College wrestling association ignores coronavirus warnings, holds national tournament
March 15, 2020


The National Collegiate Wrestling Association held its national championships this weekend, despite major concerns about the spread of COVID-19, a strain of the coronavirus.

The NCWA operates outside the NCAA, which suspended all sporting events in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Think of it as club wrestling, for teams outside of sanctioned NCAA competition.

The NCWA national championships saw over 600 athletes from 84 colleges in attendance, including large schools such as Ohio State and UCLA. The event was held in Allen, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

When asked why the event wasn’t canceled despite recommendations from local governments and the CDC, tournament executive director Jim Giunta told the Dallas Morning News that he believed “a lot of this is driven by fear” and “we’re going to operate on faith rather than fear.”