Heartbreak for Grandville High School Wrestlers
The highly-ranked Grandville High School wrestling team is disqualified from post-season competition because the state high school athletic association says the school broke the rules.
Our news partner, WZZM TV13, reported that Grandville High School has been withdrawn from the Michigan High School Athletic Association Team Dual Wrestling Tournament as a result of exceeding the limit of regular-season days of competition during the 2015-16 season. Say what?
It seems the Bulldogs wrestled in 15 matches, and the MHSAA only allows a maximum of 14. Anything more is considered an unfair competitive advantage. Say what, again?
Grandville, by the way, is the OK Red Conference Champion and is ranked #5 in the state.
According to the school, there was a misinterpretation of the rule by the coaches, so, not only is the team disqualified from postseason competition, individual wrestlers aren't eligible to compete for weight class championships either. That is heartbreaking.
The school is appealing their disqualification to the Michigan High School Athletic Association, but, the post season tournament competition begins today, Feb. 10, so any chance for reversal is slim.