More details emerged following Mishicot High School’s internal investigation of WIAA rules violations within its wrestling program.
On Wednesday, HTR Media reported that school officials were recently made aware that a pair of hydration test results had been fabricated. Thursday, new information surfaced indicating that an additional violation took place prior to the start of the 2013-14 season.
According to MHS Athletic Director David Gordon, school officials discovered a previous violation involving a hydration test.
“We did discover that there had been a violation last year. It was surrounded by some different circumstances, very different than the ones for this year,” Gordon said. “The student who had falsified his data last year did so for a very different reason.”
Gordon did not elaborate on the specifics of last year’s violation, but added that the wrestler involved was not a member of this year’s team.
Mishicot will not be punished for last year’s violation.
“The WIAA does not look retroactively anymore,” Gordon said. “They used to, but that’s a rule change that they recently made. In previous years, the WIAA would go back and any competitions that athlete had competed in would be adjusted, but that is not the ruling anymore.”
Gordon was not able to say if former head coach Mike Pratt, who officially resigned Wednesday, had previous knowledge of any of the three rules infractions.
“That I can’t comment on,” Gordon said.
Pratt did not reference the violations in his letter of resignation.
“His letter of resignation did not reference anything other than personal matters,” Gordon added.
As of this writing, Pratt has not returned phone calls and emails seeking comment.
Though WIAA rules stipulate that athletes caught falsifying information can be suspended from school-sponsored athletic events for a calendar year, the two wrestlers involved only received a four-meet suspension.
“Working with the WIAA and taking some steps to resolve the issue, they were willing to reduce the suspension,” Gordon said.
The two athletes involved must re-do the skin-fold and hydration tests before competing.
Student privacy laws prevent names of the wrestlers from being released.