Mat Classic will be expanded to 32-wrestler brackets…
Due to the large winter storm sweeping over the Northwest over the weekend, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has announced they’re canceling regional wrestling tournaments across the entire state. The reason is because of heavy snow on both the western and central part of Washington. Driving conditions will be hazardous and no way to reschedule regional tournaments in order for everyone to get a fair amount of rest before wrestling again.
The state wrestling tournament, Mat Classic, will be expanded to 32-entrant brackets – accepting all regional wrestlings – and while some details have yet to be worked out, as of now, the WIAA is saying the tournament will still be two days.
The WIAA made the decision on Friday, even though some regional tournaments might not be affected by the weather. They have released this statement:
Due to the weather conditions, the WIAA has cancelled all boys and girls regional wrestling tournaments in the best interest of safety and equal opportunity for all participants.
To address these cancellations, the WIAA staff and event managers are developing a 32-entry WIAA Mat Classic tournament that will begin on Friday morning, February 15, 2019. The details of that schedule will be released by early Monday, February 11.
Participants, parents and coaches are advised to work through their school administration with any further questions.