MOUNTAIN BROOK, AL — It’s been a staple of the Ft Walton Beach schedule to go to at least one tournament in Alabama in December.
This year, Mountain Brook’s Spartan Invitational was that tournament, and the Vikings walked away with five top-4 individual finishes, and a fourth-place team finish as well, this weekend.
Ft Walton Beach compiled 150.5 points in the 18-team tournament, in which the Vikings were one of only two non-Alabama teams in the field. The hosts held off Scottsboro, 251-216, for the team title, with Arab third (193) and Vestavia Hills fifth (149.5).
Leading the charge for Ft Walton Beach with individual titles were Zak Vosburgh (113) and Cedric Fairrow (195).
Vosburgh was unseeded going in, but ran the table with Friday victories over Hoover (pin in 1:20) and the third-seeded wrestler from Arab (7-2 win). On Saturday, Vosburgh won by fall twice, with a first-period fall over Moody (1:20) in the semis and second-period fall over St Clair County’s Logan Samples (3:33) in the championship match.
After a move-in from Illinois and third-place finish at 220 in the 2A state tournament last year, Fairrow put some fear in the hearts of some 195s statewide by making the drop this weekend. And, after a bye into the quarters, the top-seeded Fairrow seemed none the worse for wear, with a Friday quarterfinal pin over Vestavia Hills and Saturday wins over Chelsea (:51, semis) and tech fall over Arab’s Jonathan Pugh (16-1 in 5:13) in the title round.
At 182, Carter Tobik was one of two unseeded wrestlers to reach the finals, going 4-1 on the weekend, with Friday wins over Oxford (pin in 1:10), Villa Rica GA (13-6 decision) and Scottsboro (pin in 1:12), plus a 12-9 semifinal win over Brookwood, before losing by fall to Mountain Brook’s Allen Baker, who had five pins.
Adding fourths for Ft Walton Beach were Marquis Muniz (160) and Darius Brundidge (170). Muniz lost twice to a Chelsea wrestler in the quarters and again in the medal round, with four victories otherwise, while Brundidge was a semifinalist and knocked off the top seed in the quarters, with three victories on the weekend.
Ft Walton Beach is now off until December 20, when the Vikings will host their two-day Beast of the Beach duals tournament.
You can see complete brackets and team scores from this tournament HERE.