Wrestling

Broncs wrestler Kirby Castagno grapples with his opponent night during a 2018 wrestling meet against Pinedale at Jackson Hole High School. The Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees declined to pause wrestling Wednesday night in the face of concerns about COVID-19.

Wrestling will go on as planned, as will other winter sports.

The Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees considered temporarily pausing wrestling because of concerns about COVID-19 at its Wednesday night meeting, but ultimately the board wasn't interested in eliminating the afterschool option. Trustee Kate Mead posed a motion to pause the sport until Dec. 15, but it didn't garner a second and didn't move to a vote.

"We're going to continue with winter sports as planned so that all those folks that sent us notes about basketball and so on and so forth understand we are not going to discontinue them," Trustee Janine Teske.

Concerns about viral spread during sports were addressed in several presentations, including one from Activities Director Mike Hansen, who said no cases of COVID-19 were traced to fall sports and that precautions were in place in the hopes that would be the case with winter sports as well.

Ultimately, board members said they were worried about what kids would do if wrestling were paused. Given that viral precautions are in place during practices, district administrators said sports were likely safer than unstructured afterschool activities.

This is a developing story. Read more in Friday's Jackson Hole Daily.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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