A college wrestling coach played down the threat of the coronavirus, labeling the global pandemic “overhyped” as he led his team in the weekend’s national championships.

Jesse Castro, coach of Liberty University’s wrestling team, insisted on leading his team to the National Collegiate Wrestling Association’s national championships over the past weekend in Allen, Texas.

The NCWA operates outside the auspices of the NCAA, which suspended all of their sporting events and championships, including the world-famous March Madness basketball tournament, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Despite the withdrawal of 11 schools from the tournament, the competition went ahead as planned, as more than 600 athletes from 84 colleges took to the mats to compete in the national championships.

One of those teams was led by Castro, who downplayed the global response to COVID-19 in an interview with the Dallas Morning News.

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