Wrestling Fans to Grapple with Cold

The 31st annual WSAZ Wrestling Invitational is underway. So guess what the weather is like? No suprises, Tony says cold and snow flurries are in the forecast.

WSAZ Wrestling Weather Lore

Calling all weather buffs! It is WSAZ Wrestling Invitational weekend, and you know what that means? It is sure to be cold and snowy, in one form or another!

Of course, it is late January now, the heart of winter. So what else would you expect but arctic blusters and snow squalls?

The tale of the tape says it all. You see thru the years, and this will be my 22nd WSAZ grappling event, the folklore shared by venerable coaches like Bill and Robbie Archer of Huntington High and Ernie Sparks of Cabell Midland is simple! The cold for the third weekend in January is as intense as a “body slam” and the snow “beats down” like an “arm drag”.

Take last year for a polar example. Friday dawned as one of the coldest days of the winter at 4 degrees in Huntington. Charleston area schools like Capitol High and Winfield “escaped” to the Big Sandy Arena thru the now famous blue haze/mist.

By Saturday, melting snow showers arrived in time for the evening championship matches. Typical WSAZ Wrestling weather, the old timers joked!

As for this year’s WSAZ Invitational weather, we are off to an uncharacteristically mild start, in fact one of the warmest of the decade (for the grapplers). Afternoon highs crested at 60 in downtown Huntington. That means the Big Sandy Superstore Arena is likely warmer than normal for fans and wrestlers alike.

But that will change by Saturday as chilling north winds arrive overnight Friday and the temperature does a “reversal” and heads south. That “pins us down" in the cold for the rest of the weekend.

Snow flurries will be around for the Saturday morning matinee. No accumulation mind you, but the cars parked outside the arena may have the windshields dusted.

Saturday’s daytime temperatures will struggle to stay above 30 in the morning, before giving up and tailing off in the afternoon as the sun sets in disgust. Readings in the 20s will feel teens.

Hey it is WSAZ Wrestling weekend, it is supposed to be cold!

Rob Johnson and I will be the proud trophy presenters on Saturday night as grand champions are crowned and new memories are made.
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