High school wrestling: Postseason to begin Friday following delay over concerns of skin infections

2014-02-11T14:10:00Z 2014-02-11T16:54:32Z High school wrestling: Postseason to begin Friday following delay over concerns of skin infectionsDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 11, 2014 2:10 pm  • 

There will be wrestling state championships this week after all, the Arizona Interscholastic Association told coaches this afternoon.

Division III and IV wrestling teams will hold their state championship meets Friday and Saturday at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley with 32-man brackets rather than 16-man.

Meanwhile, Division I and II teams will hold state-qualifying section meets Saturday where they were originally scheduled. The state championship meet for Divisions I and II will be held the following weekend at Tim's Toyota Center.

“We recognize that the postponement of the wrestling tournaments was an inconvenience but when compared to protecting the health and wellbeing of our students, it was choice that had to be made,” AIA executive director Harold Slemmer said in a release.

Section meets scheduled for last Saturday were originally postponed Friday afternoon because of a "widespread skin infection."  The AIA made the decision to move forward with the postseason this afternoon after it "received and evaluated all information available," according to an e-mail sent to coaches.

"The AIA continues to have the health and safety of all students as the primary concern," the e-mail said. "We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding in the delay of the tournament. All wrestling teams must remain vigilant in following all safety and hygiene protocols."

On Monday evening, the AIA announced the postseason would be on hold until Friday at the earliest but provided no further details. That announcement drew heavy criticism of the the AIA's handling of this situation. Here's the link to the article that ran in today's Arizona Daily Star.

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