<p>By Joshua Price/Sports Editor<br /><br />Gadsden City High School sophomore wrestling phenom Hannah Gladden has one goal this summer – the Olympics.<br /><br />The 138-pound wrecking ball competed in three wrestling tournaments during April and May, vying for a spot on the United States’ women’s national team. Gladden placed first in two of the events and third in another to earn a spot in</p>

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

Gadsden City High School sophomore wrestling phenom Hannah Gladden has one goal this summer – the Olympics.

The 138-pound wrecking ball competed in three wrestling tournaments during April and May, vying for a spot on the United States’ women’s national team. Gladden placed first in two of the events and third in another to earn a spot in

Gladden sets eyes on '16 Olympics

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

Gadsden City High School sophomore wrestling phenom Hannah Gladden has one goal this summer – the Olympics.

The 138-pound wrecking ball competed in three wrestling tournaments during April and May, vying for a spot on the United States’ women’s national team. Gladden placed first in two of the events and third in another to earn a spot in

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Gadsden City High School wrestler Hannah Gladden (left) applies a choke hold to an opponent on April 28. Messenger photo file.Gadsden City High School wrestler Hannah Gladden (left) applies a choke hold to an opponent on April 28. Messenger photo file.

Gladden scores big win in tourney

Gadsden City High School sophomore Hannah Gladden placed first in both folk-style and freestyle during the Pigeon Forge Wrestling Classic in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on April 28. 

Gladden pinned all four of her opponents (all females) in the 140-pound weight division.

Over 400 wrestlers competed in the annual event.

Gladden plans to attend the annual national women’s match in Lakeland, Florida on May…

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Gladden is nothing short of a competitor

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

Hannah Gladden insists she is just a “normal student.” The Gadsden City High School sophomore takes “normal student” classes, has “normal student” friends and has “normal student” hobbies. Most argue that Gladden is more than just a “normal student.”

Gladden is the only female student-athlete in Etowah County, and possibly in the state, who competes in

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Southside mauls Springville, 76-0

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

Southside earned eight pins, one decision and four forfeits en route to a 76-0 bashing of Springville on Jan. 24.

Landon Thompson (113 pounds), Gabe Gilbert (120 pounds), Haden Ryals (132 pounds), Brannon Estes (138 pounds), Adam Pierce (145 pounds), Kade Kitchens (152 pounds), Dalton Vaughn (160 pounds) and Chase Matthews (170 pounds) each earned pinfall

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Southside wrestling hosts "Senior Night"

 By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

Southside wrestling celebrated “Senior Night” on Jan. Senior Panthers and their parents were recognized by the crowd prior to their match with Springville.

Dalton Vaughn is in his fourth year of wrestling. He has earned 14 pins thus far this season. He plans to attend Gadsden State in the fall.

Trey Whorton is in his first

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