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Nevada high school wrestling season to start in January, state tournament scrapped in 2021

The start of the Nevada high school wrestling season has been moved from November to January due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association announced Thursday.

The official start of wrestling practice was originally scheduled for Nov. 14 and is now set for Jan. 2. Competitions can begin Jan. 15. The season will consist of six weeks of competition and no state tournament.

Fall sports in Nevada will begin in March.

Bart Thompson, the executive director of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, wrote:

"The decision to delay the start of the athletic calendar was based, among many factors, on some the following:

"That the master planner be student-centered and serve as the most optimal model for potential success in returning to play based on current COVID-19 circumstances;

"That the health, safety and welfare of student-athletes, coaches, athletic department leaders, contest officials and event staff be first and foremost;

"That the sport seasons be preserved by keeping traditional sports in their same groups;

"That the calendar be aligned as such (winter first, followed by fall and then concluded with spring) to give the best opportunity for each sport to be conducted as effectively and efficiently as possible while considering a variety of potential outside factors;

"That each season's start and end dates be created so as to overlap as minimally as possible, preserving the philosophy that student-athletes should have the opportunity to participate in multiple sports seasons."

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