|Van Alst, Coach Hunter and Castanza celebrate at the 2014
State Wrestling Championship Tournament.
Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School freshman Zachary Van Alst joined the elite of Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) wrestling as he captured his third consecutive state championship on Saturday, February 15 in Huntsville, this year capturing the title in the 113-pound weight class.
After receiving a victory by forfeit in the opening round, Van Alst recorded a technical fall in his semifinal match. He then won the state title with a 7-2 victory in the championship match to win the state title.
In his short three-year career at Montgomery Catholic, Van Alst has recorded a 130-11 overall record (including just one loss this year to the Class 6A state champion). He has also won two sectional titles to go along with his three state championships.
He was joined in Huntsville by his teammate, senior Alex Castanza making his first appearance in the state tournament. Castanza wrestled three matches, reaching the consolation semifinals before falling in the tournament.
Zach is the son of Jennifer and Bob Van Alst of Prattville. Alex is the son of Diane and Mike Castanza of Montgomery.