The Arizona Interscholastic Association postponed the 16 high school wrestling sectional tournaments scheduled for Saturday because a number of wrestlers have contracted a skin infection, according to a press release from the AIA.
The AIA said it anticipates having an update as to the progress and logistics of the sectional and state wrestling tournaments by the close of business Monday.
The four sectional tournaments in each of the four divisions are qualifiers for the state tournament, which is scheduled for next Thursday-Saturday at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
Payson was scheduled to compete in the Division III Section I tournament at Winslow, with the top five individuals there qualifying for the Division III state tournament next Thursday-Friday. The Division IV state tournament was to take place at the same time, while Divisions I and II were set for Friday-Saturday.
The postponement of the sectionals leaves everything up in the air. Since changing the state tournament dates will be very difficult. It’s possible the AIA will reschedule the sectional tournaments for Tuesday in order to keep the state tournament on schedule. But that’s just one option and it’s not clear if it’s what will happen because it will mean a lot of driving in a short period for many teams.
See Tuesday’s Roundup for the latest news on the situation.