Iowa wrestling returned from its week-long COVID pause earlier this week and while that wasn't soon enough for Friday's Iowa-Northwestern dual meet to take place, there was some hope that Iowa's dual meet with Wisconsin, originally scheduled for Sunday night, could still go ahead as planned. About that...
SCHEDULE UPDATE:— Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling (@Hawks_Wrestling) February 20, 2021
Sunday's dual at Wisconsin has been cancelled.
The decision to cancel was made by Wisconsin's medical staff. Gary Barta and Tom Brands... did not seem to agree with their call.
“The University of Iowa medical staff, using Big Ten and institutional guidelines, has cleared the Iowa Wrestling team to return to competition. Coach Brands and his team returned to full in-person activities Thursday. We are disappointed in the decision to cancel Sunday’s dual.”
“Our medical team did their job to the nth degree. We have been diligent. We have followed protocol. We have the green light to compete from our medical professionals and per Big Ten Conference protocol.”
But what's done is done and #1 Iowa wrestling won't be in action tomorrow night.
When will they be back in action? Good question. The Wisconsin dual meet was Iowa's last scheduled dual meet for this season. Their next scheduled competition is the Big Ten Tournament, set for March 6-7. I haven't heard anything about the Big Ten trying to squeeze in any of the dual meets that were postponed/canceled earlier in the season next week.
Honestly, while a part of me would love to see Iowa compete in another dual meet or two -- this team is so much fun to watch that I'm never going to turn down the opportunity to do so -- another part of me thinks we should just try to stick everyone in a bubble to try and ensure that the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments can happen, with as little COVID interruption as possible. As disappointing and frustrating as this truncated regular season has been for wrestling, it would be even worse to lose out on those tournaments, or to have someone unable to compete in them due to COVID-related issues. February was pretty much a bust for Iowa wrestling; here's hoping March is much more successful.