Undeterred by Numbers, Bluejays Want a Chance to Compete

By Matt Krumrie

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every wrestling program across the state in one way or another. At Minnesota West, it's in terms of numbers. Head coach Randy Baker enters his second season as head coach with a roster greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We have just started to work out," said Baker in mid-November. "We have been on hold all fall. I have had some football/wrestler athletes who decided not to attend with fall sports being canceled. I am hoping to get a few more wrestlers on campus for the second semester. But as you know, there is much uncertainty with each new day and week."

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NJCAA announces 2020-21 eligibility status

Charlotte, NC – The NJCAA Board of Regents met Thursday to discuss NJCAA student-athlete eligibility for the 2020-21 academic year. Following the Board of Regents’ vote, all 2020-21 NJCAA sport seasons (fall, winter, spring) will not count towards student-athlete eligibility. The eligibility relief is provided to all NJCAA student-athletes regardless of sport season participation in the 2020-21 academic year.

“The Board of Regents feels this decision is best for the success and well-being of our student-athletes and member colleges at this time,” stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO. “There is no right answer to this challenge and situation, but as an association, we are going to support the eligibility of all our student-athletes to help them succeed in their academic and athletic careers.”

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MCAC Presidents Announce Decision on Fall Sports

The Minnesota State presidents of the member colleges of the MCAC met to determine how to move forward with intercollegiate athletics for fall semester in light of COVID-19. The presidents reaffirmed the commitment to protecting the health of student athletes.

In consideration of the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health, fall sports will be limited to those that have been identified as low-risk, Clay Target and Golf. Seasons have been canceled for football, volleyball, and soccer.

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MCAC Wrestling Programs Head to National Tournament This Weekend

Winona, MN — The Minnesota College Athletic Conference wrestling season concluded recently with the 2019-20 North District Tournament, hosted by Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. At the event, several student-athletes earned their way to the 2019-20 NJCAA Wrestling National Championships, to be held at the Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa on March 6-7.

For the most in-depth coverage of the 2019-20 NJCAA Wrestling National Championships, fans, families, and followers from around the MCAC should head to NJCAA Wrestling Championship website, found at https://www.njcaawrestlingcb.com/tournament.asp

The NJCAA Wrestling Championship website includes key details, such as the event Live Stream link, updated brackets during the competition and more, courtesy of FLO Wrestling and the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Continue reading at mcacsports.org