— By GREG WEBB
When the University Interscholastic League realigned the districts two years ago, Weatherford was plucked out of its “regular” grouping with Arlington and Fort Worth schools. Being the westernmost of the group, the Kangaroos were sent even further west, as the fourth member of District 2-5A, which includes Amarillo Tascosa, Lubbock Coronado and, even further east than Weatherford — Midlothian.
On Saturday, the geographically-spread district will meet at WISD’s Ninth-Grade Center, a nice arrangement for the team and its fans.
WHS wrestlers will be hard pressed to improve on last year’s district meet, when all of their wrestlers qualified for the Region I meet. That group of regional qualifiers included two district champions from the first-year girls team.
On the mat since their season began in November, the Roo wrestlers will look to dominate the district bracket.
Weigh-ins will begin at 10 a.m. at the NGC, with matches set to start around 11 a.m.
Weatherford’s head wrestling coach is Read Sanders, who is assisted by Darren Cooley.
Springtown is the only other Parker County school to participate in UIL wrestling. Though a Class 3A school (wrestling not offered in 3A for 2012-14), Springtown was grand-fathered in because the Porcupines competed in wrestling at Class 4A, before dropping into the lower classification two years ago.
District 5-4A sports eight teams and Springtown will travel to Byron Nelson High School on Saturday for their district meet.
Weatherford will not have to travel far to accommodate its regional (or state) qualifiers, with the Region I meet slated for Feb. 1 at Arlington High School. The UIL state meet, to be held Feb. 14-15, has been moved to Garland ISD’s Curtis Culwell Center for 2014.