VALLEY CITY, N.D. — Like everything else over the past 10 months, the postseason tournaments for winter sports will look a bit different.
The North Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors approved modifications Tuesday, Jan. 12, to the region and state tournaments for hockey and wrestling amidst the ongoing pandemic. The Board approved the alterations, which were recommended by its Combined Tournament Committee, during a virtual meeting.
As part of the changes, there’ll be no individual region wrestling tournaments in 2021 for Class A or Class B.
Like a normal year, a seeding meeting will take place prior to the state tournament to seed the individual brackets. The only difference is this year is it will be an altered body of work without the individual region tournaments.
The state wrestling tournament will be held at the Fargodome, with the individual portion slated for Feb. 18-19. Class A and Class B will compete in separate sessions both days on the individual side.
The entire team dual portion of the tournament, which is typically held in a two-day span, will be held Saturday, Feb. 20.
The boys region hockey tournaments will be played Feb. 16 and Feb. 18 at the sites of the higher seed. The West Region tournament will conclude Feb. 20 at MAYSA Arena in Minot, and at Purpur Arena in Grand Forks for the East side of the state that same day.
For the boys and girls state hockey tournaments, the quarterfinal round will be played Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the higher seed. The semifinals, third place and championship games for both boys and girls are set for Feb. 26-27 at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.
Ticket information for both postseason tournaments will be released as the event gets closer. Modifications for the remaining winter postseason sports and fine arts contests will be announced at a later time, according to the Jan. 12 NDHSAA release.
Also announced Tuesday was a change to regular-season tournaments and meets. The NDHSAA will now allow for up to eight teams or 112 participants if more than eight schools. The increase in participant restrictions follows Gov. Doug Burgum’s Jan. 4 announcement, which lowered North Dakota’s statewide COVID-19 risk level from high to moderate.