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OHSAA Cancels State Dual Team Wrestling Tournament

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September 3, 2020 at 5:18pm
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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.

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