Thompson wrestling taking on all comers

Members of the Thompson wrestling team celebrate after capturing their fourth-straight AHSAA Class 6A State Championship in February. The team is looking to defend the title during the upcoming school year. (File)

Members of the Thompson wrestling team celebrate after capturing their fourth-straight AHSAA Class 6A State Championship in February. The team is looking to defend the title during the upcoming school year. (File)

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – The Thompson High School wrestling team will take on a gamut of national competition during the upcoming school year in its quest for a fifth-straight state championship.

During its special-called July 25 meeting, the Alabaster Board of Education approved a slate of out-of-state field trips to allow the Warrior wrestlers to travel to competitions as far away as Kansas City.

In February, the team captured its fourth-straight state championship by posting a score of 186-150 over runner-up Vestavia Hills High School with individual weight class titles being taken by Riley Pike, Jaden Hunter and T.J. Rayam.

The School Board approved the out-of-state competition trips for the team for the following dates and locations:

-Nov. 22 – Sonoraville High School (Georgia)

-Dec. 5 – Greenville HS (South Carolina)

-Dec. 5 – Fort Walton Beach HS (Florida)

-Dec. 12 – University of Tennessee Chattanooga (Tennessee)

-Dec. 13 – Cleveland High School (Tennessee)

-Dec. 18 – Hale Arena (Kansas City, Mo.)

-Dec. 19 – Richmond Hill HS (Georgia)

-Dec. 28 – Baton Rouge Civic Center (Louisiana)

Dec. 13 – Father Ryan School (Nashville, Tenn.)

Jan. 1, 2015 – Archer HS (Georgia)

“They will be competing on the national level, so we wanted to go ahead and approve these out-of-state field trips,” Alabaster School Superintendent Dr. Wayne Vickers said during the meeting. “Our wrestling team has won four in a row, and they are looking to continue that.”