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New coach introduced for girls wrestling program

By Michael Butler

Tallassee High School will be launching a few new sports in the upcoming school year. Flag football will begin in August. Girls wrestling will follow in late fall.

As already publicized, THS girls softball coach Pat Love is leading the flag football program. Coach Jason Taylor will be over girls wrestling. It will be his first year in Tallassee, but he is no stranger to coaching.

"This will be my 14th season," Taylor said. "In my experience, I've had a dual boys and girls team when I was at Wetumpka and Montevallo. It's a big difference with girls and boys. It's good for girls to have their own thing. Female wrestling is the fastest growing sport in the United States."

Taylor with state champ Alli Tryon at Montevallo

While at Montevallo, Taylor had a female state champion. Alli Tryon won the 185-pound girls title in 2022.

Like with boys wrestling, girls will compete in different weight classes.

"Coach (John) Mask said there is anywhere between 10-12 girls who have signed up," Taylor said. "That's going to be a pretty good roster. We haven't done weights to see who's going to be where."

Regardless of it being the first year for an all-girls team, Taylor understands the high bar with wrestling in Tallassee.

"We joke that wrestling is the red-headed stepchild. It's not as popular in a lot of places. Tallassee is completely different. I do know the expectation here. I'm ready for it."