Wrestling regions for Class AAA individual and dual competition over the next four seasons were established Tuesday by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Board of Control.
Division I will be split into Class AAA and A/AA for the first time next season.
Regions 5 and 6, based in Middle Tennessee, will have 15 teams each. Region 7, another Midstate region, will have 12.
Region 4, which includes Chattanooga, will consist of eight teams, as will Region 3.
Soddy Daisy athletics director Steve Henry offered an alternative proposal that had more balanced regions, but the TSSAA plan passed 7-1.
“Looking at the state proposal, the biggest thing that stuck out to me was the numbers,” Henry said.
Henry’s proposal put at least 10 teams in each region, with only Region 6 with more than 12. It would have pulled a handful of Midstate teams into Region 4 and sent some teams previously in Region 4 up Interstate 75 into Region 3.
“It seems like (wrestling powers) Soddy Daisy, Bradley Central and Cleveland are trying to get away from each other,” said board member Jerry Mathis, an administrator at Tullahoma, which was included in Region 4 under Henry’s proposal but will be in Region 5.
“We never have formed regions with the idea of leveling the playing field,” TSSAA assistant executive director Mark Reeves said.
BlueCross financials: The TSSAA received a check from the Cookeville/Putnam County Chamber of Commerce for $253,000 as proceeds from December’s BlueCross Bowl football championship games. That figure was approximately $5,000 less than last year’s and was attributed to reduced onsite ticket sales.
Each of the 16 schools participating received at least $3,900 — a figure based on the tickets sold at their school and a portion of the onsite ticket sales. Beech received $9,963.83 and Gordonsville $9,951.89. Each sold more than $21,000 worth of tickets to the championship games.
In other business:
* At the request of the state office, the board voted to allow Hall of Champions basketball games to begin on a Monday instead of a Tuesday and to allow host schools to retain 50 percent of the gate receipts after paying game officials. Previously, schools were required to submit 75 percent of the gate to the state office.
* A proposal submitted by Farragut to allow golf coaching from green to tee was discussed but tabled until June.
* The bowling state tournament took in $7,632.36 after expenses, an improvement over last year’s $6,360.10.
* Riverside Christian Academy in Fayetteville will leave the TSSAA at the end of the school year.
* Mike Reed was voted to another three-year term as board president, with Mathis voted to a full term as vice president.
Class AAA wrestling regions for 2013-17
Region 1: Daniel Boone, David Crockett, Dobyns Bennett, Science Hill, Tennessee, Volunteer, Cocke County, Jefferson County, Morristown East, Morristown West.
Region 2: Anderson County, Clinton, Gibbs, Karns, Knoxville Central, Knoxville Halls, Powell, Hardin Valley, Bearden, Farragut, Knoxville West.
Region 3: Sevier County, Seymour, South Doyle, Cumberland County, Heritage, Maryville, Stone Memorial, William Blount.
Region 4: Cleveland, McMinn County, Rhea County, Walker Valley, East Hamilton, Bradley Central, Ooltewah, Soddy Daisy.
Region 5: Coffee County, Franklin County, Lawrence County, Lincoln County, Shelbyville, Tullahoma, Warren County, Cookeville, LaVergne, Oakland, Siegel, Smyrna, Stewarts Creek, Blackman, Riverdale.
Region 6: Brentwood, Centennial, Dickson County, Franklin, Independence, Ravenwood, Summit, Hillsboro, Antioch, Cane Ridge, Glencliff, Hillwood, Hunters Lane, McGavock, Overton.
Region 7: Beech, Hendersonville, Springfield, Lebanon, Wilson Central, Mt. Juliet, Clarksville, Northeast, Northwest, Kenwood, Rossview, West Creek.
Region 8: Arlington, Bartlett, Bolton, Brighton, Cordova, Kingsbury, Millington, Colllierville, Germantown, Houston, Ridgeway, Southwind.