Boys Varsity Wrestling · Gilchrist, Mellott earn spots in state wrestling championships


BIRMINGHAM – Muscle Shoals wrestlers Canon Mellott and Jacoby Gilchrist picked up wins in the second round of the consolation bracket Friday at the Class 6A wrestling sectional to earn trips to next week’s state championships in Huntsville.

Both wrestlers are competing today (Saturday) for state seedings.

Gilchrist opened the sectional with a 16-3 decision over Homewood’s Sam Sutton in the 132-pound weight class before losing to Gabe Sweat of Buckhorn in the quarterfinal round. He rebounded to pick up a 16-3 major decision over Athens’ Isaiah Unger in the consolation second round.

Mellott pinned Hartselle’s Xander Waddell in the first round of the 195-pound weight class before losing to Chanceton Holifield of Oxford in the quarterfinals. He came back in the consolation second round to pin Decatur’s Dale Hartzog.

Zack Turberville, Hunter Estis, Emiliano Carvillo, Hunter Harper, Preston Gay and Travis Turberville were eliminated after losses Friday.