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Montana High School Association cancels inaugural boys powerlifting season

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Posted at 1:30 PM, Jul 01, 2020

HELENA -- Montana's inaugural boys powerlifting season is going to have to wait.

The Montana High School Association announced Wednesday that the 2020-21 boys powerlifting season has been canceled. The sport's addition was recently approved by the MHSA membership when girls wrestling was added earlier this year, but there aren't enough schools interested in participating this year to have a powerlifting season. Despite the lack of interest this year, boys powerlifting will again be offered in future years if enough schools are interested.

The MHSA executive board held a meeting last week that also included other minor actions:

  • A rotation pairing Class AA with A and Class B with C will be added to the state track and field rotation. State track meets are annually held at two sites with the present rotation including only Class AA-B and Class A-C or Class AA-C and Class A-B. The Class AA-A and Class B-C pairings will be included in a new three-year rotation.
  • The board approved a number of adjusted state brackets, including the Class A soccer and football brackets, the Class B football, volleyball and basketball brackets, and the Class B-C wrestling bracket. All brackets will be distributed two member schools for discussion and feedback for two weeks. Upon finalized, the changes will take place for the 2020-21 school year.
  • The board also approved the adjusted 6- and 8-Man brackets.

The board also approved shotgun starts for the Class A divisional and state golf meets, as well as advancing the first 10 placers, including ties, at both Class A divisional track meets to the state meet.

In wrestling, the board approved expanding the Class AA wrestling seeding tournaments to two-day divisional tournaments. No team trophies will be presented, but medals will be award to individual placers.