Print Wrestlers wait while skin infection delays state meet
Written by George Werner   
Friday, 14 February 2014 08:58

Camp Verde High School principal and head wrestling coach Bob Weir had his team ready and waiting to travel to Phoenix for its Section II tournament at Bourgade High School on Friday, Feb. 7.

Alex Casillas, left, gets Matt Mejia into an awkward position at wrestling practice on Jan. 23. The two sophomores are expected to qualify for the Division IV state tournament — at 113 and 120 pounds, respectively — to be held Thursday, Feb. 13, through Friday, Feb. 14, at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

Then, right before he was about to board the team bus, the call came: Cancelled.

“We had our busses all gassed up and ready to go, then we find out all sectionals were cancelled,” Weir said Monday morning, Feb. 10. “So we don’t know which of our kids are qualified for state, if sectionals are going to be re-played, anything.”

The Arizona Interscholastic Association issued a release Feb. 7 on its website stating that “a number of wrestlers had contracted a skin infection” and, due to the large number of wrestlers with the infection, all sectional wrestling tournaments “as a precautionary measure” were being postponed until further notice, the release stated.

For the full story, please see the Wednesday, Feb. 12, issue of the Camp Verde Journal.