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01/22/21- Wrestling Postseason Updates

January 22, 2021 Wrestling Blog Updates

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After yesterday’s Board of Control meeting, the KHSAA would like to update the wrestling member schools on the process and goals to develop a revised plan for postseason play during the ongoing pandemic.

The Board has asked staff to gather data and information and formulate alternative tournament structures and plans for the 2021 postseason competition. These alternatives are to be reviewed, at this point, solely for 2021 only, as everyone attempts to balance the desire for championship competition and the public health needs and requirements surrounding the pandemic. An alternative plan(s) is to be presented at the Board’s February 17th meeting. It is to include consideration of the feasibility of accomplishing the following objectives (if possible) in priority order:

1) Maintain the full complement of 4 qualifiers in each weight class advancing from each of the eight regional competitions, even if the field is subdivided differently than past practice;
2) A focus on ensuring, at minimum, parental attendance, as permitted within current approved state and local health department guidelines, with additional attendance considerations being reviewed if public health considerations warrant such;
3) Anything discussed and eventually implemented is planned at this point to be a one-year, one-time plan to get through the pandemic;
4) Be mindful of the limited attendance in holding events at locations where costs can be minimized but public health standards are upheld.

Keep in mind we have to maintain a global view in executing the postseason in all championships and balance all public health considerations during the ongoing pandemic. There are also financial elements that would likely be impacted concerning facility availability. We also need to make any plan fluid in the event that local or statewide circumstances change.

The Board previously scheduled the postseason to be held as follows:
First Day of Postseason: Week of March 15
State Competition: Week of March 22

Specific dates and a detailed schedule are not finalized at this time and may change with plan revisions. The final competition dates won’t be final until after that meeting. We will continue to work with regional managers and hosts as well as possible state-level sites to develop alternatives for postseason competition during this review.

Should you wish to provide feedback to the staff, please use the email address that has been distributed in direct school communication. It will automatically be routed to the appropriate individuals and recorded for distribution to the board of control members.

Thank you for your feedback and patience as we navigate through this ongoing process.

– KHSAA –

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