Two ‘Cats get top-3 finish at Swede UmbachPublished 1:12pm Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The Swede Umbach Invitational was a strong one for two Benjamin Russell grapplers, as Deon Maxwell and Daniel Bland each earned a top-3 placing at the event.
Maxwell, BRHS’ 170-pounder, continued his strong season with a 3-1 record.
The senior went 3-1 at the Swede Umbach Invitiational, claiming a decisive 18-7 decision win over Fort Walton Beach (Fla.) High School grappler Cody Dixon and earning an 8-7 decision over Michael Richardson of Jefferson Davis High School.
However, Maxwell fell in a 2-1 decision in the 170-pound final to Hewitt-Trussville wrestler Fred Denson.
Bland, the Wildcats’ heavyweight, went 4-1 during the tourney, claiming third place for himself.
Bland shined during the tournament, winning three of his matches with quick pinfalls.
Bland downed Matt Gittens of Central-Phenix City High School via pin with 11 seconds left in the opening period.
After being pinned by Opelika’s Octavious Byrd – who finished in second place – early in the final period, Bland closed his tournament with a bang.
Bland pinned Fort Walton Beach (Fla.) High School’s Joseph Pearson in 29 seconds, and outdid himself in the third-place match, pinning Hoover’s Gavin Jackson in 12 seconds.
Bland’s 12-second win is one of the fastest in school history, and the quickest victory by a heavyweight grappler in school history.
In other mat action, Michael Parker, Eron Deloney, Tae Robinson, Kashus Culpepper, Thomas Coley and Jamie Whitehead all notched at least one in the win column for BRHS.
Parker defeated Montgomery Catholic’s Gus Hodges in a 106-pound matchup.
In a 120-pound match, Deloney claimed a technical fall victory over Hoover’s Chris Howell by a score of 16-1 near the midway point of the second period.
Coley, the Wildcats’ 160-pound representative, claimed a pinfall over Russell County’s Andrew Sorrell in 42 seconds.
In the 182-pound division, Culpepper pinned Oxford’s Cole Macoy, and claimed a majority decision win over Ajani Black of Central-Phenix City.
Robinson appeared on his way to a top-4 placing after earning decision victories over Auburn’s Jonathan Kitchens and Stanhope-Elmore’s Harry Walker.
However, Robinson dropped a tie-breaker to Hudson Newton of Troup County, and that coupled with a 9-6 decision loss to Hewitt-Trussville’s Braedon Keith derailed his chances at a placing.
At this point in the season, Maxwell has a 9-2 overall record.
Bland is 8-3 on the year, and Robinson has a record of 5-2.
Culpepper is 5-6 on the year. Whitehead’s record is 3-6. Deloney is 2-6.
The Wildcats will return to the mat on Dec. 19 in a meet versus Opelika.