The NJSIAA public school group semifinal and championship and non-public school group championship wrestling matches are still scheduled for Sunday at Pine Belt Arena on the campus of Toms River High School North, NJSIAA Executive Director Steve Timko said Wednesday.
The nor’easter expected to batter New Jersey and the northeast beginning late Wednesday night until early Friday morning will likely play havoc with the sectional championship matches . Those matches are scheduled for Friday night.
Timko said the NJSIAA has sent out an e-mail to all schools still involved in the tournament that if they can not wrestle their sectional championship match on Friday night, then they should wrestle it Saturday at noon. Schools can hold it earlier Saturday if they want to.
The noon start,, rather than a morning start, is to give school districts enough time to make their facilities available.
The reason Timko wants the sectional finals to be held no later than noon on Saturday is to give teams enough time to get home from those matches and then get prepared, should they win,, for the trip to Toms River North Sunday.
The Group I and IV semifinals are at 10 a.m. Sunday with with weigh-in at 8:30 a.m. The Group II and III semifinals are 12:30 p.m Sunday with weigh-in at 11 a.m. The Group IV, IV and Non-Public B championship matches are at 3:30 p.m. with weigh-in for the Non-Public B teams at 2 p.m. The Group II, III and Non-Public A championship matches are at 6 p.m. with weigh-in for the Non-Public A teams at 4:30 p.m.
Timko said Toms River Regional School District Athletic Director Joe Arminio has said Pine Belt Arena is available on Monday in the emergency case that a sectional championship match can not be held on Saturday and can not take place until Sunday. But, he said schools should make every effort to hold those matches by noon Saturday.
Timko said the state group indoor track meets are still scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday at the Bennett Indoor Sports Complex, Toms River. Group I and IV are 4 p.m. Friday . Group II and III are 9 a.m. Saturday and Non-Public A and B are 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Should there be a postponement Friday, Timko said the meets would be held on Saturday and Monday at the Bennett Indoor Sports Complex.