Although I have been away with the birth of my second son (third child), I have been keeping tabs on the sports universe, especially with state wrestling championships. In Illinois, two of the kids at our high school qualified (one in the Finals). It has been great to follow them through the internet, text messages and chat boards.
What I have learned though this as well is The Concussion Blog has followers and people looking at head injuries in a different light. I received a couple of texts last night telling me that there was a wrestler that had been “thrown” on his head and was hurt. It was deemed illegal and there was a two-minute recovery period for him to continue, and he did not.
One person, a coach who wants to remain anonymous, we will call him Tommy Swords, sent me an email length text with this report:
A kid was dropped on his head and from where we were and the reports later he was knocked out. He came to and the medical staff ruled he could not continue.
So I did some digging on the situation by going to wrestling bulletin board illinoismatmen.com and found a thread about the quarterfinals that happened to make note of the incident and this comment from a poster called “wrestling observer”:
I saw the Hoselton match and it looked like Cain had him upside down and lost control of him. His neck really got tweaked…Hope he is good to go tomorrow
The wrestler is Andy Hoselton of Prairie Central High School and the same poster then made the following comment;
Cain handled himself like a gentleman…I heard from a direct source Hoselton was out for a few seconds…
The bold is my emphasis on the post because that confirms what Coach Tommy Swords had relayed to me. This brings up a few things in my mind. Again, I WAS NOT THERE, but if in fact he lost consciousness, this would be indicative of a brain function disruption, and Coach Swords and another source relayed to me that the “talk” in the coaches area was that he was “out of it” in terms of knowing what was truly going on. A great job by the medical staff to stop him from wrestling, however there were questions whether he would continue the next day in the semifinals.
WAIT ONE SECOND, if there was enough trauma to “knock out” a wrestler and have anecdotal reports of “not being all there”, there should be NO WAY he should continue, in my mind. Granted, in Illinois you can get cleared by a physician to continue on the following day. I thought there was no way possible this could happen, especially with what we know now. This brings me to the next part of the story…
Coach Swords texted me this afternoon with this;
So kid gets knocked out cold last night… cleared to wrestle today… gets slammed on his head… looks dazed… still wrestling…
WHAT IN THE WORLD!!! Coach Swords went on to say that in the match he was witnessing, the athletic trainers again used what little time they had to evaluate the injury of being slammed on his head today. And both times he was allowed to continue.
It has since become a Grabovski type situation since he did prevail in his semifinal match and will be wrestling later tonight for a State Championship.
At what point do we start to question what people are doing, including doctors? I trust the athletic trainers on-site, as they are there by selection of the IHSA (IL HS Association), but during this very stressful and competitive time I wonder how much a kid, coach, or parent will listen to the trainer with them only one match away from a chance at glory.
We will continue to follow this story as it breaks, and I will attempt to bring you more information. It is my intention to interview as many people I can find, and see if they are willing to talk. We can only hope that Hoselton will recover from this incident, and that if he is having any symptoms he lets people know, no matter the perception of the situation.
UPDATE 6:33pm CST: I finally was able to get a hold of one of the high school wrestling coaches that I work with and he told me that this situation has been talked about and not in a positive light. He told me not to use him or his information for fear of retribution. What I can tell you is that there are MANY coaches that don’t understand how this happens, especially after all the information they have been given by people like me.
He is set to wrestle in the Championship match at the 160lb. weight class. I will be getting a report on that.
UPDATE 9:37pm CST: Hoselton won the Class A State Championship at 160lbs. I was able to find the feed of the match and he did not suffer any incidents in this match. I will try to follow up with anyone I can get to talk with me about this situation.