Junior Varsity Wrestling, Varsity Wrestling · Important Message Regarding State Championship Wrestling/Coronavirus Impact

The following is a message from the OHSAA that was sent to all schools participating in the upcoming State Wrestling Championships this weekend:

“Following Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement on Tuesday afternoon that all indoor sporting events in Ohio shall severely limit spectators to limit the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, we have some updates to share for the upcoming State Wrestling Tournament.

1 – Ticket Sales

All previously purchased tickets for the upcoming state tournaments are now void and new tickets will be sold per the instructions below, per sport. Tickets purchased online via credit card will be refunded by Ticketmaster to the same credit card. Tickets purchased via check will be refunded in approximately four to five weeks. Tickets purchased with cash at the Ohio State University ticket office can be returned for a refund on-site.

2 – Tickets for Participating Wrestlers and Coaches

For all remaining OHSAA tournaments this month, the following ticket allotments will be made available:

            Wrestlers – 4 ticket vouchers for family members

            Coaches – 2 ticket vouchers for family members

The following breakdown outlines the number of coaches that will be admitted in relation to the number of state qualifiers:

            1 – 4 qualifiers – 2 coaches

            5 – 8 qualifiers – 3 coaches

            9 – 14 qualifiers – 4 coaches

No other tickets will be allotted for any other purposes, this includes no other school personnel (additional asst. coaches, ADs, principals, superintendents, etc.).

3 – Tickets and Voucher Process

When coach obtains the school’s packet during packet pick-up, the packet will contain the allotted tickets for coaches and participants as well as ticket vouchers.

It will be the responsibility of the coach / school to distribute these ticket vouchers to the appropriate personnel.  No additional ticket vouchers will be distributed under any circumstances.

Family members that receive the ticket voucher from the coach / wrestlers can then redeem the voucher for one all-session ticket at the Schottenstein Center.  Only all-session tickets will be made available for purchase with the voucher.  The cost of the all-session ticket is reduced from the normal $75 to $55.

No replacement vouchers will be issued.

4 – Alternates

There are no changes to the alternate process.

5 – Finals Streamed Online

The State Finals will be streamed online, accessible by following this link: https://ohsaa.boxcast.com/#/

The stream is free to all Spectrum customers and costs $10 for non-Spectrum customers.

6 – Open Practices at OSU

Please see statement below from OSU Athletic Facilities:

The university has been closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and we continue to align our recommendations with and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and other city, state, and federal agencies.

Given the situation beyond our control surrounding COVID-19 and in an effort to be proactive to prevent illness from spreading, we are cancelling all non-OSU affiliated events (including cancelling the OHSAA Wrestling Open Practices on March 12-13, 2020) through Monday, April 20, 2020.  After careful consideration, we believe this is in the best interest of the campus community as safety is always our top priority. We understand that our policy guidelines may cause measurable disruption, but the risk of not acting outweighs the inconvenience of these temporary measures.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

This is not how anyone wanted the tournament to occur, but we have to keep in mind that the most important thing is that these young student-athletes are going to have the opportunity to finish their season in pursuit of a state championship with their parents in attendance.”