Massachusetts became the second state in New England to cancel wrestling competition on Friday due to the COVID-19 pandemic when the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) issued new high school sports guidelines for athletic competition this winter.
Wrestlers, with modifications, will be allowed to train but there will be no competitions between schools. Small groups of 10 or less will be allowed to train provided they stay apart from each other. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) already canceled winter state and sectional tournaments in all winter sports earlier in the week.
Vermont cancelled high school wrestling for this winter in late October.
Connecticut has prohibited any wrestling through January 1 after new rules from the state Department of Health were issued on Thursday. The CIAC is awaiting additional and more detailed guidance from the state Department of Health before make a decision about winter sports.
New Hampshire is planning to move forward with the winter sports. Wrestling, basketball and hockey in New Hampshire could begin on January 11.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) will present modifications to the MIAA’s Sports Medicine Committee. The MIAA’s COVID-19 task force will make recommendations to the MIAA’s Board of Directors, who will vote on the rules for high school sports this winter in the Commonwealth.