MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

March 23, 2013

Roughers stripped of dual trophy

By Kenton Brooks
Phoenix Sports Writer

— Muskogee's runner-up finish at the Class 6A dual state wrestling tournament has been vacated by action of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association at its March 13 board of directors meeting.

In confirming the ruling on Friday, MHS wrestling coach and athletic director Bobby Jefferson said the program was penalized because "we over-wrestled one of our freshmen in an extra tournament, in a non-sanctioned junior high tournament." The tournament was held in February in Oklahoma City.

In Area II Section B of the OSSAA wrestling handbook, it says “if a ninth grade student wrestles with the junior high team for the entire season, he/she will be limited to 11 duals and 3 tournaments.”

In the agenda for the meeting under the heading of school problems, it stated that “Muskogee Varsity Wrestling team allowed a student to participate in six wrestling tournaments, violating the season tournament contest limitation.”

Jefferson wrote a  letter to Mike Clark of the OSSAA to appeal the ruling. He also mentioned the non-sanctioned junior high tournament.

“The fact that this tournament has been going on for 38 years and there’s never been a violation,” Jefferson added.

The board of directors voted 11-1 with one abstention to deny a request by Muskogee to overturn the decision of vacating the 2013 Dual State Wrestling runner-Up trophy.

Muskogee won two matches at dual state, beating Southmoore 34-31 and Broken Arrow 28-27 before falling 43-25 to Edmond North in the finals.

Attempts to contact OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley for comment on Friday were unsuccessful.

Jefferson declined to comment on what he told the team about the ruling and their reaction.

“That’s irrelevant. That’s between me and the team,” he said