JUCO Wrestling

ECC's DeeJay McNal (left), who placed fifth in the national tournament last season, will have to wait to start his sophomore campaign. He, like every other junior college wrestler in the nation, cannot begin practices until Jan. 1, with competition beginning Jan. 20. By then, the season will be more than a month behind normal. But that isn't all bad, said first-year head coach Tyson Springer.

It’s already been quite a spring and summer for Tyson Springer. In March, wrestling and other sports were put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. In April, he was named the new head coach at Ellsworth Community.

Late last week, the NJCAA put another wrinkle in the works when it announced an altered 2020-21 season that pushed everything back a month. That includes moving fall practices from September to October, and regular in-season practices until January 1. Competitions will not begin until Jan. 20, with the National Tournament pushed to April 23-24.

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