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Wrestling: NCAA Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

The NCAA announced in a press release that all remaining winter and spring sports championships will be canceled to limit the spread of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. This includes the NCAA Wrestling Tournament that was scheduled to take place from March 19-21 at U.S. Bank Arena in Minneapolis.  

The statement was released shortly after 4 p.m. on the NCAA’s website.  

“This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” the statement said.  

Four Bobcats qualified for the tournament: Shakur Laney (141), Alec Hagan (149), Zac Carson (157) and Jordan Earnest (285). Laney and Carson are seniors, meaning their collegiate careers came to an end with the Mid-American Conference Tournament in March.  

The news was expected, as many other collegiate and professional sporting events and leagues have been canceled or suspended to limit the spread of coronavirus


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