There have been many high quality articles, social media posts, etc. written by a variety of high quality coaches, writers, and officials on the topics I’m writing about in this article. Essentially, I’m just reiterating a lot of what’s already been said and written by these fine individuals. Some of things that have been mentioned in the previous works I hadn’t noticed before making the jump to the college level but as I continue to gain experience and go around to different events, I’m finding these observations more commonplace at the high school level.
I was at a quad meet this season featuring both girls and boys wrestling. All four schools represented had varsity lineups for both girls and boys so it was set up to be a good night with some quality matches. I was there specifically for a couple of the wrestlers and because I have had previous connections with some of the coaches.
However, it didn’t take long for people to show their true colors in a less than stellar way. Sporting contests have a way of revealing character traits, good, bad or indifferent. It made it clear which teams and their fans value sportsmanship, operate with class, and those that tolerate complaining and excuses.