Congratulations to both MacArthur and Clark. They both brought it today. I agree with everything BigPapaPump pump has already said, but will say some of it again.
Section 8 semis and duals were fun to watch. If you are a fan of wrestling make the time next year, it will be a cheap night out, worth the price of admission.
It was obvious Manhasset was up a coming based on their performance in the wrestle backs of last year’s counties. I was watching then, and it and it seemed like every other match called was a kid from Manhasset. They have arrived on the section 8 scene this year and made it known.
In Massapequa/ MacArthur match trapped arm mat return to the same side of trapped arm is illegal, so call was correct. Kid being able to continue depends on kid, coach, attending physician/trainer, and final say is referee.
Kid was brought down hard and looked stunned and seemed to be in a lot of pain.
I did not see anyone making an effort to tell him to stay down. Kid never looked like he recovered from the slam. Even if he tried to rally he would not have been doing his team a favor unless he was 100%.
As far as coaches, I do not know the MacArthur coaches personally, but I think it is wrong to question their integrity on this. MacArthur coaches are respected in the wrestling community on Long Island based on the program they have built and represented over the years. Based on what I saw tonight they are teaching their kids the right life lessons for the future … work hard, compete hard, mental toughness, don’t give up when behind, etc.
This all being said I hope Massapequa gets a wildcard and another chance to compete upstate next week. I think there are 5 or 6 teams on long Island this year that are in the top 8 in the state, Unfortunately the format of this tournament doesn’t allow them all to compete at the state level. That’s where the UE duals of the past may have been a better format.
As far as rules:
RULE 7 INFRACTIONS 7-1-1 Slam: Returning an opponent to the mat with unnecessary force shall include unintentional loss of control causing unsafe impact and/or risk to head, neck or other body parts of the opponent. NOTE: Regardless of who hits the mat first or if a knee touches first a slam may be called. When a wrestler lifts their opponent off the mat, that wrestler is responsible for their opponent’s safe return to the mat. Force is the determining factor.
Injured Contestant: In the event of injury to a contestant the referee has the authority to terminate a match whenever they feel that the contestant would be in danger of further injury if they were to continue to wrestle. Coach, parent, trainer or a person who is a medical doctor or claims to be a medical doctor and is not the attending physician cannot override the referee's decision. The designated on site physician who states that an injured contestant can continue wrestling does bear the responsibility for any further injury to that contestant. The referee can override the attending physician in this case and not allow the wrestler to continue. 40 UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES CAN THE DECISION OF THE DESIGNATED ON SITE PHYSICAN THAT A CONTESTANT NOT CONTINUE BE OVERRULED BY ANYONE INCLUDING THE REFEREE. If a physician is present, who is not officially the attending (on site) physician, and recommends the wrestler not continue, the referee shall not override this decision.