The Oregonian reports that 11 Glencoe (Hillsboro, Ore.) High School wrestlers were suspended by the Oregon School Activities Association for three-quarters of the season after the school self-reported the doctoring of preseason urine samples.
Glencoe coach Jason Harless said the punishment, which will keep the wrestlers sidelined until Jan. 20, is too much.
“I think with the extreme nature of this punishment, it could have a profound effect on these kids," Harless told The Oregonian. "It could stay with them the rest of their lives. It shouldn’t be so extreme that it breaks that kid down, and they don’t have an opportunity to regain that integrity.”
Glencoe will appeal in hopes of lessening the length of the suspension.
The Oregonian reports that the OSAA requires all wrestlers to submit a urine test to ensure they are properly hydrated prior to being weighed as part of the Oregon Wrestling Weight Monitoring Program before the season. Wrestlers are then assigned a healthy weight class range for the season. Eleven of Glencoe's wrestlers added water to their urine samples so that they could weigh less while still appearing hydrated. The wrestlers eventually admitted their mistake to Harless.
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