Monarch wrestler Erryl Will (right) has a single-leg hold on an opponent. Will and other MHS wrestlers won’t compete in the Central District All-Star match. The event has been canceled for the season. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)
For more than 30 years, the Ohio High School wrestling season began, at least in the Central District, with the annual all-star matches.
That won’t be the case this year.
The COVID-19 pandemic has halted the all-star tournament for 2020.
“I wasn’t terribly surprised when we got the news,” said Marysville High School head coach Shawn Andrews. “It would not be very feasible or responsible to hold the matches during the pandemic.”
The tournament has been held as a kickoff to the wrestling campaign.
It has been held at various venues over the seasons, including at Marysville High School.
Last year’s event was held at Worthington Kilbourne.
It has, in the past, always been held a couple of days before Thanksgiving.
The 2020 event would have been contested on Tuesday of this week.
“We’ve sent athletes to the Central District All-Star match for many years,” said Andrews.
The Monarch boss said it is difficult to say how many Monarch grapplers might have competed in this year’s event.
“I think you’re talking about guys such as Lincoln Heard, Erryl Will, Colton Powers, Nate Tompkins and Josh Melms,” he said. “However, it would be hard to determine who actually might have competed.”
Andrews said he’s not sure how the 2020-21 campaign will play out.
“We’ve got about 25 dual-related events scheduled and we’re still scheduled for our own duals tournament early in December,” he said.
District officials however came out with a letter on Friday that pushes the pause button on MHS sports through at least Dec. 7.
“However, I haven’t sent any schedules out to any of the parents,” said Andrews. “Things are still very fluid and schedules could change every day.”
When the Monarchs are allowed to return practice, Andrews mindset is to get the wrestlers weight down.
“We are focusing on getting better every day,” said Andrews. “Each day we are allowed to practice is another opportunity to improve.
“We just have to keep working hard, because this could be taken away from us at any time.”
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