WSAZ Wrestling Weather Lore
OK, let me admit it up front. It is January and so it is supposed to be cold and snowy! So for me to boast how “it always snows and is always cold” for the WSAZ Wrestling Invitational is kind of a no-brainer.
You see thru the years, and this will be my 21st 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 pelts down like an arm drag.
Last year up until WSAZ Invite weekend, the winter’s weather was tame. Then walla, as if by magic, the cold hit that Saturday and Sunday we experienced our first snow of the year.
As for this year’s WSAZ Invitational weather, an arctic front will cross the region Saturday afternoon with a blustery wind blown snow shower dusting the ground. Temperatures will stay near freezing most of the day even when the sun makes a cameo appearance.
By 3 o’clock as the afternoon session draws to a conclusion, the sun will give up trying to warm downtown Huntington and the mercury will head south.
I expect evening temperatures to tumble thru the 20s and reach 19 with a wind chill of 5 by 10 PM as we crown this year’s grand team champion. A fresh dusting of snow will usher our wrestlers home as the chat in the car will include, “it also seems to snow and it’s always cold for the WSAZ Wrestling Meet” Hey, it’s January, it is supposed to be that way!