NJSIAA wrestling tournament dates, format changes discussed as officials debate options amid pandemic – NJ.com
When the NJSIAA chose not to release tentative dates for the 2021 individual wrestling championships back in late October, it sparked a firestorm of consternation among wrestlers, coaches and fans statewide.
The NJSIAA said in October it remained committed to the idea of a state individual tournament, but what should the New Jersey wrestling community make of the continued silence coming out of the NJSIAA headquarters in Robbinsville regarding the status of the individual wrestling championships?
“I believe the NJSIAA wants to wait until the last possible moment to announce there will be an individual tournament or there won’t be,” said one of two wrestling coaches involved in a high-level New Jersey Wrestling Coaches Association virtual meeting last Friday. “I think the state wants to push forward, but I think they will explore every option before deciding either way.”
The two coaches, who spoke to NJ.com on the condition of anonymity, said silence should not be mistaken for inactivity. The two coaches said there have been regular, but near-secret and unpublicized meetings with the goal of birthing a doable, but reconfigured individual tournament in April.
In fact, one Shore Conference athletic director told NJ.com last week the NJSIAA has already floated potential dates for districts, regions and the state tournament among athletic administrators, although they didn’t share those dates.
The two coaches mentioned a plan that would have district,