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 Post subject: High School Kid Banned From Defending His Wrestling Title
PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:04 am 
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Just when you thought state athletic associations couldn't get any more bureaucratic, along comes one of the oddest disqualifications yet from the state of California.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Granada Hills (Calif.) High wrestler Dillon Freeman, a top contender to win his division at the 2011 City championships, was barred from competing at the tournament because he forgot to bring his school's picture ID card. The California Interscholastic Federation City Section said that only wrestlers who presented a valid school ID card would be admitted to the event, so Freeman was turned away despite presenting his valid driver's license.

Granada Hills' athletic director did make a valiant final effort to get Freeman in the event, emailing the student's ID to a smartphone, a procedure which City Section administrator John Aguirre approved. Yet, just when some level of sanity had seemed to prevail, opposing coaches protested Freeman's inclusion at the championships because the ID delay meant that he was weighed in on the event's scales later than his fellow competitors.

Perhaps surprisingly, that plea was approved, clearing the way for Freeman to compete in the state meet despite not winning the City Section event. While that ruling may be the just conclusion to a strange event, it hardly makes the bureaucratic backwaters created by CIF's procedures and the wrestling coaches themselves any less striking. The CIF statement:

"In consultation with the L.A. Section due to weigh-in procedure discrepancies during the Section wrestling championships, it has been determined that Dillon Freeman will be placed in the CIF State Wrestling Championships. Dillon will be randomly placed and will wrestle in the first round. No athlete will be displaced by this action." ... ool-328885

I say keep the $50 and ban him anyway...

For those jumping ship, we'll keep the bandwagon warm for you...

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