NCAA Wrestling Championships canceled

The 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships were scheduled to be held at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis

The NCAA Wrestling Championships in all three divisions -- along with all the remaining winter and spring championships -- have been canceled due to the spread of coronavirus.

The NCAA released a statement late Thursday afternoon.

"Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men's and women's 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities."

The news came after several professional sports leagues, including the NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS -- along with conference tournaments and schools -- suspended competition.

The NCAA Division II and Division III Wrestling Championships were scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday, with Division I set for March 19-21 in Minneapolis.

On Wednesday, the NCAA announced that the championship events would take place without fans before making the move to cancel the events on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, it was announced that other wrestling events like the NAIA Women's Wrestling Invitational and Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic were canceled.

The decision to cancel the 2020 NCAA Wrestling Championships is not totally unprecedented. Since the very first NCAAs in 1928, the Nationals were cancelled in 1942 through 1945 during World War II when most male college athletes were serving in the U.S. military or at factories producing aircraft, tanks and other equipment, as well as weaponry and munitions. The NCAAs returned to the college wrestling schedule in March 1946, and were held at Gallagher Hall at Oklahoma State University at the invitation of then head wrestling coach Art Griffin. The Cowboys won the 1946 NCAA team title by just one team point, edging out what was then called Iowa State Teachers College, now University of Northern Iowa, 25-24.


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Bud111 (1) about 9 months ago
Championships and All American Awards should be awarded by the National Coach's Final Rankings. Sad that all the hard work will be unrewarded because of a damn Virus!
dbestsport (3) about 9 months ago
It seems to me that the NCAA, in conjunction with the individual colleges and universities, and members of the CDC and health communities could have put forth an initiative in which the participants, coaches, officials and select media personnel could be tested prior to the competition.
Sports networks could provide video coverage.
This way fans could still enjoy the competition, and competitors could still realize their dreams.
I remember after 9/11, MLB made the decision to continue baseball. That decision helped to heal a Nation.
I think the NCAA could have done something similar. Now, people will focus more on the virus, than following their sports teams and enjoying their lives.
In 2001, announcer Jack Buck - then 77 years old and battling cancer - gave a speech in which he said, "Should we be here? YES!"
This is just one man's opinion.
tralfaz1 (1) about 9 months ago
i don't see why when enough testing kit are available, they test all the participants and let all that pass wrestle
Paboy593 (1) about 9 months ago
Bud111 of all of the horrible ideas I have heard recently your literally comes close to a winner. That's not how it works. You can just say..... " your a national champ young man, we voted you in". It would mean nothing to the athlete, the fan, or history. I feel for guys like killin Moore who has no shot, Spencer Lee would was going for 4, and so many more. Sad day
harryjhon911 (1) about 9 months ago
Bud111 (1) about 9 months ago
Paboy 593 Obviously the best choice would be for the NCAA to change their minds and have the Championships with or without fans. That's most likely that's not going to happen. No point in crying over spilt milk, when at least in the record books an asterisk can be added establishing what took place. If you watched the Big 10 Championships you probably noticed all Championships were #1 versus #2 except for one 5th ranked wrestler. Coaches know the wrestlers very well and All American Wrestler's will be rewarded for all their work during the season. Or the season becomes a big fat zero!
Bebe1993 (1) about 9 months ago
I feel bad for the seniors who qualified for the tournament. Their season and college career are basically over without them getting a shot at the podium. Not being from Iowa I still feel bad for Spencer Lee who had a very real shot at becoming a 4X champion. All that being said, I don't blame the NCAA for this decision. The health and safety of the athletes has to be first and foremost.
mhatrerajan2601 (1) about 9 months ago
Thanks for sharing this news.
Kennb (1) about 9 months ago
Anybody who qualified for nationals should be given an extra year of eligibility. Those who did not qualify - there season was already finished. Would be a shame if these athletes did not get a chance to compete again for what they earned.