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Prep wrestling: Covid-19 concerns force cancellation of 2020 Battle of Waterloo
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Prep wrestling: Covid-19 concerns force cancellation of 2020 Battle of Waterloo

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Don Bosco's Cael Frost is mobbed by his teammates after winning in sudden victory over Waverly-Shell Rock's Evan Yant at the Battle of Waterloo in December. The Dons and Go-Hawks are among the favorites at Wednesday's State Duals in Des Moines.

WATERLOO — After weighing several different options, the Battle of Waterloo wrestling tournament committee came to a tough decision to cancel the 32-team dual tournament that was scheduled to run Dec. 18-19.

Waterloo Schools Director of Athletics, Dan Huff, sent out an email to all 32 schools Wednesday morning announcing the decision.

“The safety of all of the competing athletes, coaches, event workers, and spectators was our first consideration in making this decision. Additionally, we needed to consider the potential guidance from Young Arena, the city of Waterloo, and the Black Hawk Public Health Department in making our decision,” the letter said.

Last year, which was the 10th year of the event and featured its first ever girls’ division, saw all three traditional state champions — Don Bosco of Gilbertville, Osage and Waverly-Shell Rock, in addition to two state dual champions, Lisbon and West Delaware of Manchester, — compete in the tournament.

“It’s a bummer,” Huff said in an interview with the Courier. “We looked at a lot of different scenarios, including running two smaller one-day events. But with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic increasing, the mitigation efforts and the uncertainty of the future conditions it just wasn’t going to work.

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“It is a great event, but in the end, we had to do what was right.”

Huff said work will begin on next year’s event with the dates Dec. 17-18, 2021 already set.