The traditional state wrestling meet was set to begin Thursday, and was initially altered to start today because of the ice and snow that largely paralyzed the metro-Atlanta area.
The postponement of the wrestling championships was welcome news for many local coaches, who are now in a holding pattern until the GHSA’s next move.
If the tournament had continued as planned, teams from areas of the state not affected by the weather, particularly the southern portion of the state from the Atlantic coast west toward Valdosta, would have had an advantage.
Moving the date of the tournament has also forced the GHSA to find a new venue, or multiple venues, to serve as host. The Arena at Gwinnett Center is not available due to prior commitments to its regular tenant, the Gwinnett Gladiators hockey team.
The GHSA says it is looking into other potential venues, though one scenario could see specific high schools serve as host.
Also Wednesday, the GHSA revised its earlier plan for completing the region basketball tournaments.
Now, regions will have to have until Wednesday to complete their tournaments and determine their four seeds for the state playoffs.
Originally, the GHSA wanted the tournaments to be completed no later than Monday and gave region organizers the option of having teams play two games in a day, provided they received at least 4 hours of rest in between.
But that plan became moot once the winter storm moved through the metro-Atlanta area and dropped up to 6 inches of snow and an inch or more of ice in some locations.
“This revision will allow all regions to complete tournament games without reducing the original number of teams participating in the tournament, and the potential of teams playing multiple games in one day,” the GHSA said in a release.
The start of the state tournaments, originally scheduled for Tuesday, will be delayed until at least Feb. 21. The GHSA is currently reworking the schedule for the first three rounds of the tournament.
Region 5AAAAAA will split Saturday’s quarterfinal-round games into two locations. The girls games will be held at Woodstock starting at 4:30 p.m., while the boys games will be at Etowah beginning at 3 p.m.
All four semifinal games will be at Etowah starting at 2 p.m. Monday, and the region championship games will be Tuesday night.
Region 7AAAAA was originally scheduled to have a marathon of eight games starting at 10 a.m. today at Sequoyah. The only update received by Thursday afternoon was that games would not begin until Saturday.
The Region 7AAAA tournament at Cass, involving the River Ridge boys and girls teams, will also start no earlier than Saturday, though an exact schedule had not been released late Thursday afternoon.