Sparkman’s Akerah Artis and Reagan Grant both won singles wrestling titles, pushing Sparkman to the 2023 AHSAA Girls Wrestling championship on Friday at Bill Harris Arena in Birmingham CrossPlex.
Artis (31-0) remained undefeated this season by beating Montgomery Catholic’s Charlotte Parker to win the 145-pound title, and Grant needed just 25 seconds to beat Arab’s Autumn Boutwell in the 152-pound final. Sparkman’s Joy Hawkins also finished second at 185 pounds.
“These girls work as hard as the boys, or even harder, just to be accepted into the sport,” Sparkman coach Ronnie Watson said. “Winning this championship, it’s great.”
Sparkman scored 191 points in the two-day tournament, which featured preliminary and elimination games at Thompson High School in nearby Alabaster on Thursday. Friday’s 12 weight class championship matches were held at the CrossPlex.
Daphne finished runner-up in the team competition with 180 points as eighth-grader Alana Girard (38-2) won the 100-pound title and sophomore Kalyse Hill (35-0) won the women’s 100-pound championship. the 132 lbs. Kaylee Holder (23-3) was the runner-up at 165 pounds.
Weaver finished third, thanks in part to Lena Johannson (26-0) winning the 138-pound title.
Two Enterprise wrestlers won singles titles — Evelyn Holmes Smith (36-0) at 120 pounds and Mackenzie Shultz (33-0) at 165 pounds — to help the Wildcats finish fourth.
Pinson Valley’s Aniyah Griffin (35-0) won the most anticipated match of the day, defeating previously undefeated Hawkins (24-1) in the 185-pound final. Baldwin County’s Tamara Reed (17-0) also remained undefeated, beating Enterprise’s Mallory Ladd in under a minute in the 235-pound final.