Countdown to wrestling season

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Emily Hogsett, News Editor

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, wrestling and all other sports categorized in season B will not be permitted to begin until Jan. 25 with competitions beginning on Feb. 1.  Sports season B includes wrestling, swimming, spirit, boys basketball, and girls basketball.  

Wrestling season will conclude with a modified regional tournament and state tournament after the seven-week season.  Teams are allowed to have seven tournaments (with a limit of eight teams per tournament) and seven duals.  

Regionals will be a two-day long tournament with the first seven weight divisions competing the first day, followed by the second seven weight divisions the next day.  First and second place in the weight divisions will advance to the state championship.  The state tournament will last one day and will be an eight-man bracket with consolation.  

Due to wrestling being an indoor sport, Eaton High School and other Weld County schools sent a plan to the Weld County Health Department regarding spectators. They are hoping to have 100 spectators permitted into athletic events, but an official decision has not yet been made.  

“My favorite part about wrestling is how deep the wrestling family runs across the country.  My goal this year is to be both an individual and team champ,” said Tanner True (21).   

Eaton High School’s wrestling team has been going in and working out as a team after school since practice cannot begin until the end of January.  

Last year, Eaton finished off their wrestling season by taking home the State Championship for 2A wrestling.  Ryan Dirksen (22) also brought home an individual state title for Eaton. Dirksen is hoping state will still happen. “I am hoping to be there.  I have put in the work.  My goal is to make it on that podium again and have a podium,” said Dirksen.  

As the wrestling season is right around the corner, the Reds are ready to be on the mat and in competition for their 2021 season.