Parents fight at Wisconsin youth wrestling tournament
The video below, which has made the rounds on social media over the last couple of days, comes from a youth wrestling tournament in Kimberly, Wisconsin. In it, parents are cheering on their young wrestlers before they turn on each other, and a man gets into the face of a woman. There’s some shoving, and two women tussle on the ground. The kids just watch.
A tradition as old as time: Parents getting into fights at wrestling meets pic.twitter.com/6iX7Az8BFI— Below The Belt (@BelowTheBeltMMA) February 12, 2019
Rules are more lax at youth events, but it probably wasn’t the best idea to allow parents to be so close to the action. The fracas could have resulted in one the kids getting injured. As you can see from other videos taken at the event, parents are lined up all along the mat.
Tournament directors have a responsibility here to keep the environment safe. At the very least, there should be consequences for the parents who started this melee.
The organization that hosted the event works with wrestlers from 4K to sixth grade, according to its website.