Anderson County High’s Stone Cummins dominates in overtime for the title
Anderson County High School’s Stone Cummins took the top prize in the state wrestling championship meet on Feb. 26.
Cummins walked away as the 2020-2021 Heavyweight Class AAA State Champion after the match went to overtime. He and his opponent —Walker Valley’s Jadon Langford — were tied 1-1 going into overtime, but Cummins pulled away to win 3-1.
Cummins said he’s just happy that he made everyone proud.
“I’m excited to be back, but it doesn’t really feel any different,” he said. “It’s a cool deal to be a champion, but it’s a cool deal for Coach Sloan, too, since it’s his first ever. I wanted to make sure I got it done for him and my dad, and it was awesome for me to be able to make them happy.”
Cummins said that getting to hug his dad and his coach was just as exciting at the final pin.
“When I go the final takedown, it was super exciting. When I heard the ref yell two, that was amazing. Getting to run over and hug Dad and Coach Sloan though – that was amazing, too.”
When asked if he had anyone he specifically wanted to thank, he said there were too many to name them all.
“Coach Tate Holmes for sure, and all the people at AC. There’s just too many people for me to mention and thank. Really. I want to thank everyone for everything they’ve done for me, including all the numerous hours that Dad and Coach Sloan and Coach Tate have all put in to get me where I am.”
Cummins recently signed with Coe College in Iowa, where he plans to wrestle and play football.
“The goal is to be a two-sport All-American,” said Cummins. “That’s what I want to do, and I want to make the coaches up there happy like I’ve made the coaches here happy.”