The adjacent gym where Tate High’s wrestling team practices will soon get new signage.
There’s a district championship banner to display. More district champions to honor. A team photo to hang as keepsake.
This weekend, the Aggies have a chance to add more.
Tate has 10 wrestlers, including six district winners and a runnerup, competing in the Region 1-2A championship at Tallahassee-Chiles High. The last time a Tate wrestler advanced from regionals was Tony Wiggins in 2012, then 2009 with three state qualifiers.
“Because of our number one seeds (district champs), we have potential to take a lot of kids to state,” said Tate’s second-year coach Reggie Allen, a former prep and collegiate wrestler, who guided Tate to the school’s first district title.
“But at this stage of the game, everybody who walks in the door (to compete) has a medal,” Allen said.
Four schools from the Pensacola area will have representation in the region championship. Gulf Breeze has a district winners with Tannen Slack at 170 pounds and Noah Losievsky at 132, along with three district runnerups.
Pace has a district champion with Travis Thompson, two district runnerups, as well as eight who advanced as third or fourth place finishers at district.
Milton has district runnerup Hunter Hall at heavyweight and two other wrestlers advanced.
In the region, there are 16 wrestlers in each of the 14 weight classes. To advance to the state tournament as one of the top four, it requires winning at least three matches.
“We have quite a few champions (9) going in region between us, Gulf Breeze and Pace,” said Allen, formerly the Pace coach. “It is a different beast now at region with these lighter weight classes … If you can walk out as region champ, now you are a one (seed) at state.”
For the Aggies, Gavan McAnally at 220, who played football for Tate, is viewed as the best chance for a region champion.
“What he worked on this offseason was his takedown,” Allen said. “Gavin has a weapon now at takedown. He has weapons like a lighter weight-class wrestler has.”
Other district champs heading in as No. 1 seeds for Tate are Jacob Cochran at 105, Alex Porter at 113, Tanner Wood at 126, Logan Womack at 152 and Juan Alverez at 160.
The competition begins Friday and the final eight wrestlers in each weight class will compete on the final day Saturday at Chiles.
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WHAT: Region 1-2A Wrestling Championship
WHEN: Friday-Saturday. First matches are Friday morning.
WHERE: Chiles High, Tallahassee.
WHO: There are 32 wrestlers from the Pensacola area, including 10 from district champ Tate High. The top four from each weight advance to state championship meet.
ON WEB: Live scoring on www.trackwrestling.com