For 14 years, Dickson County High School wrestling Coach Tommy Badon has tried to lead the Cougars past the district and region dominance of Clarksville High School. The Wildcats have claimed 16 straight Region 7 championships, winning state dual and team titles in 2000 and recording numerous top four finishes. Badon was introduced Monday night as the new wrestling head coach at Clarksville High, taking over following the resignation of Jacky Blosser after one year leading the Wildcats. Blosser replaced legendary Clarksville coach Jeff Jordan in 2012 but resigned in April to spend more time with his family. Badon wrestled under Jordan at Franklin High School, finishing as state runner up his junior year. After earning a wrestling scholarship to the University of Tennessee, Badon was redshirted his freshman season and never got to wrestle when the Vols dropped the program the following year. After a couple of years in Knoxville, Badon earned his degree from then-Memphis State and began teaching and coaching in Franklin in 1992 before coming to Dickson County in 1999. Badon, whose father was an assistant principal at Clarksville High, will be teaching science at Northeast Middle School and coaching the Clarksville wrestlers. Under the TSSAA’s new classification plan, Dickson County moves out of Region 7 and into Region 6 with mostly Williamson and Davidson county schools, ending the long-running rivalry between the Cougars and Wildcats. Badon said his decision to leave Dickson County is strictly based on what is best for his family, as the change to the Clarksville-Montgomery County school system will result in a significant increase in his teaching salary. No replacement for Badon at DCHS has been named. Badon and his family will remain in Dickson County, where wife Renee has been a 4-H agent with the UT Extension since 2005, son Beau is entering his senior year at DCHS and daughter Audrey is in college.