Unfortunately the state wrestling tournament for Division I and Division II couldn’t have been postponed any longer.

There will be several kids held out of Division I sectionals this weekend because their skin outbreak still hasn’t cleared up enough to wrestle this weekend.

Mountain Pointe will send a shell of its lineup to Ironwood Ridge on Saturday and I am being told by a Centennial parent that the Coyotes are in the same boat after their skin cultures came back as herpes gladitorum.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association handled the situation as well can be expected and they couldn’t hold off anymore, but it is shame some of these kids, especially for the seniors whose careers will end without stepping on the mat for the last time, are not going to get a chance to compete for something they worked all year for – a shot at being a state qualifier.

“How can we be so bad off last weekend that we need to cancel the state sectionals, and then just a few days later say that we are good to go for this weekend?” Mountain Pointe parent Tammy Norby said. “It's just too early to reschedule.

“Mountain Pointe can't be the only school to have wrestled one of these infected teams. There must be boys from several schools who are leaving part of their team home this weekend. It is so sad. It's terrible for those left behind and a hollow victory for those who win.”

It is sad.

Not everyone is going to be cleared, and hopefully the infection has run its course with the other competitors, but at least there will be wrestling.

And that’s always a good thing.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or JSkoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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