2018 TSB Wrestling TeamTemperatures dipped into the single digits in Nashville the week leading to the 2018 NCASB Wrestling and Cheer Conference. It must have been Ole Man Winter’s way of letting the TSB Tigers know just what they needed to overcome in order to turn up the heat and burn up the mats at the Wisconsin School for the Blind. In preparation for the trip into the snowy north country, the coaches had to practice with squads reduced in size due to weather -related closures of area school districts. With wrestling meets also canceled, the Tigers were fortunate to have gained experience the previous weekend in travel to Alabama’s School for the Blind. During Alabama’s homecoming tournament, the Tigers walked away
with eight wins! As the NCASB week-end approached, reprieve in the weather worked in conjuction with a spirited school pep rally to give the Tiger teams the boost they needed. Thursday afternoon the teams and coaches loaded the buses to make the first leg of their two-part journey. The Tigers spent Thursday night in Indianapolis at the Indiana School for the Blind before continuing on Friday morning to the tournament. 
18 Wrestling Cheer TeamsNine other schools for the blind and visually impaired were represented in Janesville. “Our student athletes really outdid themselves!” said cheerleading coach Tori Herring. The young cheerleaders competed against seven other squads giving their best. The cheer squad placed 3rd overall in the cheerleading brackets. The team also took home the “Spirited Award.” The enthusiasm of the team   was bound to have gained momentum in having TSB’s new secret weapon, Superintendent Dr. David Martin, accompany them on the trip. TSB’s mascot, Letarian Smith did a great job of awakening the crowd.
The Tiger wrestlers fought their way through the tournament brackets with some exciting victories. Miguel Jose claimed the fastest pin of the tournament when defeating an opponent in ten seconds. Anthony Bonetti tied for the most pins during the tournament with three. Tigers coming in first in their weight class were Miguel Jose (132 lb), Avery Mayberry (152 lb), and Eh Gay (160 lb). Placing second in their weight class were Johnathon Grisson (95 lb), Letarian Smith (120 lb), Carlos Medrano (132 lb), and Garrett Meeks (220 lb). In all, the Tiger’s tenacity and relentless spirit earned them a total of 15 wins. When the points were all tallied and the computer glitches accounted for, the TSB Tigers came away in first place with a total of 168 points. Teams from Missouri (61 points), Ohio (59.5 points), and Iowa (59 points) rounded out the top four.
In addition to the team’s victories, the students enjoyed showing off their dance moves Thursday evening while at a social sponsored by the Indiana School for the Blind. On Friday, they enjoyed digging into some great deep-dish Chicago Pizza at Giordano’s. On Sunday, while on the way home, the cuisine was Thai. Congratulations, Tigers!
he cheerleaders and wrestlers pose for a photo with their trophies.
Posing in team photo at right are: (left to right)  Row 1- mascot Letarian Smith  Row 2-  Cody Grissom, Andre Walker, Ella Brown, Madison Alvarnaz, Alexandria Williams, TaMyah Jordan  Row 3- Avery Mayberry, Miguel Jose, Eh Gay  Row 4- Carlos Medrano, Donny Sands, Johnathon Grissom, Austin Rogers, Anthony Bonetti, Candi Herrera, Row 5-  Asst. Coach Joe Gray, Coach Jay Humphreys, Coach Tori Herring, Asst. Coach Lisa Salvato, Korey Nettles and Garrett Meeks