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College Wrestling Team Is First Top-Tier NCAA Squad Cut to Virus

  • Schools are bracing for steep drop in athletics revenue
  • If football is disrupted, it’s ‘Ice Age time,’ official says
Wrestlers from Ohio State and Old Dominion Universities during a championship match in 2009.

Wrestlers from Ohio State and Old Dominion Universities during a championship match in 2009.

Photographer: Mark Buckner/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Old Dominion University is discontinuing its wrestling team, the first major Division I sports program to be axed as schools across the country face the revenue shortfalls that will come with the coronavirus outbreak.

The Norfolk, Virginia, school announced Monday night that the team would be dropped effective immediately, a move it expects will save $1 million in expenses. While it had been reviewing the team for months, Athletic Director Wood Selig said the Covid-19 pandemic made the decision “even more clear.”