|To the Editor: Unhappy with decision not to let female wrestler compete|
|Written by Rick Busselle|
|Tuesday, 15 January 2013 10:30|
On Monday night the BG Middle School Wrestling Team was trounced by Anthony Wayne 72-9.
That was disappointing.
But the Anthony Wayne coach's reaction to a female wrestler on the BGMS squad was a lot more disappointing. The young woman (girl, technically, whose name I won't use) was slotted to wrestle in one of a handful of exhibition matches before the regulation matches began. But apparently, the Anthony Wayne coach refused to let his wrestler compete against a girl.
I'm not sure what AW's excuse was. But, frankly, I can't image an acceptable excuse.
In my day, which was a long time ago, you wrestled the athlete across the mat. No matter whom that athlete was.
I don't know what I would have done if I'd been the BG coach. It's tough to think clearly with a crowd of parents and two wrestling teams staring at you. I do know that BG's female wrestler is one of the most dedicated and hardworking kids on the team. She's won more than a handful of matches this season.
In hindsight, I wish the BG coach or the wrestlers would have refused to compete with AW. Just forfeit the whole thing.
Because no matter how good AW's team was on the mat, they failed in the thing that really matters, sportsmanship, and turned the entire event into a loss for everyone.
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