FRAMINGHAM – While the Massachusetts Interscolastic Athletic Association (MIAA) has approved wrestling for a spring season, Framingham High’s athletes will have no matches or meets against another high school.
Wrestling is typically a winter sport, but due to the pandemic, it did not happen in the 2020-21 school year.
The MIAA in agreeing to a shorten covid-19 season said each community must approve the sport through its school district or Board of Health.
‘Framingham Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay is allowing the team to have inter-squad matches like a training camp, but there will be no meets against other high school or rival Natick High,
“While I am encouraged by the many COVID risk mitigation efforts in our schools and what appears to be an overall downward trend of daily COVID cases in the City, I remain concerned that the highest number of COVID cases continues to be among our youth. We must remain vigilant and consider our community circumstances, as we have been doing all along, as decisions about public health are made. We have invested millions of dollars in efforts to keep our students and staff as safe as possible and by most measures, we have done well. We have spent hours discussing appropriate physical distancing in schools when it comes to classroom instruction, recess, eating meals, musical performances, and athletics. In all of these discussions there has been a common refrain: maintain appropriate social/physical distancing. Wrestling, by the very nature of the sport, does not lend itself to physical distancing,” said Tremblay in a statement to SOURCE media.
“That being said, however, I have given my full support for the wrestling team to train and condition together at a safe distance. Like other difficult decisions that I have had to make in the wake of the pandemic, I am not saying no to wrestling in Framingham. I am, however, clearing saying not yet,” said Tremblay yesterday, May 4.
“Framingham was not cleared to compete this spring along with many other schools throughout the state. It is not easy to watch as the seniors who have worked so hard not have a chance to compete. I was confident this years team was going to be one that was special. However, wrestling is a metaphor for life. When it knocks you down, stand back up and keep moving forward. So that’s what Framingham Wrestling will do. I’ve encouraged our wrestlers to play their spring sport or try a spring sport. Those who didn’t want to play a spring sport but still wanted to train for next season or continue to build team cohesion will begin outdoor workouts 2x a week until mid June,” wrote the head coach Erik Delehanty on a social media group.