"Welcome to Crossville, wrestlers," said CCHS Coach Ron Cook.

Crossville will be hosting the 2006 State AAU Wrestling Tournament Friday and Saturday, March 24-25, in the Cumberland County High School gymnasium.

"We are expecting 1,200 wrestlers. (With their families), 6,000 people will be invading Crossville," added Cook. "We hosted the regional tournament for three years and were unanimously given the state tournament. We are hoping to do an excellent job running the state tournament."

Cumberland County will be sending 41 competitors to the state tournament. These youngsters placed first through sixth in tots, bantem, midget, junior, middle School, freshmen and high school divisions.

"Our kids earned their way into the tournament," added Cook. "Knoxville is still the hub of AAU. At one time, Crossville was the furthest team in the state when AAU started six years ago. The number has increased from 300 to 2,500 wrestlers."

Crossville, along with William Blount, Maryville, Seymour, Knox Halls and South-Doyle started AAU, and there are over 100 clubs statewide now.

"We will have the best wrestlers, the best coaches and the best TSSAA wrestlers."

Weigh-ins are Friday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. for high school and freshmen wrestlers. Tot, midget and junior divisions will weigh in from 7 to 8 a.m. Saturday, with bantem and middle school division wrestlers weighing in from 2-3 p.m. Saturday.

The high school and freshmen competition opens at 6 p.m. Friday, while the tots, midget and junior divisions will wrestler 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., with the bantem and middle school divisions beginning at 4 p.m.

Admission is $6 all day.

"I would like for the community to put out signs welcoming the AAU wrestlers," concluded Cook.

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