Dadeville’s RJ Ford picked up three straight victories en route to earning first place at the Hornet Slam 5 last weekend at Beauregard. After receiving a bye, Ford earned back-to-back pins then eked out a narrow decision to earn the 138-pound title.
Ford had victories by fall against Reeltown’s Collin Carleton and Beauregard’s Zayden Adams. He then went to battle with Russell County’s Isaiah Moy and earned an 8-6 victory in the first-place match.
For Reeltown, the top finisher was Tanner Hill at 120 pounds. Hill received a bye through the first round before earning a pin against Jake Bryant, of Pike Road, in the quarterfinals. Hill then fell to Tallassee’s Samuel Freeman but he battled back with a win over teammate Jackson Hornsby. After an up-and-down day, Hill ended on a high note by flattening Russell County’s Cameron Reese to take third place overall.
At 138, Carleton advanced to the quarterfinals after a pin against Tallassee’s Colin Griggs before falling to Ford. Carleton then made it to the third round of consolations by defeated Brewbaker Tech’s John Talley with a 10-2 major.
Reeltown’s Carson Baker also had a strong performance, going 3-2 on the day at 145. He had pins against Enterprise’s Tanner Rogers, Opelika’s Conner Smith and Beauregard’s Michael Harry. Baker eventually fell in the consolation semifinals to Park Crossing’s Deonta Kelly-White.
At 170, Caleb Gantt had two victories on the mat, pinning Enterprise’s Kross Kyser and Charles Henderson’s Damorris Pollard. And at 182, La’brian Ponds’ only victory of the day came against Russell County’s Jimmy Cornelius, whom he pinned.