IESA State Wrestling planned for this weekend has become a casualty in the war against the coronavirus.

The following information was emailed to coaches and schools entered in the IESA state wrestling series on Thursday morning.

“I am sorry to inform you that the IESA State Wrestling Finals scheduled for this Friday-Saturday, March 13-14 at the Convocation Center on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL have been cancelled,” said Steve Endsley, IESA Executive Director.

“IESA received word from NIU late Wednesday evening that the University is mandating that our event not be held this weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“At this point in time, there are no plans to re-schedule the tournament. While this is unfortunate for many reasons, we have to comply with the directive from Northern Illinois University. The health and safety of our participants and fans attending the finals is our top priority.

“Given the nature of the activity, it is an unreasonable expectation to ask athletes to maintain weight controls for an unknown or extended amount of time. We are very disappointed for our athletes and schools who have worked very hard to participate in this event.”

For information from NIU use the following two links:

https://www.convocenter.niu.edu/convo/events/convo_events/2019/important-update.shtml

https://www.niu.edu/updates/index.shtml

“This is indeed unprecedented not only for IESA but for many other organizations across the country faced with the difficult challenge of conducting events,” Endsley continued. “We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience and the disappointment. At the same time, we take seriously our responsibility to help slow the spread of this disease.”

John Curtis can be reached at john.curtis@shelbyvilledailyunion.com

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