The latest high school wrestling program to take root in the Wiregrass of Alabama is Northside Methodist Academy in Dothan, Alabama, which has announced plans to welcome the sport this upcoming season. The Knights are entering their first year in the Alabama High School Athletic Association, the Dothan Eagle reported Wednesday.
"We will start a wrestling program this year," Northside Methodist Academy athletic director Mike Mordecai said. "We will get it going. We have gotten the OK to get it going. Some of the students are excited about it."
Northside Methodist becomes the fifth Wiregrass school to pick up the sport in the last five years in rapid succession. Northview (now Dothan High) was the first with wrestling in 2016-17. Enterprise, Charles Henderson and Houston Academy all added the sport in 2018-19.
With the addition of Northside Methodist Academy, three of the four city of Dothan high schools in the AHSAA now have wrestling. Providence Christian is the lone program without it.
"It would be great to have a Circle City wrestling championship," Mordecai said.
The NMA athletic director also announced the coaches for the new sport.
"Our head coach is going to be Justin Scott, who is also our strength and conditioning coach (at the school)," Mordecai said. "He will be assisted by Travis Robinson, who has helped start a couple of programs in this area and has a background in wrestling. I am happy to have this guy to help our program, but he is more than one of our coaches. He is an ambassador for wresting around here."
All that means even greater opportunities for young athletes to compete with success in the sport they love.