BY SARAH STEPHENS
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ELMORE COUNTY COMMISSION
The Elmore County Commission recognized Mason Blackwell at their work session meeting Monday. Blackwell most recently won the 2020-21 AHSAA Class 6A State Wrestling Championship in the 182-pound weight division. But that is just the latest, as he is the first wrestler at Wetumpka High to win the state championship three times.
The Commission passed a Resolution Monday in Blackwell’s honor for his accomplishments. Blackwell is a senior at Wetumpka High School and finished the season with a record of 16-0. He was also the 2018-19 Class 6A State Wrestling Champion in the 182-pound weight division. He was named the 2018-19 Class 6A State Wrestling Champion in the 170-pound division as well.
“We as a Commission made a commitment over three years ago to recognize any student in Elmore County that wins something on a state level, whether it is science fair or speech contest, or debate or sporting event,” Commission Chairman Troy Stubbs said. “In this case we have the opportunity to recognize Mason Blackwell. As we all know COVID has really placed some challenges on sporting events in the state and across the country. We are very excited and proud that the state and the AHSAA found a way to make sure that our student athletes could compete this year.
“As Wetumpka High School is in my district, I participate and follow in many of the activities of the students at Wetumpka High School. The Wrestling program at the high school has really developed over the last decade.”
Stubbs said that Mason has done a great job as a leader and is leaving the wrestling program in good hands.
“The coaches at Wetumpka High have done an excellent job,” Stubbs said.
Congratulations Mason Blackwell!