Don't worry WSN will protect and be biased towards the WIAA and their stupid rulings.
What a joke just like not letting the DePere team wrestle last year. This is why parents can't stand officiating and the WIAA. Yet don't look Milwaukee Washington will have a felon playing in the tournament and Nicolet can bring anyone they want in to play basketball.
FWIW, I'm curious as to why this state champion wrestler would transfer to a neighboring school.
We'll see how this plays out (https://journaltimes.com/sports/high-school/wrestling-controversy-there-might-still-be-hope-for-disqualified-hayden/article_e868d9cc-fd2b-5fdc-80cf-e10f8a62e660.html), but the initial article (headline since changed from what it had been, which was the title of the thread) insinuates the referee (the Racine St. Catherine's AD) was somehow biased towards the Union Grove wrestler because of the fact that he was a former UG administrator and coach.
The burden of proof seems a bit tough here, and the only "proof" the article showed was the coach claiming it was biased. As UG is a rival of Waterford, you do kind of wonder about what behind-the-scenes machinations may have happened in the past to lead the coach to make that claim, but the general public wouldn't have knowledge of that, and speculating is dangerous. It's a bit thin as it currently stands. Certainly poor journalism to boot.
Now onto the incident. The WIAA is only following the rules that are in place. It's not as if they phoned in and requested the official to make these calls. I will say, not sure why someone who has just won a match convincingly is complaining about a point awarded at the end of the match. He basically set himself up for the fall that came by flexing on the mat, which again, the wrestler can claim he was only flexing towards his dad, but every other eye in the building can and likely will interpret it differently.
That said, l'm not opposed to this being overturned. Much like the claims of bias, this does seem a bit thin for two unsportsmanlike calls but I'm no wrestling officiating expert by any means.
What's interesting is the kid seems to be the one handling it well...
Halter plans to use his disqualification as motivation for his next two years of high school and beyond.
...while the parents are threatening lawsuits and the coach is whining about the official favoriting certain wrestlers.
“Moving forward, this won’t affect my career,” Halter said. “Mentally, it’s going to sting for a little while, but next year, I’m going to be better than ever; I’m going to come back and win a state championship.”
Interesting societal commentary about the state of youth sports competition.