Arab’s wrestling team didn’t get the chance to host its invitational last weekend because of the storms. The decision to cancel looks good in hindsight considering the damage done in this area.
But the team did get to host David Crockett (Tenn.) and Buckhorn in a pair of dual matches on Thursday. David Crockett, in town for the invitational, wrestled the Knights before the Arab student body.
In those Thursday matches, new-comer Christian Eaton, who came out in Dec-ember, showed enough in a pair of JV matches that he’s ready to join the varsity, perhaps as early as this week.
Eaton won by pin in a JV match against David Crockett at 184 pounds then won by pin again against Buckhorn at 195.
Arab assistant coaches said privately that Eaton probably would be wrestling on the varsity team (at 184 pounds) before the Knights competed again. They also said his late emergence gives the Knights their strongest lineup so far this season.
The next action would have been Thursday at Jasper in the Class 1A-5A State Duals quarterfinals.
But Arab added late matches last night against Muscle Shoals and Hartselle at Hartselle.
As for the Duals quarterfinals, Region 8 champ Arab takes on Region 7 runner-up Corner while Region 7 champion Jasper takes on Madison County. Both matches start at 6 p.m.
The winners will meet afterward to decide which team advances to Tuesday’s semifinals.t’s TBA.
• News and notes regarding college football, including Monday’s title game:
• Auburn has hired Jack Bicknell Jr. to be its new offensive line coach. He’s the son of Jack Bicknell, who coached Doug Flutie at Boston College.
The son has a good repuation and vast coaching experience at the college and pro level.
• Make no mistake. LSU took heavy punches from Clemson at the start of both halves Monday. LSU took the punches and rolled with them, as the Bayou Bengals have done all season, winning the national title with a 42-25 win.
As many have stated during the 24 hours following the game, this is a historic college football team, like the Tigers or not. Consider the following, grabbed from numerous sources, including Cole Cubelic.
LSU beat five of the final eight top teams in college football. LSU also beat No. 13 Auburn, which almost certainly would have made the Top 10 had it won its bowl game. (Here’s the final AP Top 25: 1-LSU 2-Clemson 3-Ohio State 4-Georgia 5-Oregon 6-Florida 7-Oklahoma 8-Bama 9-Penn State 10-Minnesota 11-Wisconsin 12-NotreDame 13-Auburn 14-Baylor 15-Iowa 16-Utah 17-Memphis 18-Michigan 19-Appalachian State 20–Navy 21-Cincinnati 22-Air Force 23-Boise 24-Central Florida 25-Texas.)
Here’s something else: LSU is the first team to beat the top four teams in the preseason AP poll (Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma) and did so convincingly.