With the Midlands wrestling tournament now cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions, University of Pittsburgh Head Wrestling Coach Keith Gavin says, it won’t stop the team.
Gavin said he found out about the cancelled tournament on social media and immediately started to come up with a plan b.
“One of my assistant coaches sent me the post on twitter which is a weird way to find out and it was surprising to say the least,” Gavin said. “We immediately started to scramble to figure out where we could compete because Midlands was the premier event on our schedule.”
Thursday morning, the Illinois Matmen twitter account tweeted, “Midlands is cancelled…but the tournament is happening. We have a venue, we have teams that are in. The 2021 Matmen and MatWomen open. This is happening!!! Any colleges interested reach out.”
Gavin tweeted back, @Pitt_WRES is in.
“I called some coaches and we tried to put our heads together to figure something out,” Gavin added.
The new tournament is set to take place the same dates as Midland, December 29-30. And at the same venue, NOW arena.
“For us it was a no brainer since we already had our flights,” Gavin said.
When asked if the Omicron variant worries the coaching staff heading into a tournament like this, Gavin said no. “Our team is fully vaccinated and we haven’t had any issues so we’re not nervous about it.”
The wrestlers have the next couple of days off for Christmas break and they will return to the wrestling room December 26th.