The Ohio High School Athletic Association informed schools Thursday in a memo that it is suspending the state duals tournament, which annually crowns three team champions and precedes the individual state tournament.
"It saddens me to relay this information to the wrestling community," Director of Officiating and Sport Management Tyler Brooks, told Cleveland.com. "We all know that the dual team tournament provides a unique team environment and atmosphere for our sport that the individual tournament simply cannot. I don't know what the future holds for the dual team tournament, if and when it could be resumed, or when that determination would be made."
The OHSAA has yet to announce expected dates for the 2021 individual state wrestling championships, but it has set dates for the boys and girls basketball championships. The girls state semifinals and finals are slated for March 12-14, 2021 at the University of Dayton. The boys state basketball championships are scheduled for March 18-20, 2021 at St. John Arena in Columbus.
However, with concerns centered around the coronavirus pandemic, the OHSAA already moved up the final day for the state football championships by two weeks to Nov. 21. The OHSAA suspended all of last season's remaining winter sports tournaments on March 12, a day before the individual state wrestling championships were slated to begin in Columbus. It canceled those events within two weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brooks noted the OHSAA hopes to provide an update next week on the 2020-21 wrestling season and how it fits with the Ohio Department of Health's orders.
The OHSAA began conducting the state duals tournament in 2013.