The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics on Wednesday, March 13, approved UJ’s plan to move Friday matches to Saturday for the NAIA Women’s Wrestling Invitational, said Sean Johnson, UJ athletic director. This will allow teams to drive or fly into Jamestown on Friday, after the blizzard expected Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
“Everybody’s coming,” Johnson said. “That is good news for everyone.”
Around 70 percent of the 24 participating teams from 14 states were coming in Wednesday, he said. Those are mostly from neighboring states and the Midwest, while the teams flying in Friday are from the farthest states, such as California, Oregon, Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia, he said.
“We’ve got 180 wrestlers and probably 250 total when you count the coaches, athletic trainers and other people associated with the teams,” Johnson said. “That’s around 100 hotels rooms not counting the fans.”
A one-day collegiate wrestling tournament is not out of the norm, and no rounds or competitions are being canceled, he said. Women’s collegiate wrestling is a freestyle event with shorter matches, which makes a one-day tournament even of this size possible and without being rushed, he said.
“We would rather do a two-day event, but a championship tournament