Just six days before winter high school sports are allowed to begin practicing, Boulder County Public Health cleared the way for wrestling to return.
Despite the Colorado High School Activities Association winning variances from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment and state officials for winter sports and activities to begin practice on Monday, county officials decided wrestling could not go forward in St. Vrain and Boulder Valley school districts because of concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.
This week, however, Boulder County Public Health reconsidered and reached an agreement with both school districts to allow the season to proceed.
Coaches and students at Longmont, Silver Creek and Skyline high schools all shared in the celebration before they returned to piecing together a schedule for the next several weeks.
In the agreement announced Tuesday, all wrestlers must remain exclusively in online-only classes during the season. SVVSD high school students are slated on Tuesday to return to a hybrid model of in-person classes and remote learning, one day after the first practice on Monday.
Wrestlers also must wear masks at and during matches and are required to frequently be tested under Boulder County Public Health supervision.
Wrestling will join boys and girls basketball, girls swimming and diving, ice hockey and competitive spirit as the first indoor sports of the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Season B. Attendance at games, meets and events will be limited to family with a few exceptions.
Like many Colorado seasons, wrestling is scheduled to come and go in a flash. The abridged state championships end in mid-March.