Foul winter weather over the weekend delayed the Commerce Tigers from competing in the Area Tournament.

Due to the changes, the tournament was also condensed to a one-day event on Tuesday. Also, instead of the top four wrestlers advancing to the state round, the top eight will advance to the first round of the state tournament for a single-elimination competition.

Commerce got Wednesday off before starting the State Tournament. Tiger grapplers competing for state titles hit the mats at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. The state competition runs through Saturday at the Gwinnett Arena. Commerce brought home the area championship on Tuesday, 10 points over the favored Wesleyan wrestlers.

The Mat Tigers qualified all 14 grapplers to the state tournament and look to secure a state title.

Heading to state for Commerce are Casey Drinkard, Addison Davis, Jon Cash, Nick Arostegui, Terrence Martin, Tyler Austin, Josh Streetman, Jacob Harrison, Kris Hart, Josh Westmoreland, Trea Edwards, Cole Ledford, Zach Harmon and Serguio Rojas.

For more Tigers wrestling, see this week's The Commerce News.

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