State wrestling tournament coming back to Chattanooga

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / Bradley Central 138-pound wrestler Taron Patterson shoots a takedown attempt against Baylor's Garrison Dewdy during Baylor's home wrestling match against Bradley Central high school on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

After a 12-year absence, the TSSAA state wrestling tournament is returning to Chattanooga. Due to the Williamson County Expo Center - which has hosted the past 11 state tournaments - being used as a COVID-19 testing center, the TSSAA has selected alternative sites for the upcoming wrestling state championships and announced the move on Monday.

The traditional state tournament will be held at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Feb. 18-20. The public school's Class A/AA portion of the tournament will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18, followed the next day by Division II and the girls' state tournament and finishing with the public school's Class AAA portion on Saturday, Feb. 20.

The state duals will remain in Williamson County but held at high schools within that county on Feb.