Tennessee School for the Blind’s annual fall Invitational Wrestling Tournament officially was proclaimed the Frank Alexander Invitational in honor of the school’s former Hall of Fame wrestling coach. The double elimination tournament received the distinction on December 2nd. The renaming came in conjunction with an official state proclamation naming the school’s wrestling room the Frank Alexander Wrestling Room. Mr. Alexander retired from TSB in 2013.
As 153 wrestlers from 18 teams prepared to begin tournament matches, TSB’s new head wrestlingFrank Alexander surrounded by wrestlers and friends
coach, Jay Humphreys stepped to the microphone. After beckoning Mr. Alexander to the front, he made the formal declaration to Alexander’s surprise. Handing TSB Superintendent Dr. David Martin the microphone, he read the proclamation. The proclamation was written and legislation introduced by TN State Representative Darren Jernigan. Frank accepts the honor
The gymnasium erupted with applause, appreciation, and approval for the former coach who then became surrounded by former wrestlers and coaches. In receiving the honors, Frank expressed gratitude for being able to give a lifetime of service to assisting and coaching the blind and visually impaired. 
The proclamation read as follows:
 
P R O C L A M A T I O N
WHEREAS, from time to time, the members of this General Assembly have seen fit to name certain state buildings and facilities to honor those exemplary individuals who have made a positive impact on the people of Tennessee; and WHEREAS, one such person highly deserving of this distinguished honor is Frank Alexander of Nashville; and WHEREAS, Frank Alexander served as the wrestling coach and a faculty member at the Tennessee School for the Blind for over forty years, during which period he also served as the athletic director for many years; and WHEREAS, Mr. Alexander led his wrestling teams to multiple championships in the North Central Association of Schools for the Blind and coached multiple elite wrestlers to individual national championship titles in the United States Association of Blind Athletes; and WHEREAS, Mr. Alexander also founded the first wrestling team at Donelson Christian Academy by allowing wrestlers without visual impairments to join the wrestling team at the Tennessee School for the Blind; and WHEREAS, Frank Alexander currently serves as the track and field director for the North Central Association of Schools for the Blind; and WHEREAS, in addition to his work at the Tennessee School for the Blind, Mr. Alexander served as the orientation and mobility instructor for the Teacher of Visual Impairments Program at Middle Tennessee State University and at Vanderbilt University; and WHEREAS, Frank Alexander has been an outstanding mentor, supporter, and leader for the Tennessee School for the Blind and its wrestling program, and has impacted numerous students and colleagues for more than forty years; and WHEREAS, by passage of House Bill 1458, the 110th General Assembly will officially name the wrestling room on the campus of the Tennessee School for the Blind in Nashville the - 2 - "Frank Alexander Wrestling Room" in honor of his lifetime of service to students with visual impairments; and WHEREAS, it is fitting that the members of this legislative body should honor this exceptional public servant; now, therefore, I, Beth Harwell, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the One Hundred Tenth General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, at the request of and in conjunction with Representative Darren Jernigan, do hereby proclaim that we honor Frank Alexander on the occasion of the dedication of the "Frank Alexander Wrestling Room" on the campus of the Tennessee School for the Blind in Nashville. Proclaimed in Nashville, Tennessee, on this the 2nd day of December 2017
 
The newly named tournament has grown in size and popularity for a number of years under the direction of the TSB Wrestling staff.  This year saw wrestlers from 18 schools including TSB, Donelson Christian Academy, Alabama School for the Blind, Indiana School for the Blind, Whites Creek, Caldwell County, Wilson Central, East Nashville, Glencliff, Nolensville, Grace Christian Academy, Watertown, Cascade, Spring Hill, Martin Luther King, Hume Fogg, and Page.
 
Frank Alexander Tournament PosterTSB wrestlers won a total of 7 matches with senior Anthony Bonetti placing 2nd in his weight class. Great performances were also turned in by both the TSB and Alabama Cheer team during breaks in the wrestling. 1st place results for the tournament according to weight class were:
106lb – D. Walls – Caldwell County 
113lb – J. Jones – Caldwell County
120lb – C. Blake – Wilson Central
126lb – D. Burch – Alabama School for the Blind
132lb – C. Payne – Wilson Central
138lb – B. Colvin – Martin Luther King Jr.
145lb – A. Bramblett – Grace Christian Academy
152lb – M. Lambert – Page High School
160lb – S. Slayton – Caldwell County 
170lb – G. Carter – Alabama School for the Blind
182lb – S. Ramsey – Watertown High School
195lb – D. Dosela – West Creek High School
220lb – H. Dotson – West Creek High School
285lb – J. Anderson – West Creek High School
 
The coaches extend thanks to Donelson Middle School for the use of their facilities and to the Donelson Middle School Wrestling team for volunteering during the tournament. Thanks is also extended to Hands on Nashville for providing over 15 volunteers from various local schools and organizations. This year’s sponsors of the event were Music City Autoplex, Donut Palace, Starbucks, and Kroger. Their support is very much appreciated.