LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has decided to postpone the State Wrestling Championships, due to inclement weather.

The organization issued the announcement through a news release.

The competition was originally scheduled to happen February 19-21, but will now take place March 9-11.

“KHSAA State events are large-scale undertakings, and with the expansion of the state tournament several years ago, we are very limited in options for holding the event,” said Commissioner Julian Tackett. “We absolutely have to be able to put down at least eight mats to get the tournament completed in two days, and that in and of itself limits our options.

"We are thankful our hosting partners at the Alltech Arena on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park were able to work out new dates," Tackett also said. "We tried to work cooperatively with another event that is scheduled for Sunday and rearrange schedules, but that group was unwilling to move, leaving us very few options.”

“We have been able in very short order to re-book the large block of rooms we use at the official headquarters, and re-schedule vendors and secure the arena on the first available three-day period for that facility," said KHSAA Assistant Commissioner Michael Barren. "It was critical in working with the Commissioner that we make this decision as early as possible in the interest of the safety and welfare of our competitors, coaches, workers and officials. We will allow a one pound growth allowance for each of the weight classes in an additional effort to accommodate this postponement.”

Tackett also said many options were reviewed before finalizing the change. “These championships are years in the making and scheduling, and it isn't easy to simply move any of them. I know that Mike (Barren) and his tournament staff will work with the folks at Alltech Arena to get things moved in on March 9, and utilize the regular schedule for March 10 and 11, as we work to get this event completed and allow the students their well-earned opportunity to compete," Tackett said.

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