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NCAA cancels all Div. 3 national tournaments, including wrestling

Because not enough Division III teams are fielding teams this winter, the NCAA cancelled the 2021 NCAA Division III national tournament in Wisconsin. (Photo courtesy Sam Janicki Photography)

The Coast Guard Academy wrestling team is tied for No. 2 in the first National Wrestling Coaches Association poll of the season and the Bears hope to get in a few dual meets this month.

That will be it for competition for this winter. The NCAA cancelled the 2021 NCAA Division III wrestling championship meet on Wednesday due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not enough schools around the country were participating in the sport.

The NCAA also cancelled the Division III national tournaments in men’s and women’s basketball, swimming, indoor track and ice hockey because not enough schools were fielding teams due to the pandemic.

Sixty percent of teams in basketball, swimming and indoor track were required to field a team this year in order to host a championship in those sports. Wrestling and ice hockey required 70 percent of schools in those sports to field teams.

Sixty-one percent of the 109 Division III schools with wrestling programs said they would be competing – not enough for the NCAA to host a championship meet.

While some institutions have been able to safely return to sport, the recent declaration form data show that more than half of our division has not returned to winter sport practice and competition to be in a position for NCAA national championship participation,” said Fayneese Miller, chair of the Presidents Council and president at Hamline. “This was a very difficult decision to make, and we are saddened to do so. However, none of our winter sports meet the Championships Committee’s established thresholds of participation to hold a championship.”


Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 35 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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