COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the sites for the state wrestling and ice hockey tournaments March 13-14.
The state wrestling tournament will be held at three Central District high school locations while hockey will be played at the OhioHealth Ice Haus in Columbus, which is attached to Nationwide Arena.
“We want to thank these three member schools for agreeing to host the wrestling state tournament along with everyone associated with the Ice Haus, Nationwide Arena and the Blue Jackets for their work to host the ice hockey state tournament,” said OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute.
“The most important thing we are doing is giving our student-athletes a chance to compete. Our member schools and other tournament sites are to be commended for doing everything they can to provide these opportunities during the pandemic.”
The Division I state wrestling tournament will be hosted by Hilliard Darby High School. Highland High School in Marengo will host Division II, while Marion Harding High School will host Division III.
Session times for wrestling will be announced at a later date. The tournament format is tentatively scheduled to follow the district tournament format.
At the conclusion of competition on March 13, the OHSAA will have wrestled through two championship rounds and two consolation rounds leaving 112 wrestlers advancing to Sunday’s competition (eight wrestlers per weight class).
Ticketing information will be distributed only to qualifying wrestlers through their school’s athletic director. There will be no public ticket sales.
All state tournament matches will be streamed live through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Network. Additional details on how to access the video streams will be shared closer to the event.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Nationwide Arena is not able to host the ice hockey state tournament on the dates scheduled by the OHSAA, and the Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University is not able to host the wrestling state tournament.
The OHSAA is still working to announce sites for the regional and state basketball tournaments.
As previously announced, the swimming and diving state tournament will remain at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton February 24-27, the bowling state tournaments will remain at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl February 26-27 and March 5-6 and the gymnastics state tournament will remain at Hilliard Bradley High School March 5-6.