State wrestling qualifiers switched to Sunday
Sunday is usually a day of rest for Section II wrestlers.
Not this weekend.
The winter storm expected to hit the Capital Region today has forced Section II to move the two state wrestling qualifiers — originally scheduled for today and Saturday at the Glens Falls Civic Center — to Sunday at Queensbury High School. Both tournaments will now be one-day events, with first-round losers eliminated.
“I had contingency plans for both Friday and Saturday,” said Section II chairman George Chickanis. “But we had three schools that were not allowed to travel either Friday or Saturday.”
With the Glens Falls Civic Center hosting an American Hockey League game Sunday afternoon, Chickanis had to come up with an alternate site.
“I kept it up north, because the volunteer staff we use at the Civic Center all live in the [Glens Falls] area,” he said, adding that using separate sites for the two tournaments was not a viable option, financially.
Sunday was the best option, because information from the tournaments has to be submitted to the state wrestling committee on Tuesday, when the data will be used to seed the wrestlers and determine three at-large bids for each weight class.
The new schedule means an earlier day for the wrestlers and officials, with weigh-ins set for 7:30-8:30 a.m. Wrestling will begin at 9, with the semifinals tentatively set for 2 p.m.
The schedule calls for the finals to start around 8 p.m., but with two gyms available and fewer rounds of wrestlebacks, Chickanis is hoping that time gets moved up.
The third-place and championship matches may be wrestled at the same time in the larger gym to save time.
“It means everyone will have to get up a little earlier,” said Chickanis. “But we’ll try to move it along as best as we can.”
The 30 individual champions — 15 from both tourneys — advance to the state tournament Feb. 22-23 at the Times Union Center.