The AIA's decision on wrestling came out via email around 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
Division III and Division IV wrestling will hold state this weekend at Tim's Toyota Center with a 32-man bracket, and Division I and Division II will hold sectionals on Saturday with state the following week at TTC on Friday and Saturday.
"Let's start wrestling," Desert Vista coach David Gonzalez said.
Division III and Division IV wrestling hold state this weekend at TTC, and Division I and Division II will hold sectionals.
There was explanation as to why the smaller schools are going directly to state and the big sectionals get to have the sectional qualifying process.
Here is the email:
Upon receiving and evaluating all information available, the AIA has determined to move forward with AIA State Wrestling Championships. It is AIA's understanding that the public health investigation continues as to the skin infections reported last week. The AIA continues to have the health and safety of all students as the primary concern. We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding in the delay of the tournament. All wrestling teams must remain vigilant in following all safety and hygiene protocols.
The championships will continue as follows:
Div 3 and 4 will begin on Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott, AZ. Information related to the Div 3 and 4 tournaments will be posted by noon Wednesday, February 12th.
Div 1 and 2 Sectionals will be held on Saturday, February 15th. Locations and logistics information will be posted by noon Thursday, February 13th.
“We recognize that the postponement of the wrestling tournaments was an inconvenience but when compared to protecting the health and wellbeing of our students, it was choice that had to be made,” said AIA Executive Director, Dr. Harold Slemmer in a separate release.
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