Plainwell wrestling team on state pro...

Plainwell wrestling team on state probation, coaches dismissed

There are 80 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Sep 12, 2008, titled Plainwell wrestling team on state probation, coaches dismissed. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

The wrestling team at Plainwell High School is now on probation with the Michigan High School Athletic Association, according to a letter sent to administrators.

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oldguy

Frostproof, FL

#1 Sep 12, 2008
Guilty until proven innocent? Wow! Hopefully this all works out for the best. I agree that the steps taken were overkill but a perfect learning scenario for sure.
plainwell grad

Lansing, MI

#2 Sep 12, 2008
This has been going on since i was at Plainwell over 10 years ago. for coaches not to know is not true. they had to learn it from somewhere.

Its too bad that one bad seed in that town has to bring down a whole team. fire that one coach,who is also the fire chief and you will get rid of the bad roll model for your kids. Who wants a drunk teaching there kids.
Neko

United States

#3 Sep 12, 2008
So what is wrong with running wearing a plastic suit?

Are they trying to get them to run naked instead?

It seems plastic suits are a lot better than the other way wrestlers lose weight...

The Ex-Lax and water diet!

Look to future sports teams to have trouble finding players! I doubt if the people who are making a big deal about running in plastic suits even have children who are school age.

(Just a bunch A bunch of grey haired McCain types who like making more laws, more rules and regulations, and more Red Tape....they need to retire 25 years ago!)
Chris

Fennville, MI

#4 Sep 12, 2008
Wrestling is a discusting and demoralizing activity which should be removed from the curriculum anyway.
Plainwell Parent

Lansing, MI

#5 Sep 12, 2008
This is just one of a number of issues that Plainwell is currently dealing with in terms of coaching. The Freshman assistant football coach was fired Thursday in a hazing incident and the Athletic Director and Principal threatened any player that spoke about it with removal from the football team. As a parent of a player, I have serious issues with them telling my son that he cant talk to his parents about an incident without the chance of him being removed from the team for doing so! Sue Wakefield needs to get a handle on her pricipals, athletic director and coaches soon. There are a lot of parents that are tired of dealing with this year after year!!
Once an Otsego Grad

Allegan, MI

#6 Sep 12, 2008
I was once an Otsego Grad about 30 years ago and we used those rubber suits too.
I will admit it is dangerous and maybe should not have been done but at the same time our coaches also knew about it so I am going to find it VERY HARD to beleive they didn't know about it.
If it's illegal, they do need to be punished and if that is they way they want to handle it then let them do it.
Trust me if a kid ever died from it you'd be after a Coaches head saying he should have known so I bet he knew a whole lot more about whats going on than he admits too
Once an Otsego Grad

Allegan, MI

#7 Sep 12, 2008
Chris wrote:
Wrestling is a discusting and demoralizing activity which should be removed from the curriculum anyway.
WRESTLING is a SPORT and NOT PART of the Curriculum they play because they want to not because they have too.
If your discusted don't watch and don't play but if youve never tried it it's alot of work and fun
IT"S NOT LIKE ON TV.
Batch37 Pain Is Good

Barnesville, OH

#9 Sep 12, 2008
Neko wrote:
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It is ovious....you are a sport hating wimp!
You must be one of those kids who was picked last in grade school.
Thats what happens when mothers let their illegitimate sons play with dolls and tea sets!
Bawahaaaaaaaaa!
Festus

Saint Charles, IL

#10 Sep 12, 2008
How is it we encourage schools to pass out condoms but get upset when boys wear rubber suits?
Todd_B_in_Grand_ Rapids

Grand Rapids, MI

#11 Sep 12, 2008
This really gets me pissed! I wrestled in high school 25 years ago and we as wrestlers did this. in fact we took it a step further and ran in the steamy pool area. this has been going on for as long as team wreatling has. wrestlers do it to make weight or drop a wieght class. and now the coach get fired. the kids are going to do this anyways. god forbid that the parents realize that there child is doing this by there choice. and they are doing it to win. the parents and school will complain when there kids are Not making wieght and having to forfit there matches. IT'S NOT THE COACHES FAUGHT GIVE HIM HIS JOB BACK. justmy 2 cents worth Todd B.
Todd_B_in_Grand_ Rapids

Grand Rapids, MI

#12 Sep 12, 2008
Chris wrote:
Wrestling is a discusting and demoralizing activity which should be removed from the curriculum anyway.


Tell that to all of the Olympic wrestlers who just returned from China. or all of the college student who are there because of a wrestling scholarship. Just remember if you don't like it DON'T WATCCH OR PARTICIPATE. but leave the rest of us out of you close minded world. Have a day. Todd B.
rock the world

Petoskey, MI

#13 Sep 12, 2008
Plainwell Parent wrote:
This is just one of a number of issues that Plainwell is currently dealing with in terms of coaching. The Freshman assistant football coach was fired Thursday in a hazing incident and the Athletic Director and Principal threatened any player that spoke about it with removal from the football team. As a parent of a player, I have serious issues with them telling my son that he cant talk to his parents about an incident without the chance of him being removed from the team for doing so! Sue Wakefield needs to get a handle on her pricipals, athletic director and coaches soon. There are a lot of parents that are tired of dealing with this year after year!!
yea---plainwell school district sure does like to keep things undercover.....
interested party

Grand Rapids, MI

#14 Sep 12, 2008
the district response , while it may be a correct one; may be a rush to judgement. superintendent wakefield,should have conducted hearing/investigation to determine appropriate action.when ever due process is not conducted issues will occur.while the superintendent can see the coaches responsibilites, she is not able to see her own.in the final analysis she is the keeper of the gate.
ron mexico

Grand Rapids, MI

#15 Sep 12, 2008
Neko wrote:
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It is ovious....you are a sport hating wimp!
You must be one of those kids who was picked last in grade school.
Thats what happens when mothers let their illegitimate sons play with dolls and tea sets!
were you a victim of that particular treatment growing up? or do you choose to be a closet gay?
Wendy

Greenville, MI

#16 Sep 12, 2008
Neko wrote:
So what is wrong with running wearing a plastic suit?
Are they trying to get them to run naked instead?
It seems plastic suits are a lot better than the other way wrestlers lose weight...
The Ex-Lax and water diet!
Look to future sports teams to have trouble finding players! I doubt if the people who are making a big deal about running in plastic suits even have children who are school age.
(Just a bunch A bunch of grey haired McCain types who like making more laws, more rules and regulations, and more Red Tape....they need to retire 25 years ago!)
The suits cause wrestlers to lose water weight, become over-heated and dehydrated. Most high school wrestling teams have used "sauna suits" to lose weight, even though it is against the rules. I don't blame just the coaches, parents also need to be paying attention. Some parents are SO into sports they push their children more than they should. I wrestled in high school and you can't even imagine some things parents say to their children while they are out on the mat. It's ludicrous! Hopefully this will open the eyes of parents and coaches all around to show how bad these sauna suits can be. Kids could die from over-dehydration. Great call MHSAA! Now, check all the other schools too!
Wendy

Greenville, MI

#17 Sep 12, 2008
Neko wrote:
<quoted text>
It is ovious....you are a sport hating wimp!
You must be one of those kids who was picked last in grade school.
Thats what happens when mothers let their illegitimate sons play with dolls and tea sets!
First of all, it's obvious you are a homophobic jerk! Just because someone doesn't like sports doesn't mean they are "Mama's boys" or even gay for that matter. I don't choose what sports my children play, I let them choose for themselves. However, if they choose to do something, I make sure they follow through with it. Too many parents now-a-days want their children to play the sports they did in high-school so they can play through their child! You had your chance, let your children choose what sports THEY want to play! There are way too many parents out there who are poor sports and don't teach their kids that winning is NOT everything!
loons

United States

#18 Sep 12, 2008
I wrestled in High school and I just wanted to say that this is a common thing in all high school wrestling teams and yes most coaches do know about it but to punish one team for what I would say happens on most if not all teams is rediculous
Wendy

Greenville, MI

#19 Sep 12, 2008
Chris wrote:
Wrestling is a discusting and demoralizing activity which should be removed from the curriculum anyway.
First off, wrestling is NOT part of school curriculum. Wrestling is a sport that teaches kids how to work as a team and independently. However, they should not be using "sauna suits" to lose weight. I know my high school wrestling team used them to lose weight all the time, and for the coaches who said they didn't know, that's a crock...they would know! Parents should also know, so they are also part of the problem. Some kids learn these little tricks from their parents who were also wrestlers.... Just my opinion. If you don't like wrestling, you don't have to watch it. It's nothing like watching wrestling on television.
techpro

Warren, MI

#20 Sep 12, 2008
Although I was not a wrestler I had close friends that were. I remember them having to do whatever it took to make weight...overeating, fasting, excessive exercise (including running with garbage bags or coats on) etc. This was extremely stressful for them (and I am sure unhealthy) but if they didn't make weight, they didn't wrestle. If all of these unconventional things have been taking place for so long, why is this Plainwell situation getting so much media attention?
Sylvia

Grand Rapids, MI

#21 Sep 12, 2008
Okay boys and girls, perhaps some of you should go back to school and learn how to write. "There and their". Their is possessive, so if you are saying, "their team sucks", it is this way. It is not "there team sucks". Discusting is actually disgusting. Sports is not part of the curriculum. Math, science, social studies are all part of the curriculum.

So, instead of whining about this, PLEASE go back and ask your English teacher to fine tune the curriculum!!!

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