National Preps This Weekend

The Maryland Private School State championship was cancelled due to a lack of interest from participant schools. Not surprising perhaps as many of those wrestlers are now in the middle of their spring sport seasons. Over the weekend the National High School Coaches Wrestling championships took place in Virginia Beach, VA. Many Maryland wrestlers participated and did well in an event that is usually the endcap on the wrestling season. This year there will be another "last" tournament of the high school season when the National Prep Tournament occurs over the weekend.

The 2021
National Prep Open will be over May2-3 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Like it had been in years past this years tournament will be open and will follow COVID-19 protocols.

Maybe One League State Championship To Go


The 2021 Maryland high school wrestling season has been one for the books. Looked at from an overview the season was a disaster as no county or league was able to compete completely as they had in the past. Carroll County was able to hold an abbreviated in county schedule that ended with a county championship that crowned individual champions, but yielded no team scores.

But, there have been attempts to give the high school wrestlers an opportunity to compete. Many wrestled for clubs and were able to compete in club tournaments of regional tournaments. While a great opportunity for kids who just wanted an opportunity to compete these competitions did not yield the undisputed state champions that we have come to expect at the end of the year.

However, at least on league is trying to have a season ending tournament. The MIS is planning to hold a season ending tournament. It will be limited in the ways that many have come to recognize in this year of COVID-19. The brackets will be no more than 16, the wrestling will be confined to 1 day, with the lower weights competing on day one and the upper weights on day 2. Seeding will be extremely problematic, and obviously with holding a wrestling tournament in the middle of the traditional spring sports season there will be a number of athletes who have decided to play lacrosse, or baseball or rugby or even spring football. But there will at least be a little wrestling to cap off Marylands High School Season.

As of now there may even be a National Prep Tournament.


Baltimore County to Resume Youth Sports

Baltimore County to resume sports, but it may be too late for the high school wrestling season.

TOWSON, MD — Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today issued an Executive Order stating that amateur sports events, including high school, youth, and/or recreational games, clinics, skills sessions, scrimmages and practices, may restart effective Monday, February 1, 2021.

Outdoor Sports
Attendance at organized amateur sports events
held outdoors is limited to:
  • Players;
  • Referees and/or officials;
  • Trainers, coaches and staff; and
  • One parent or guardian per participant. 
  • No additional spectators are allowed. 
Face coverings are required at all times for:
  • Players not in the field of play;
  • Referees and/or officials;
  • Trainers, coaches and staff; and
  • A parent or guardian in attendance. 
Face coverings are strongly recommended for all players engaged in the field of play. 
 
In addition, participants not in the field of play; trainers, coaches and staff; and the parent or guardian in attendance must practice social distancing. 

Indoor Sports

Attendance at organized amateur sports events held at
any indoor facility is limited to 50 percent of that facility’s Maximum Occupancy, with no more than 50 people permitted per activity area.

Indoor facilities include, but are not limited to, organized sports events at schools, religious facilities, recreational establishments, fitness centers, and gyms.
Attendance at organized amateur sports events
held indoors is limited to:
  • Players;
  • Referees and/or officials;
  • Trainers, coaches and staff; and
  • One parent or guardian per participant. 
  • No additional spectators are allowed. 
 Face coverings are required at all times by:
  • Players not in the field of play;
  • Referees and/or officials;
  • Trainers, coaches and staff; and
  • A parent or guardian in attendance. 
Face coverings are strongly recommended for all players engaged in the field of play. 
 
In addition, players not in the field of play; trainers, coaches and staff; and the parent or guardian in attendance must practice social distancing. 

Player and Attendee Logs Required to Assist with Contact Tracing

To assist with contact tracing, a log
must be maintained of people present for organized sports events. Event organizers should collect names, contact information and time of attendance for all players; referees and/or officials; trainers, coaches and staff, and any parent or guardian in attendance.

Out of State Sporting Events and Tournaments Remain Prohibited

Organized amateur sports events with teams from outside the State of Maryland remain prohibited. Tournaments are also prohibited until further notice.  

County Department of Recreation and Parks’ Spring Sports Season to Begin on Schedule

Consistent with typical sports seasons, Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks’ Spring Sports Season will begin on March 1, 2021.

Consistent with typical seasons, County athletic fields will be available for use beginning March 1, 2021, and ball diamonds will be available for use beginning April 1, 2021.

The full executive order is
available here.

County Cancelleations of 2021 Winter Seasons





On January 5th an actual high school wrestling match took place. In Carroll County who briefly and in a limited fashion returned to athletics had a dual meet between South Carroll High School and Winters Mill High School. Carroll County is wrestling an abbreviated schedule of in county matches only. South Carroll won the dual 50-15. Other Carroll county matches scheduled for the day were cancelled/postponed due to Covid-19 concerns.

Then shoes began to drop around the state.

Howard County cancelled their winter sports season.

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Baltimore County Cancelled its winter sports season

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And then the Bayside Athletic Conference Cancelled their winter sports season:

“As of today, every member county currently remains in a virtual learning environment with limited or no on-campus student engagement. Therefore, the Bayside Athletic Conference is canceling the 2020-2021 Winter competition season. Individual county members may provide student-athlete engagement opportunities as they deem safe and appropriate. The conference is continuing to work diligently towards providing Fall and Spring competition seasons.”
Director of Student Services Derek Simmons stated, “We  appreciate how difficult it has been to make these kinds of decisions throughout the course of the pandemic, and thank the Bayside Conference for their work.”


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