The Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency announced today the county’s public and private schools will be closed Friday. County schools haven't been in session since Monday.
According to the Alabama High School Athletic Association rules, all practices and games are canceled if school is canceled.
The Calhoun County wrestling meet, which was scheduled for Saturday at Weaver High, has been canceled as well, according to the host school's coach, Andy Fulmer. With section meets set for Feb. 7-8, county coaches agreed they would rather get their wrestlers in shape for the state tournament qualifier rather than cram the county tournament into an already busy week.
Fulmer said it was "more important to get our kids on weight and back in wrestling shape for super sections next week," than have the tournament.
Fulmer, who wrestled at Weaver from 1995-98 and has coached the Bearcats for the last 10 years, said he can’t remember the county match being canceled.
Wrestlers may have bigger concerns than just missing the county tournament. Because of the AHSAA rule governing not only competition but also practices when school is closed, local teams haven’t been able to work out.
Fulmer said that without practicing since Monday, some wrestlers struggle to remain the appropriate weight for their weight classes.
“I’ve got three or four wrestlers that have been sitting around, and they’re trying to diet and not eat the whole time so they can make weight,” Fulmer said. “Without practicing, it’s going to be hard for them to make weight.”