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In 2001, Smiths Station High School Wrestling began competition in the Alabama High School Athletic Association's 6A classification. Coach James McManus and Sgt Major Kenneth Waltz organized the first team with the help of several interested and dedicated parents including current booster club president Gil Milligan. With each season, the wrestling team improved. The 2007-08 team was the first team that placed at a team dual. The team was coached by Sgt Major Waltz and sent five Panthers to the AHSAA State Tournament.
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2009-10 season brought greater success. In only Coach Sanders' second season at the helm the Panthers improved to a 33-2 team record. The team also had three 1st place team dual championships, sent six wrestlers to the state tournament in which two wrestlers made team history by placing. Anthony Green (Sr.) took 3rd place at 112 lbs. to become the first panther to win a AHSAA 6A State Championship medal and Andrew Wilkins (Jr.) finished in 4th place in the 119 lb. weight class to become the second panther to bring home a medal.
2010-11 season saw a young panther team take to the mat. The team finished the season with a 19-11 team record but Quin Miles was one of the highlights of the season by delivering the program its first sectional champion by winning 112 lb. weight class. Quin and Tim Hester placed 4th at state and Gary Robinson placed 6th.
2011-12 season the panthers returned a good portion of the young 2010-11 team and the hard work paid off as the team delivered. Finishing the seaon with a 26-3 team record, the team won the All Bi-City Championship and sent a team record nine wrestlers to the AHSAA state championships. Bradley Martin and Tim Hester brought home sectional championships and Tim Hester finished an undefeated campaign by winning the AHSAA State Championship at 170 lbs
2012-13 season was a successful season as the panthers had a record five state placers and finished in the Top 10 for the first time in school history (9th ). We qualified a school record 11 wrestlers for the state tournament. The team finished with a 23-2 dual record. In the state tournament, Tim Hester placed 2nd, Joshua Jamieson and Quin Miles placed 5th and Chris Perusek and Brandon Holland placed 6th.
2013-14 After graduating 6 seniors, most felt that the panthers would struggle. This year's team not only proved them wrong, but improved the dual record to 28-1 on the year. We qualified 8 wrestlers for the state tournament. Three panthers placed. Joshua Jamieson became our school's 2nd state champion, Logan Beyer finished 5th and Max Kauffman placed 6th . The team finished 9th in the state once again.