Other Sports Forum

Other Sports Forum

NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, EPL, you name it. Talk about it here.

OHSAA Cancels State Dual Team Wrestling Tournament

Andy Vance's picture
September 3, 2020 at 5:18pm

In a message to administrators Thursday, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced that the OHSAA Dual Team Wrestling Tournament "would be suspended" for the 2020-21 school year.

The Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association said they would work with OHSAA to bring the dual-meet tournament format "back into the fold as soon as possible."

While at first blush one might assume the suspension of the tournament was COVID-related, but as reported by Brad Bournival, the issue is more COVID-related financial realities than on-the-mat health concerns:

WCPO's Mike Dyer reported Thursday that OHSAA's business model is driven by ticket sales, meaning that limitations on attendance at its several tournaments has put a serious crimp in the association's budget.

"As the membership is aware, approximately 80% of the OHSAA’s revenues come from ticket sales at our tournaments," OHSAA interim executive director Bob Goldring said in a memo to member schools.

"Our inability to conduct state tournaments in boys and girls basketball, individual wrestling and ice hockey last winter; to conduct sectional, district, regional and state tournaments in any of our spring sports, and the prospect of conducting all of our tournaments for the 2020-21 school year with spectator capacity limits of 15% (with no more than 1,500 permitted for outdoor events and 300 for indoor events) has already had a significant impact on the association from a financial standpoint."

OHSAA said in its administrator's update that guidance would be coming by the end of next week regarding the upcoming wrestling season in the light of state COVID-related health orders.

This is a forum post from a site member. It does not represent the views of Eleven Warriors unless otherwise noted.

View 2 Comments