2007 Wrestling Tournament Summaries


January 27, 2007

Branson Youth Wrestling Tournament

The Mighty Bluebirds went to the Branson Youth Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, January 27th and came away with amazing results. The Bluebirds crowned four Champions at the Branson Youth Wrestling Tournament and had a couple near misses for additional Championships. Champions of the tournament included Layne Hatcher, who went 5-0 at the 8 & Under, 70 pound class including four pins and in a superior decision, Michael Pugh won the 10 & Under 60 pound division with four wins and four pins, Kevin Knox won the 10 & Under 70 pound class with four wins including three pins and Cole Cooper won all four of his matches in the 10 & Under 75 pound class with four pins. Just missing a Championship were Jackson Marchant at the 10 & Under 70 pound class, who finished 2nd and was ahead of his wrestler in the third period 6-0 when he got caught in a headlock and was pinned. Joshua Best also took 2nd and was dominating his opponent in the finals when he got disqualified for using an illegal move. Also finishing 2nd in the tournament were Tristian Nelson at 8 & Under at 65 pounds who finished the tournament with three wins and one loss, Joshua Ayliffe took 2nd place at 8 & Under 55 pounds and Alex Denker took 2nd place in the 12 & Under class at 80 pounds. Placing third was Allen Searvogel at the 10 & Under 60 pound class and Austin Blair took 3rd at heavyweight in the 10 & Under class. The Bluebirds dominated the tournament and put Arkansas wrestling on the map.

February 3, 2007

Mighty Bluebird Wrestling Tournament

The Mighty Bluebirds hosted their first ever wrestling tournament on February the 3rd, 2007. The Bluebirds did extremely well in the tournament with several of the Bluebirds winning their weight classes. They included:

* Joshua Ayliffe, 2nd Place at 55 pounds Kind.-2nd Grade

* Joshua Best, 1st Place at 60 pounds 3rd – 5th Grade

* Layne Hatcher, 1st Place at 70 pounds Kind. – 2nd Grade

* Tristian Nelson, 1st Place at 65 pounds Kind. – 2nd Grade

* Jackson Marchant, 1st Place at 75 pounds 3rd – 5th Grade

* Cole Cooper, 2nd Place at 75 pounds 3rd – 5th Grade

* Michael Pugh, 1st Place at 65 pounds 3rd – 5th Grade

* Kevin Knox, 1st Place at 70 pounds 3rd – 5th Grade

March 3, 2007

Russellville Wrestling Tournament

The Mighty Bluebirds made it a clean sweep in Russellville with five wrestlers competing and all five wrestlers going unbeaten and winning the tournament in their weight divisions. Joshua Ayliffe won all three of his matches, two by a pin to win the 50 pound weight division. Joshua Best won all three of his matches by a pin to win the 60 pound weight division. Layne Hatcher won all four of his matches two by pin and one by technical fall to win the 80 pound weight division. Kevin Knox won all three of his matches on the way to winning the 70 pound weight division and Jackson Marchant won all three of his matches two by a pin to win the 75 pound weight division. Kevin Knox and Joshua Best were named the Outstanding Wrestlers in their respective categories for the tournament.

* Joshua Ayliffe, 1st Place at 50 pounds

* Joshua Best, 1st Place at 60 pounds and Outstanding Wrestler

* Layne Hatcher, 1st Place at 80 pounds

* Kevin Knox, 1st Place at 70 pounds and Outstanding Wrestler

* Jackson Marchant, 1st Place at 75 pounds

* Cole Cooper, 2nd Place at 75 pounds 3rd – 5th Grade

* Michael Pugh, 1st Place at 65 pounds 3rd – 5th Grade

April 7, 2007

Brute-Adidas Nationals Tournament Kansas City

The Mighty Bluebirds attended their first ever National Wrestling Tournament in Kansas City for the Adidas/Brute National Championships. It’s the first year that they offered National Championships for grades 1st thru 8th grade as they have been offering National Championships in the 9th thru 12th grade for several years. The Bluebirds did amazingly well for a first year wrestling club. Layne Hatcher led the way winning the National Championship in the 1st grade division at 68 pounds. He won his first match over the Kansas State Champion by a score of 10-4, he won his second match 7-2, and in the finals he pinned his opponent in the first round in 25 seconds with a headlock. He is the 1st National Champion in Arkansas history and was named an Adidas/Brute All-American. For his three decisive victories he was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the 1st Grade Division for all the weight classes.

In addition, Jackson Marchant, finished 6th at 75 pounds in the third grade division and was named an Adidas/Brute All-American. Cole Cooper finished 7th in the 75 pound division. Joshua Best finished 7th in the 60 pound division and Joshua Ayliffe finished 8th in the 55 pound second grade division, all being named Adidas/Brute All-Americans as they recognized the top 8 wrestlers as All-Americans.

Kevin Knox and Michael Pugh also wrestled in the tournament, but ran into some extremely tough wrestlers as both have had an outstanding wrestling season for their first year with the Bluebirds winning many tournaments. You can be assured that the Bluebirds will be returning for next year’s National Meet and look forward to working harder this off season.

* Layne Hatcher, 1st Place at 68 pounds

* Jackson Marchant, 6th Place at 75 pounds

* Cole Cooper, 7th Place at 75 pounds

* Joshua Best, 7th Place at 60 pounds

* Joshua Ayliffe, 8th Place at 55 pounds

Brute-Adidas Nationals Tournament Kansas City Results:

* 1st Grade Division

* 2nd Grade Division

* 3rd Grade Division

November 3, 2007

Versus Open Wrestling Tournament Broken Arrow, OK

The Mighty Bluebirds attended their first tournament of the year in Broken Arrow, OK for the Versus Open Wrestling Tournament. Although the numbers were not large for this tournament the competition was extremely difficult as the kind of kids that were out wrestling in Oklahoma in early November were the ones who were serious about it and primarily wrestled only. The Bluebirds took six wrestlers to the tournament and came away with one 1st Place finish, a 2nd Place finish, and two 3rd Place finishes. Layne Hatcher won the 75 pound division for 8 & Under with all three wins by coming by pin in the first round. Layne’s tournament was highlighted when he beat a wrestler who had finished 3rd in the Reno World Championships when he pinned him with a cow throw in the first period. Layne got off to a great start after winning last years National Championship in Kansas City.

Jackson Marchant finished 2nd at the 80 pound weight division for 10 & Under. Because the tournament was small they combined the 80 & 85 pound weight divisions and Jackson was beaten by a wrestler who most likely weighed 85 pounds. An All-American last year, Jackson finished the tournament 1-1 making the finals with four wrestlers in his weight class.

Michael Pugh wrestled at the 10 & Under weight class for 70 pounds and finished the tournament with two wins and one loss. His one loss came to an All-American and he rebounded with two quality wins.

Joshua Ayliffe, Hunter Jones, and Tristian Nelson all wrestled two matches and came away with no victories, but gained valuable experience wrestling the very tough Oklahoma competition.

This was the first tournament that 4-Time NCAA Champion, Coach Pat Smith attended and it was the second tournament that former Alma College collegiate coach, Bruce Dickey attended. The Bluebirds now support the strongest coaching staff in youth wrestling in the nation.

* Layne Hatcher, 1st Place at 75 pounds

* Jackson Marchant, 2nd Place at 80 pounds

* Michael Pugh , 3rd Place at 70 pounds

November 16-17th, 2007

Cliff Keen Kick Off Classic Tulsa, OK

The Bluebirds attended the Cliff Keen Kick Off Classic in Tulsa, OK on November 16th and 17th. The tournament had over 2,000 youth wrestlers and was as tough of a national tournament as any in the country. Kids wrestled from all 50 states and the Bluebirds faired well against the toughest competition in the country. Layne Hatcher led the way for the Bluebirds finishing 4th at 8 & Under in the 75 pound bracket. Wrestlers were awarded medals who finished in the top 6 places. Layne received a bye in the first round, pinned his first opponent in a front headlock in the first period kind of lost a decision to the eventual Champion in the 3rd round, pinned his next opponent in the 1st round with a headlock and then lost a heartbreaker for 3rd place in his final match. Although he finished 4th he proved that he could wrestle with the best wrestlers in the country and was just a move or two away from winning the entire tournament.

Little Jonny Jackson a 6 year old at 43 pounds won two matches and lost two matches during the tournament. His last match was an All-American match where if he’d have won it he would have finished in the top six places, but fell just a little short. Jackson Marchant also won a match in the Championship round winning his first match and then losing his next two before being eliminated from the tournament. Michael Pugh lost his first two matches and was eliminated from the tournament, but did very well on the hard luck bracket winning both matches among wrestlers who had lost their first two matches of the day. Overall, the Bluebirds got 7 wins against the toughest competition and found out just how high the bar is nationally.

* Layne Hatcher, 4th Place at 75 pounds

December 2nd, 2007

Seneca Youth Wrestling Tournament Seneca, MO

The Bluebirds made a fine showing at the Seneca Youth Wrestling Tournament in Seneca, MO. The Bluebirds started off on a roar with Joshua Ayliffe, Tristian Nelson, and Layne Hatcher going 10-0 with all three wrestlers winning the tournament at the 8 & Under division. Joshua Ayliffe won all four of his matches to win the 60 pound weight class, Tristian Nelson won all three of his matches to win the 70 pound weight class, and Layne Hatcher pinned all three of his opponents to win the 75 pound weight class.

In the afternoon, in the 10 & Under division Michael Pugh went undefeated in four matches to win the 70 pound weight class at 10 & Under, which included two pins. Layne Hatcher, wrestling up to get more matches in the 10 & Under division also won his weight class winning all five matches by pins. Jackson Marchant went 2-3 at 10 & Under at 75 pounds to finish 3rd while Tristian Nelson and Joshua Ayliffe wrestling up to gain more matches in the 10 & Under class finished 4th and 5th respectively at their weight classes. It was crystal clear that the Bluebirds are improving each and every week. Finally, newcomer Collin Condit won two matches and lost two matches in his 100 pound weight class at 12 & Under to finish 3rd in his division.

* Michael Pugh, 1st Place at 70 pounds

* Layne Hatcher, 1st Place at 75 pounds, 8 & Under

* Layne Hatcher, 1st Place at 75 pounds, 10 & Under

* Jackson Marchant, 3rd Place at 75 pounds

* Joshua Ayliffe, 1st Place at 60 pounds, 8 & Under

* Joshua Ayliffe, 5th Place at 60 pounds, 10 & Under

* Tristian Nelson, 1st Place at 70 pounds, 8 & Under

* Tristian Nelson, 4th Place at 70 pounds, 10 & Under

* Collin Condit, 3rd Place at 100 pounds

December 15, 2007

Kearney Youth Wrestling Open Tournament Kearney, MO

The Mighty Bluebird wrestling team stormed through Kearney, Missouri placing 6 out of 8 wrestlers in the tournament. Layne Hatcher won the 8 & Under 75 pound class and also finished 3rd wrestling up in the 10 & up 75 pound class. Newcomer Tyler Phillips finished 3rd in his first ever tournament including getting a revenge victory against a wrestler who had beaten him earlier in the tournament by beating him 16-1 for his 3rd place finish. He literally improved that much throughout the day. Tyler Mann, another newcomer, took 4th in the tournament and let everybody know that there will not be a wrestler who can match his strength this year. As he learns his moves he will only get better and better. Michael Pugh ran into some tough competition and finished 4th at 70 pounds in the 10 & under class and Joshua Ayliffe took 4th place at the 8 & Under 58 pound class. Finally, getting his first two wins and finishing 4th at 10 & Under 58 pounds was Hunter Jones.

* Michael Pugh, 4th Place at 70 pounds

* Layne Hatcher, 1st Place at 75 pounds, 8 & Under

* Layne Hatcher, 3rd Place at 75 pounds, 10 & Under

* Hunter Jones, 4th Place at 60 pounds

* Joshua Ayliffe, 4th Place at 60 pounds, 8 & Under

* Tyler Phillips, 3rd Place at 100 pounds, 10 & Under

* Tyler Mann, 4th Place at 100 pounds, 10 & Under

December 22, 2007

Sapulpa Christmas Classic Youth Wrestling Tournament Sapulpa, OK

The Mighty Bluebirds had a fantastic showing at the Sapulpa Christmas Classic Wrestling Tournament. Layne Hatcher led the way winning the 8 year old, 75 pound division and then wrestling up and winning the 10 year old 75 pound wrestling division. He went 6-0 for the tournament. Jonny Jackson won the 43 pound, 6 & under division, while beating his opponent handily in the finals. Newcomers, Tyler Mann and Tyler Phillips continue to have outstanding showings finishing 2nd in just their 2nd tournament as Bluebirds. Joshua Ayliffe continued to wrestle well and finished 2nd in the 8 & under finals at 58 pounds. Jackson Marchant ran into some very stiff competition and finished 4th at 10 & under at 75 pounds. The Bluebirds are beginning to make their presence known throughout Oklahoma, Missouri, and Tennessee.

* Layne Hatcher, 1st Place at 75 pounds, 8 & Under

* Layne Hatcher, 3rd Place at 75 pounds, 10 & Under

* Jonny Jackson, 1st Place at 43 pounds

* Joshua Ayliffe, 2nd Place at 58 pounds, 8 & Under

* Tyler Phillips, 2nd Place at 100 pounds, 10 & Under

* Tyler Mann, 2nd Place at 100 pounds, 10 & Under

* Jackson Marchant, 4th Place at 75 pounds, 10 & Under