Major changes to state wrestling

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Missouri revamps postseason rules and extends season

The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) confirmed Monday that the 2021 MSHSAA State Wrestling Championships will not be held at the University of Missouri due to continued questions and uncertainty of venue availability relative to COVID-19.

MSHSAA announced in a press release that Cable Dahmer Arena in Independence has agreed to provide access to an alternative site and partner with MSHSAA to host the 2021 MSHSAA State Wrestling Championships.

“We are grateful for the interest from the Cable Dahmer Arena personnel and their desire to help us provide a site for state wrestling championships to take place,” the release said. “Please be advised that due to the restructured postseason, adding ‘sectional tournament’ rounds for girls and boys wrestling, as well as having to secure an alternate facility for the state championships and navigate around the venue’s availability, the MSHSAA wrestling postseason calendar has been impacted and will undergo substantial changes 2021 wrestling postseason.

“These postseason modifications are made in an effort to still provide postseason opportunities. The modifications to the postseason will equally affect each classification of boys and girls wrestling.”

The postseason schedule that is subject to change if deemed necessary due to encountering any unknown or unpredictable variables relative to COVID.

• Girls District Tournaments: Feb. 5-6, 2021

• Boys District Tournaments: Feb. 13, 2021

• Girls Sectional Tournaments: Feb. 20, 2021

• Boys Sectional Tournaments: Feb. 27, 2021

• State Wrestling Championships: March 9-13, 2021

“These modifications to the calendar dates and location of the state championships deviate from what is considered ‘normal’ or ‘traditional’ by our wrestling community,” Said Greg Stahl, MSHSAA director of operations. “However, at this time our hope is everyone understands our efforts and continued desire to provide opportunities for students, teams, schools and communities during these uncertain and unprecedented times. I am hopeful that everyone will continue to focus on continued participation and postseason opportunities, rather than focusing on what modifications have been or may need to be made to the postseason in order to have hope for these postseason opportunities during the 2020-2021 wrestling season.”

District and sectional sites have yet to be selected.

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