With much of the state currently covered by snow, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday that it has postponed the State Wrestling Championships until next month.
The event had been scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena in Lexington but has been moved to March 10-11 at the same site.
“KHSAA State events are large-scale undertakings, and with the expansion of the State Tournament several years ago we are very limited in options for holding the event,” KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett said in a news release. “We absolutely have to be able to put down at least eight mats to get the tournament completed in two days, and that in and of itself limits our options.
“We are thankful our hosting partners at the Alltech Arena on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park were able to work out new dates. We tried to work cooperatively with another event that is scheduled for Sunday and rearrange schedules, but that group was unwilling to move, leaving us very few options.”
The Kentucky Youth State Wrestling Championships — an event not affiliated with the KHSAA — are scheduled for Sunday at Alltech Arena.
KHSAA assistant commissioner Michael Barren, who oversees wrestling, said the organization has been able to rebook hotel rooms and reschedule vendors.
“It was critical in working with the commissioner that we make this decision as early as possible in the interest of the safety and welfare of our competitors, coaches, workers and officials,” Barren said. “We will allow a one-pound growth allowance for each of the weight classes in an additional effort to accommodate this postponement.”
The KHSAA plans to keep the same time schedule, meaning wrestling would begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10. The first and second rounds of the championship and consolation rounds will be completed that day.
Wrestling will resume on Wednesday, March 11, at 9 a.m., with finals set for 5:30 p.m.
March 11 also marks the first day of the Girls’ Sweet 16 basketball tournament in Bowling Green, Ky.
“It will be difficult for our office to manage this event nearly simultaneously with the start of our girls’ basketball tournament, but we have successfully managed overlapping events before and will call on our legions of volunteers and workers to ensure that both events are first class for the students and all involved,” Tackett said.
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