OHSAA cancels winter sports tournaments due to COVID-19 pandemic

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Posted at 6:29 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 18:29:35-04

COLUMBUS — The winter sports season for high school athlete in Ohio is officially over.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced they were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are just devastated that the tournaments cannot be completed,” said Jerry Snodgrass. “But our priority is the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, communities and officials. Governor Mike DeWine is asking all Ohioans to do everything they can to stop the spread of this virus. That request, along with our schools not being able to reopen for weeks, means that school sports cannot happen at this time. Even if our schools reopen this spring, it will be difficult to find facilities willing to host the tournaments. Most campus are shut down until mid to late summer."

The wrestling, basketball, and ice hockey tournaments were postponed on March 12.

Spring sports, including softball, lacrosse, baseball, boy's tennis and track and field have been postponed.

The 16 schools that qualified for the girls basketball state tournament and the four teams that qualified for the ice hockey state tournament will all receive state tournament programs.

The 672 student-athletes who qualified for the wrestling state tournament will all receive a program, certificate and their weigh-in card.

No state champions will be listed for these four sports in 2020.

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