|1/2/2020 3:47:00 PM|
Icy roads leave losses in question
Rogers Holiday Matness
The Chisago Lakes School District decided that, because of the extremely icy roads this past Saturday morning, the Wildcats would not be allowed to travel to Rogers for the second day of Rogers Holiday Matness. This shows that the school district thinks the safety of its students is of paramount importance. But the tournament itself wasn’t cancelled, so Saturday matches for the Wildcat wrestlers who were supposed to participate were recorded as forfeits – at least for the time being.
Will those forfeits count as forfeits, and therefore losses, in the individual statistics of each of the Wildcat wrestlers who wrestled Friday night and were scheduled to wrestle again on Saturday? Wildcat head coach Shawn Frederixon is unsure at this point. He said “Our guys weren’t able to wrestle, through no fault of their own. It’s not like they didn’t make weight. The district said they were not allowed to travel to Rogers to participate. It looks like none of the other school districts restricted travel, so all of the other teams showed up.” Frederixon will likely reach out to the MSHSL to get a ruling on the status of the matches: will they show up as forfeits for the individual wrestlers or will they not count at all?
If the matches are not counted, will the Wildcat coaches pursue additional matches for those four wrestlers to make up for the matches they missed? Frederixon said “We may try to find some quality matches for them, but we are not going to add matches just to chase match counts. The actual goal is to earn a trip to state. It’s a long season and the kids already have quite a few matches left.”
Nolan Huffman (145), Charlie Schumacher (152), Austin Siefert (170) and Connor Bleymeyer (285) were the four Wildcats who wrestled Friday. Frederixon said, “Nolan and Austin needed to win one mor match to place. Connor, realistically, would probably have won the tourney since earlier this year he pinned the kid that ended up winning this tournament.” Bleymeyer, despite not wrestling Saturday and forfeiting three matches that day, still finished sixth at 285.