Word from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association is that sectional wrestling singlets are back.
The New York Wrestling News website reported Wednesday that the Executive Committee reversed on Tuesday an earlier vote that discontinued the wearing of sectional singlets at the New York State Wrestling Championships, in favor of wrestlers wearing their school singlets.
Here's what the New York Wrestling News article stated: "According to NYSPHSAA Executive Director Robert Zayas, a 12-10 Committee vote dictated that Sectional uniforms will be allowed in all individual state championship sports 'as long as no cost is incurred by the student, school or Section*.' In addition, he emphasized that the ruling means that Sectional singlets are permitted, but are not required."
Tim Herman, the editor of the outstanding Western New York wrestling website armdrag.com was instrumental in pushing an online petition to convince NYSPHSAA to reverse the earlier decision.
Sectional singlets are a matter of pride for most state qualifiers and they become trophies in and of themselves to those who make it to states.
And with each section wearing its own unique color and design -- maroon and white for Section II, purple for Section V, red for Section IV, Columbia blue for Section I, navy and gray for Section VII, etc. -- it makes things a lot easier for fans in the stands (and reporters on press row) to identify wrestlers from their section at the Times Union Center, when there are eight matches going on at once on the floor.
This is a good move by NYSPHSAA, one for which they should be commended. I'm sure that most sections will find a way to pay for sectional singlets.