Words by Jenny Lynn Davis | Images courtesy Dora High School and AHSAA
Recently Alabama State Rep. Matt Woods honored the Dora High School wrestling team on its victory in in the Class 1A-4A Wrestling Duals championship, the first state wrestling title in school history.
Dora (33-2) took a strong lead in the championship, winning six of the first eight individual matches the team faced. However, Ranburne High School came back, winning four matches in a row, including three pinfall victories. Despite this, Dora remained determined, and Jayden Rouse’s win in the 126-pound match put the Bulldogs back in the lead.
The championship came down to the final match, with senior wrestler Peyton Hallman securing the victory in the 132-pound match. This historic win has been hailed as a testament to the team’s talent, dedication, and sportsmanship.
Subsequent to the victory, Rep. Woods presented the team with Resolution HIR246, commending the team’s accomplishments at a state level.
“We appreciate all of the well-deserved accolades being shown to our team for being the first State Champions at Dora High School,” said Dora principal Paige Abner. “This special team set a goal and worked hard to achieve it! It has been a joy and a blessing to be a part of such a great time that I know we will all remember for years to come.” WL