HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Once again the NJSIAA has issued guidance on an upcoming sport and its championship, in direct conflict from published reports and an announcement from a sport’s coaches association.
The NJSIAA contradicted an article in northjersey.com which quoted New Jersey Wrestling Coaches Association tournament director Howie O’Neil.
According to the article, O’Neil stated at a NJWCA meeting Wednesday night:
“We haven’t given up yet,” O’Neil said. “But as of today, there won’t be an individual tournament. With the way things are progressing right now (with COVID-19 numbers) I don’t know how we can hold an individual tournament.“
The article was written by Steven Falk of the Asbury Park Press (owned by the same company) stated that a tentative decision had been made by the NJSIAA to not have the state individual tournament this season for the first time since 1934. The rest of article was a column advocating for the need for a statewide wrestling tournament.
Thursday evening the NJSIAA released the following statement, contradicting the article.
“While we’ve announced a basic framework for season 2 – this year’s designation for our traditional winter season – planning remains preliminary and subject to change, particularly given current health information. No formal decisions have been made about post-season play, including individual wrestling contests. Certainly, we welcome input from our various sports committees and active volunteers, but it’s important to keep in mind that nothing is final until NJSIAA makes a formal announcement. As we noted in May, during a time of tremendous uncertainty, it’s not uncommon for rumors to circulate. Often, even well-intentioned suggestions can trigger an “infodemic” of mis-information. When it comes to high school sports in New Jersey, please reference only reputable information sources, with an emphasis on state agencies, the NJSIAA, and your school district’s official channels.”