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MTWOA Grand Championship 2017

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MTWOA Grand Championship 2017

A bit of a rant, today I went and watched the Junior Varsity and Freshman tournament and saw some really good matches and some very lop sided matches and talent level. It happens I understand...but then you start realizing you recognize more and more of the wrestlers from schools VARSITY teams and with impressive win records. This tournament is implemented to allow the wrestlers to have a more competitive edge not to bring Varsity wrestlers to beat up on the other wrestlers who didn't have the opportunity to wrestle much during the regular season. I came home and investigated more and saw many schools listed there wrestlers improperly as a wrong losing record or a Zero 0-0 record , and yes many of those either won or were in the Championship bout. Independence, Mt. Juliet, Nolensville, Franklin Road Academy, Page High, Cane Ridge and many others were guilty.. If you care to check this out for yourself.. its on Track Wrestling and shameful for a sport that is supposed to teach integrity and rewards for hard work and is RAN by Referees. Saddens me and yes it was pointed out by at least a few coaches. Even one of the TSSAA state ranking officials was there and turned a blind eye to his own teams wrestlers criteria. Some or the criteria? have a sub 500 record, be designated as JV junior Varsity etc.. Shameful and shame on those who took Glory for a little bit of ribbon and metal. 


     I am sure some will feel offended,but no doubt the intent is to get those kids who have not had many opportunities to wrestle and when they have it was against a top ranked wrestler who has been wrestling for 10 years, many wrestlers get put off in this sport and when our Adult coaches, referees and others not only allow but proselytize these actions it is disturbing! 





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