No “Wrest” for the Wicked: BJHS Wrestling


Coach Jason Edwards

Coaches Edwards and Seeley posing with the team after a highly successful match.

Janie Spalding and Laura Pate

With football and basketball season over and baseball season about to start, what is one supposed to do with their free time? The BJHS wrestling team still has a few matches left and need some support!

Coach Edwards tried something different a couple weeks ago and split the varsity team into two groups to help the younger members prepare for the upcoming years on the team.

“While it weakened our first team a bit, I am very proud of the results of both squads,” said the coach.

The second team finished 6th out of 16 at the Rumble in the Jungle (Heflin, AL) with Shane Brasher and Alex Maxwell claiming individual championships.

According to, on their January 19th meet they swept the competition with brute force, beating Spain Park 55 to 20 and Hartselle’s 60 to 18.

Micah Hatley (senior), Jesse Webster (senior), Collin Ollivier (sophomore), Melvin Gibbons (junior) and Shane Brasher (sophomore) won all 5 of their matches, and that’s not even half the team.

What does Coach Edwards think about this year’s team so far? “Greatest Highlight this season: How well they have come together as a team.  No one has taken the ‘me first’ mentality and that has been the difference this year.”