Midlands Championships wrestling event canceled

The Midlands Championships are the third event to be canceled due to COVID-19 concerns for NIU Athletics this season.

FromKALB – The latest outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the United States has once again impacted NIU athletics. This time the NIU fight faces impact as the 2021 Midlands Championships have been cancelled. This is the third event to be canceled for any NIU program and the first for the NIU wrestling team.

The wrestling event, which was to be held at NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates, was canceled Wednesday “out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of all tournament participants,” according to a press release from Northwestern University Athletics.

“Midlands lore is an important part of the wrestling community,” said Midlands Championships Director Tim Cysewski in Wednesday’s announcement. “However, ensuring the health and safety of all participants, coaches, staff and fans is our top priority.”

The announcement comes amid a spike in COVID-19 cases among college and professional sports. Several leagues have been forced to postpone or cancel games in light of several players and employees testing positive for the virus.

The United States is currently experiencing a weekly average of about 161,000 positive cases, according to CDC data.

The news comes a day after the cancellation of the men’s basketball game against Indiana State University which was originally scheduled to take place tonight.

Wednesday’s announcement also said Midlands would not be carried over for this season and will return in December 2022.

The wrestling team will now have the whole new year to prepare for their next meeting against Central Michigan University on January 7 at 7 p.m. CT at DeKalb.