The New England Small College Athletic Conference announced the cancellation of winter sports competition today. Williams, Wesleyan, and Trinity are the the NESCAC schools that sponsor wrestling. Schools will be able to make their own decisions regarding winter sports; there just will not be official conference competition and championships.
Trinity’s release states, “This announcement does not restrict institutions from developing individual plans for winter sports that involve practice or competition, including competition with other NESCAC institutions who choose to compete,” and, “In addition to practice, we know that competition is an important part of the collegiate athletic experience. . .We will continue to pursue the possibility of a robust winter sports experience that meets Trinity, State of Connecticut, and NCAA guidelines.
Williams, on the other hand, has canceled winter sports competition. “We write with the disappointing news that our winter varsity athletes will not compete this year. The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has just announced a unanimous decision not to hold a competitive winter sports season, and we are therefore canceling all intercollegiate competition.”
Wesleyan’s website, as of 2:45pm Thursday, reproduces the NESCAC release without adding any details about their plans.