Tournament leaving McDaniel


High School

March 11, 2003|By Lem Satterfield

The 4A-3A and 2A-1A public schools' state wrestling tournaments, held for the final time at McDaniel College last weekend, are being relocated, state association director Ned Sparks said last night.

"The 19 years at Western Maryland/McDaniel, and they've been absolutely terrific," Sparks said, "but we've lost parking and so forth, and they want to use the facility.

"We can't argue with that. We don't know yet where we're going, but we're looking. We don't have in this state a mid-sized arena that is [central to everyone] and colleges have their priorities at this critical time of the season."

The state wrestling committee will meet March 25 to discuss the requirements needed for a new facility, which include locker rooms, comfortable seating for fans, floor space for eight mats, bathroom facilities and consessions, Sparks said. "It has to be near reasonably affordable hotels," he said, adding that the MPSSAA re-imburses teams that must stay overnight.

Venues such as the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury and Cole Field House in College Park are a consideration, Sparks said.

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