The OHSAA announced this morning that the winter state tournaments will be cancelled.
Congratulations to Brandon D’Egidio for an incredible senior season and wrestling career. All of Vermilion is proud to call you one of our own.
Below is the statement released by Jerry Snodgrass, the executive director of the OHSAA:
While I would like to have made a phone call to each of you, with over 300 schools having wrestlers who qualified for the State Wrestling Tournament, the only possible way to communicate this is through this email. I feel this is the most efficient way to notify each of you prior to hearing anything in the media.
After our staff has met daily and looked at any and all potential feasible options, and due to the great number of uncertainties related to venue availability, I am informing all remaining winter sport tournament participants that the remaining winter sport tournaments are now canceled. However, the guidance and recommendations from Governor DeWine and the Director of the Ohio Dept. of Health remain at the forefront of all decisions.
The great deal of ‘unknowns’ along with the logistical challenges make the option of rescheduling impossible. Additionally, given the nature of wrestling, it is an unreasonable expectation to ask athletes to maintain weight controls for an unknown amount of time. Weight control is only one of many logistical issues that this sport and tournament present in these uncertain times of health, safety, and social distancing.
I speak for our entire staff that are unspeakably disappointed for our student-athletes, coaches, and parents who have worked so hard to earn the opportunity to participate in this event. Tyler Brooks, our wrestling sport administrator, will also be reaching out to communicate with the head wrestling coaches in our schools.
In the weeks ahead, we will be mailing the complimentary State programs, gold certificates of participation, and weigh-in cards to the schools of state-qualifiers. Simply due to our staff teleworking through this crisis, there is no exact timeline, but information will be shared with you as soon as possible. We will also have additional programs for sale, and I will again share the information on that process once it has been established, as there will undoubtedly be a high number of requests from the wrestling community.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation dealing with this most difficult decision. Best wishes for health and safety of your student-athletes, school community, and families!