Snow or no, the show will go on.
While a couple of area events have already been postponed due to the winter storm that’s expected to hit the area on Saturday, the Van Buren Invitational will be wrestled as scheduled beginning today at Van Buren High School.
The 30-team event has been tweaked.
Wrestling will begin at 4 p.m. today, possibly a bit earlier, if at all possible.
Two championship rounds will be wrestled up to the semifinals and two consolation rounds will also take place tonight.
Saturday’s action has been moved up 30 minutes to a 9 a.m. start. The tournament will be condensed as much as possible so the finals can take place at approximately 2 p.m.
As expected, the 182 pound weight class should be worth the price of admission alone.
Returning state placers DeAndre Nassar (Bluffton), Tanner May (Carey) and Danny Rosales (Ottawa-Glandorf) are seeded first, second and third repsectively.
Four other area wrestlers are the top seeds in their respective weight classes.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Isaac Hernandez is seeded first at 132 pounds, Elmwood freshman Gunner Endicott got the top nod at 145 pounds and Lakota’s Trevor Franks in No. 1 at 160.
Columbus Grove’s Dylan Sargent is the top-seeded wrestler at 220 pounds.
The two-day Maumee Bay Classic at Oregon Clay, which features Findlay, Patrick Henry and Upper Sandusky has also updated its schedule because of the weather.
Wrestling will begin at 11 a.m. today or an hour after the final team finishes weigh ins.
There will be at least one extra consolation round wrestlers compared to past years. If time permits, the semifinals and an addition consolation round will also take place Friday night.
Saturday’s action will begin at 9 a.m. with the finals taking place approximately 11 a.m.