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Michigan prep wrestling team DQ’ed from postseason

February 10, 2016 / Athletic AdministrationWrestling
One of Michigan’s top high school wrestling programs has been barred from competing in the postseason after exceeding its competition limit during the regular season.

Grandville High School was barred from the state tournament after competing in too many matches during the regular season. | Photo: Kevin Hoffman
Grandville High School was barred from the state tournament after competing in too many matches during the regular season. | Photo: Kevin Hoffman

Grandville High School, the state’s fifth-ranked wrestling squad, competed in 15 matches during the season, one more than the allowed number, according to WZZM. Individual wrestlers are also disqualified from the postseason, so seniors making their final run with the team are especially disappointed.

“The impact on me is I’m heartbroken,” senior wrestler Dalton Lopez told WZZM. “I’ve put seven or eight years of blood, sweat and tears into this sport. I’ve loved every bit of it and now it’s being taken away from me.”

Stories like these surface at least once each year, including last year in Ohio where one of the state’s top basketball teams was similarly disqualified from the postseason. It’s a harsh reminder to schools that they must be aware of the number of games they schedule each year, especially in sports where tournaments can add games to the season.

Grandville has appealed the decision to the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

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