Most of the area’s Class AAA wrestling teams left Tuesday for the state tournament in Franklin, opting to go a day earlier than planned to avoid any travel issues.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — For the first time in two years, the Cleveland High School wrestling team found itself in a runner-up role entering a tournament's championship finals.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Cleveland girls' basketball coach Mindy Kiser hopes her team is a little more like the version she saw Friday night against Ooltewah, and not so much like the one she saw the first time the teams matched up this season.

The goal at Hixson High School hasn’t changed. Coach Garrick Hall and the Wildcats want to win the region wrestling tournament.

The area's busiest Tennessee campuses during signing day were Baylor and East Hamilton, which had five players each who signed scholarships Wednesday.

Tennessee's high school wrestling power balance has undergone a decided shift.

They did it at different times but in similar situations and the heavyweights led to victories for champions Cleveland and Baylor in the weekend's Tennessee state duals in Franklin.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — It's hard to say which was bigger — Cleveland's second straight pounding of Wilson Central to win the Class AAA state wrestling duals title or Baylor coming from behind to secure its first Division II crown since 2011.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — In the not-so-far past, Austin Herink would be the example of a prototypical quarterback. As football offenses have shifted to more of a read-option style — with the quarterback equally capable of running and passing — the Cleveland High School senior is now more of a throwback.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Region 4 may be the state's toughest for Class AAA wrestling, but the chances of advancing more than two to the state duals is tougher.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The Cleveland and Soddy-Daisy wrestling teams are in the Class AAA state duals semifinals while Baylor gained the Division II championship match.

The Hixson wrestling team arrived early in Franklin for the TSSAA state dual championships that begin this afternoon, but the Wildcats and the rest of the Chattanooga-area contingent have had to overcome weather issues and school closings.

All high school sporting events in the Chattanooga area were called off because of Tuesday's snowstorm, creating more scheduling problems on top of those caused previously by unusually cold temperatures.

Wilson Central never has won a state wrestling championship, and the upstart Wildcats were on the short end of a record-setting 78-4 beatdown a year ago.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — It didn't take too long for Cleveland senior Kendrick Thompson to reach his initial goal Friday night against rival Bradley Central.

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