AIA reschedules state wrestling tournaments after skin lesion outbreak

The Arizona Interscholastic Association announced Tuesday that it will reschedule state wrestling tournaments to Feb. 14 and 15, and Feb. 21 and 22, after the tournaments were canceled last week due to an outbreak of skin infections.

AIA officials postponed the tournaments after reports of multiple wrestlers with an unidentified skin infection. The tournaments were previously scheduled for Feb. 8

The state tournaments for Division III and IV will be held Feb. 14 and 15 at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. The Division I and II sectional tournaments will be held Feb. 15 at their original locations, and the state tournaments for Division I and II will be held Feb. 21 and 22 at Tim’s Toyota Center.

The complete schedule for all divisions should be posted by noon Wednesday on the AIA website. 

According to Maricopa County Public Health officials, 15 students within the county were reported as having skin lesions. They weren't able to clearly diagnose what exactly the lesions are, but hope to have a better understanding in the next few days. 

The infected wrestlers are from five schools that participated in a wrestling event on Jan. 24 and 25, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

The AIA is urging parents and participants to remain vigilant about preventing skin infections, saying students should inspect themselves once per day if they play skin-to-skin contact sports. Mats, clothes, gym bags and headgear should also be washing daily.

Wrestlers with skin lesions are instructed to contact their healthcare providers for treatment, officials say.

Wrestlers are encouraged to use antibiotic soap to prevent contracting and spreading skin infections, and some coaches recommend using a heavy-duty surgical scrub soap as well. 

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