Published February 12. 2013 4:00AM
The Eastern Connecticut Conference announced Monday night the cancellation of its 2013 wrestling tournament.
The event, originally scheduled for last Friday and Saturday, was going to be completed in one day (today) at Fitch High School and scaled back to eight wrestlers in each weight class.
But after learning a number of its member institutions would not have school again today, and with the CIAC class championship tournaments scheduled to begin on Friday, ECC officials decided holding the event this year was not possible.
The decision means Ledyard wins the Large Division title and Windham the Small Division crown. Results from the league tournament would have helped decide the division champions.
"There are four schools that are not in school tomorrow and if they don't go to school, they can't wrestle," ECC spokesperson Jan Voland said. "That's four schools that couldn't wrestle."
The league had pushed the tournament back as far as it could before getting too close to the state tournaments. Other conferences, such as the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference and Southern Connecticut Conference, decided Sunday to cancel their respective tournaments.
Voland, the Plainfield High School athletic director, couldn't recall the ECC having to cancel its wrestling tourney.
"I asked someone about that today, and they couldn't remember it," Voland said.
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H.S. schedule changes
• The following Monday events were postponed: Boys' basketball - Norwich Free Academy at Hartford Capital (Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m.), East Lyme at Hartford Classical (Saturday), 1 p.m.; Putnam at Norwich Tech (Thursday, 7 p.m.); Girls' basketball - Plainfield at Waterford (Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.); Gymnastics - Eastern Connecticut Conference Championship (today at Deary's Gymnastics in Killingly, 6 p.m.); Men's basketball - Mitchell College at Southern Vermont (today, 7 p.m.); Women's basketball - Mitchell College at Southern Vermont (today, 5 p.m.).
• The following events scheduled for today have been moved: Boys' basketball - Griswold at New London (Wednesday, 7 p.m.); Plainville at Old Lyme (Wednesday, 7 p.m.); Girls' basketball - Ledyard at East Lyme (Wednesday, 7 p.m.); New London at Westbrook (Wednesday, 6 p.m.); Putnam at Wheeler (Feb. 18, 7 p.m.); Old Lyme at Lyman Memorial (TBA); Gymnastics - Stonington at Hand (Feb. 18, noon); Boys' and girls' indoor track - Class L Championship (Friday at Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, 4 p.m.).