Tecumseh forfeits four team match wins from Columbia Central Duals

By: 
MICKEY ALVARADO

Vince Perez - Drew Marten - Landon Pelham

Last week Tecumseh High School’s varsity wrestling coach, A.J. Marry, reported that his Indians went 4-1 to place second at the Columbia Central Duals. However, on Monday, Marry said he later discovered that he had entered an ineligible wrestler in all five of the day’s team competitions and the Indians had to forfeit their four wins.
 
Marry said in an email response that the wrestler in question could compete on December 12, however not at his lowest weight class. 
 
“He wasn’t eligible to compete at that weight class until one day later. I failed to catch this. It was not a matter of knowing the rule because I knew the rule. I somehow over looked this wrestlers eligible date and wrestled him in the incorrect weight class.”
 
He said that after he reported the initial results to the Herald he came across his mistake when looking through the sheet of eligible dates trying to strategize for later in the year. 
 
“I immediately phoned Mark Uyl the head of the MHSAA [Michigan High School Athletic Association] and reported what had happened, as well as told my athletic director, and the AD’s of the schools we wrestled on December twelfth. Because of my mistake as a team we must forfeit the duals that the wrestler in question competed at the wrong weight, which was all of them. Therefore we went zero and five on the day.”
 
Marry noted that the individual records of Tecumseh’s wrestlers are still valid. 
 
“That afternoon I had to explain to my team what had happened and tell them that in life sometimes we make unintentional mistakes and we must show the integrity to fess up to those mistakes,” Marry said. “The kids handled the news like young men and assured me that they ‘had my back’ and we as a team would overcome this setback.”
 
The Indians competed at the Brighton High School Manning Vieau Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 19 and went 2-3 for the day.
 
“This was a grueling tournament for us as we are battling some injuries right now,” Marry commented. 
 
The Indians won duals against East Lansing (75-3), and Charlotte (52-21) and lost to Dewitt (24-37), Grand Ledge (35-39) and Eaton Rapids (51-24). 
 
Going undefeated on the day for the Indians were Vince Perez (103), Drew Marten (125/130) and Landon Pelham (215). 
 
Going 4-1 for Tecumseh were Gabe Bechtol (145) and Josh Marcum (189). 
 
The Indians are scheduled to travel to Defiance, Ohio over the holiday break for a two-day individual invitational on December 28 and 29.

 

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