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Stamps leads way for ‘Cats impressive showing in Scott Rohrer Invitational

Published 10:24am Tuesday, January 8, 2013

By Ed Bailey

The Scott Rohrer Invitational has come and gone and the major takeaways from it for the Benjamin Russell Wildcats wrestling team are two huge performances by seniors Devante Stamps and Charles Chappell.
Stamps ran roughshod over the 147-pound division, taking home first place after coming out victorious in a 5-4 decision over Southside High School’s Hayden Rials.
Stamps’ senior season continues to be impressive as his record now stands at 33-1.
Chappell dominated for much of the 184-pound championship rounds before dropping a close 6-5 decision to Clay-Chalkville’s Nicholas Weldon in the finals, securing second place.
Chappell, whose record stands at 22-3, led the Wildcat grapplers with four pins, with two of them coming during the championship rounds.
Stamps had two pins during the tournament.
Fellow seniors Logan Clark and Gavin Fuller also placed during the invitational.
Clark won fifth place in the 154-pound division, defeating Kevin Moran of Catholic High School by a 3-1 decision.
Clark’s record is currently 28-7.
Fuller, now 23-10 on the year, was forced to settle for a sixth-place finish in the 134-pound division after dropping a match to Matthew Mire of Catholic, ending up on the short end of a 8-3 decision.
Freshman Daniel Bland performed well, earning two pins and getting an eighth place finish in the 287-pound division after losing to senior Gregory Johnson of Opelika High School in a 7-5 decision.
Bland had two pins in the tournament as his record went to 18-12.
Next for the Benjamin Russell Wildcats will be a home tie-up versus the Cougars of Clay-Chalkville High School this Thursday at BRHS.

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