People dodged the snow and rain on Saturday and Sunday for a weekend long wrestling tournament at the Bayfront Convention Center.


Over 300 boys and girls, ranging from under eight to junior high competed in the ninth annual Battle on the Bay wrestling tournament hosted by the Rambler Wrestling Club.

Tanner Wisniewski, a ten year-old from Rolling Ridge Elementary said his goal for the weekend was to have good performances on the mat.


Teams came from all around the region including from Ohio and southern Pennsylvania to compete.

Even after a record setting day of Covid-19 cases, some parents and coaches we spoke to still felt comfortable to attend the weekend tournament.


Rob Shay, the coach for Bad Karma, based out of Greenville, said,  "A lot of the people have already gotten vaccinated, the people that are worried about it are wearing masks and I feel like people are hand sanitizing all the time and are keeping clean. So not really, I'm not really worried about the Covid."


He felt the tournament brought a sense of normalcy for children and athletes.
"We want these kids to be out in an atmosphere like this, it's good for them, it's good for us. It's great to have everything getting back to normal", said Shay.


Organizers said they have Covid-19 protocols in place as well but echoed that a return to normalcy was needed.


Pam Palotas, a Board Member with the Rambler Wrestling Club explained, "They try to do the social distancing, hand sanitizer, you take your precautions, it's really about giving the kids something they enjoy and keeping people safe."