The COVID-19 omicron variant is wreaking havoc on sports. The NHL has suspended their season, NFL games are being moved around, the NBA has postponed multiple games and collegiate wrestling is now impacted.
Earlier Wednesday, the 58th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championship, set to take place in Hoffman Estates, Illinois at the end of the month, was cancelled. University of Pittsburgh wrestlers were set to compete in the event.
Pittsburgh Sports Now has reached out to a team representative for comment but so far has not heard back.
In a statement on the Northwestern University website, it says, “…the tournament was cancelled out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of all tournament participants.” The website adds the tournament will not be rescheduled this year. Tickets are being refunded.
The tournament was Pitt’s only scheduled event between their dual against Ohio State on Dec. 12 and against Penn on Jan. 7, leaving a three-week gap in between competitions for the Panthers’ wrestlers