Wrestling season delayed until May; spectators still prohibited

High school wrestling athletes and fans will have to wait until at least May for competition to start, after the latest winter sport-related ruling. 

Section VI Executive Committee met Jan. 28 to discuss statements issued by local Health Departments with regard to wrestling in the current Covid environment. After the meeting the committee announced the postponement of the season to May 10 through June 30.

Earlier in the week, athletes had been cleared to start practices Feb. 1.  Basketball will move forward on that date, joining bowling, boys swimming and air rifle as currently active sports at Pioneer.

Section VI officials also issued clarification regarding spectators at events. Mark DiFilippo, Section VI Executive Director, said that although local Health Departments have issued statements regarding no more than two spectators per athlete, the section has chosen to be more restrictive and not allow any spectators at this time.

"This decision comes from direction from our membership to allow us to get started and evaluate things as we go," DiFilippo said. "We hope this decision supports schools' ability to get student/athletes started."