Mother Nature may have the Bi-State Classic down, but it won't be able to pin the La Crosse area's premier wrestling tournament.
The Bi-State Classic will start two hours behind schedule Tuesday morning in order for all 58 participating teams to safely travel to the La Crosse Center. The first session will begin at 11:30 a.m. with quarterfinals scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
When the wrestling does begin, it promises to deliver the same intense action across 10 different mats and three divisions.
"People really, really like seeing that midseason test so it's a perfect storm in a lot of ways," tournament manager Dave Rudrud said. "Venue's really important here. You can sit anywhere and see all ten mats at once."
"I think the atmosphere of this arena is a draw," said Jason Lulloff, event director and Holmen High School head coach. "Coaches appreciate the work that goes into it and there's a lot of it for this tournament."
Rudrud started the tournament while coaching at Holmen with nine teams back in 1982. In a few more years, Rudrud believes the tournament will expand to 64 teams.
"It's still a product in growth," he said. "This is currently a high."