PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission executive director Bernie Dolan said Monday that the high school wrestling state tournament and basketball postseasons will go on as scheduled despite the looming teachers’ strike set for Thursday and Friday.
The wrestling state tournament is set for Thursday through Saturday in Huntington, with girls basketball sectional play underway this week and boys basketball sectional play set to begin next week.
Regular season games on the schedule for this week will be determined on a county-by-county basis.
“It’s our best information that tournament games will go on as scheduled,” Dolan said. “Regular season games are a county-by-county decision on whether or not they’re going to be able to play when they’re on the work stoppage.”
Many boys teams Monday had announced rescheduled games to earlier in the week or all-together cancellations.
The wrestling tournament this week will take place at the Huntington Civic Center, with the girls and boys basketball tournaments coming in March 7-10 and March 14-17.
“We’re limited on where we can host certain things and if there’s an availability,” Dolan said. “We’re contractually obligated this weekend to the Huntington Civic Center for wrestling and I know there’s no availability next week. We’re just going to keep it to our set postseason schedule and try to keep it as normal as possible.”
Dolan said Monday that no school or county had contacted the SSAC about their athletes not being allowed to participate in this week’s wrestling tournament.