented at the tournament include Hoover, Thompson, Auburn, Opelika, Mountain Brook, Prattville, Clay-Chalkville and Vestavia Hills.
In addition to the playoff-type atmosphere, Campbell said another benefit of the tournament would be a chance to see where the team is and how far or close to where it wants to be.
“It’s a great tournament because it’s so competitive and we can see how we stack up against the best teams in the state from an individual basis,” Campbell said. “It’ll give us a chance to see what we need to improve on and what we’re doing right.”
Campbell is looking for strong showings from his four seniors: Gavin Fuller, Devante Stamps, Logan Clark and Blake Chappell.
Additionally, Campbell wants to see a strong outing from Cody Padgett, who is clear to get back on the mat following a bout with the flu over the break.
“Illness has gotten a bunch of us down,” he said. “I’m really hoping he (Padgett) has a good showing. He’s been sick with the flu over Christmas. Chappell was out a week and a half with the flu, too.”
Hoover High School will serve as host to the Scott Rorher Invitational.