I have seen the video, but hadn't seen it until yesterday. My judgements and actions on Saturday are solely based on my point of view and after reviewing the video from the assistant coach sitting right next to me, I still wouldn't have done anything differently. We will not post the video, but I will send it to any of the Moses Lake coaches or administration so they can see our point of view. That leads me to my first point. The wrestling was right in front of the ML coaches, maybe 5 feet away. Their perspective, despite what anyone says, was different from mine and our video shows a huge night and day difference.
Once the action was stopped, the referees conferred and issued a point. I did not question this call so I did not ask what the point was for. I assumed that it was for unnecessary roughness in a wrestling move. It is clear from the video that the referees have a perfect view of the action from two different angles and made a judgement call. If anyone had a problem with the call, an official protest should have been made at that time and the wrestling should not have continued. Once the actions continues, the result stands. Issuing a formal protest after the fact asking for an ejection hasn't ever been done as far as I know.
Coach Garza and I had a lengthy conversation about this after the tournament and I was informed of the protest and I assured him that I would accept any decisions and not appeal it in any way. I would hope that the rest of the wrestling community would do the same. Coach Garza and I are dear friends. I went to his wedding and love him like a brother and respect his program and how he runs it. I have always loved his wrestlers and can probably name more of them that most of the ML fans, but the process of appeal and the sanctity of each coach should also be respected. Every coach should be allowed to deal with his/her team. It's a tight family and who knows better how to discipline the wrestlers than the leaders of the family. If we allowed the opposing coaches to dictate discipline for each incident, what do you think would happen? We have wrestled in ML many times and it always seems like we get a terrible call or several of them. We have never left the gym with the intention of going straight to the top to get our point across. We would be trying to impose our biased views and perspectives on a situation where an official has made a ruling and asking everyone to see our point of view without seeing theirs. There is a human element to sports and sometimes we tell our athletes that life does that sometimes. It's unfair and you just have to work harder to not let that happen again.
As another coach posted in another thread, we see these kids every day. We struggle with them when they can't find a meal, when they are thrown out by their abusive parents, and even when they try to end their lives. We are hired to not just coach, folks. It's a job much more far-reaching than that, and every coach will tell you the same thing. We are doing our best and we make mistakes. Do we handle every situation perfectly? Obviously not, because there is always someone unhappy with he result, but given the circumstances and the situation, we do our best.
Everyone thinks they know what to do until the situation arises. Anyone who says, I 100% would have done this or that if this or that had happened is FOS. We all have to make tough decisions everyday. The best example is code status. People get to choose if they want to be brought back to life if their heart stops or they stop breathing. This happens every day and do you know what those same people want when they are actually sick enough to face that possibility? They tell us to do everything we can. It happens every day in my job and I respect that and have revived many people who later die anyway. My point here is to not questions anyone else's tough judgements and don't question your own rational if you have to make that decision. Always know that you made the right decision for you at that time. That's the only way you will sleep at all. The big elephant in the room is that is a personal decision and wrestling is seen in a public forum. I invite anyone who has anything to say to come see me personally or at least put a name to your post. We practice 3-5:30 every day except for days when there is no school when we practice at 8AM. Let's have an adult conversation so let's be adult about it.