Wrestling careers cut short, state tournament cancelled amid pandemic

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By Flyer Staff

On Thursday, March 26, 2020 The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced that all winter sports tournaments are now cancelled.

Originally, winter sports were postponed due to Covid-19 and the closing of school buildings for three weeks. 

Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass stated in the release, “We are just devastated that the tournaments cannot be completed, but our priority is the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, communities and officials. 

So, what does all of this mean for Fairmont? Senior wrestlers Nevan Snodgrass and Evan Overholser will not get to compete in Columbus. 

“We were heartbroken for both Nevan and Evan. We really felt confident that Nevan was going to win the state title and that Evan was going to get on the podium,” said head wrestling coach Frank Baxter. 

Snodgrass finished his career as a Firebird with an overall record of 132-17. He was also a 3x State Placer (4th-4th-3rd), a 4x State Qualifier, 3x District Champ, 4x Sectional Champ, 3x GWOC Champ, he broke numerous school records, was a 6x USA Wrestling All-American (Freestyle & Greco-Roman) and was Nationally-ranked (as high as 2nd).

Snodgrass will attend The University of Northern Iowa on scholarship. UNI is a top-15 Division One NCAA Program. 

Overholser completed his high school career with an overall record of 104-40.

He was a State Qualifier, 3x District Qualifier and Sectional Champion. He also maintained a 4.4+ GPA during his time. 

He will attend either the United States Air Force Academy or West Point in the fall.

“These guys mean a lot more to us than just a title or place on a podium. They’ve been outstanding role models for our program. The journey they’ve been on has been worth it and will serve them well in the future. We couldn’t be more proud of them,” Baxter said. 

Baxter said both have been through a lot and have worked tremendously hard to put themselves in the position to achieve their goals. 

“Obviously, the world turned upside down though and we know there are things bigger than wrestling. But that doesn’t take away the pain of losing their state tournament or the empty feeling,” Baxter said. 

According to the press release, The start of the OHSAA’s spring sports of softball, lacrosse, baseball, track and field and boys tennis is still postponed, which coincides with schools not being open.

Link to OHSAA Press Release: https://ohsaa.org/news-media/articles/ohsaa-winter-tournaments-move-from-postponed-to-cancelled