First off, I would like to humbly thank anyone and EVERYONE who has supported my family and I throughout this very unfortunate situation. It has meant a lot for my family and I to have gained so much respect both on and off the mat from the wrestling community. Given this situation again I would have done many things differently, but at the same time there are many I would not. I would like to apologize to anyone whom I may offended during my unacceptable behavior AFTER I was already asked to be removed from the building, ending any opportunity that I might have had of finishing out my high school wrestling career and achieving goals that I have had since I was a little kid. For people that know me this is completely out of my character and for this I am sorry. I ask you to understand the sport of wrestling means far greater to me than just a sport, and to see my career flash before my eyes after all of hard work and dedication I have put into it triggered a very passionate and emotional reaction. Having said that, I am however not apologetic for standing behind my family, they mean more to me than anything in this world and I would never stand around to watch one of them be unfairly miss treated. They have been in my corner since day one and I could not possibly repay them for all that they have done for me. If I was put in a situation to defend my mother again I wouldn’t hesitate.
While I am extremely upset and disappointed about the outcome of this situation, I have learned a lot from this experience and will hopefully move on to bigger and better things at the next level. Please know that this is not over and my family and I will continue to fight this because we feel this was not only handled unprofessionally but it was unfair.
Again, I would like to thank everyone for all of your help and support. It really means a lot and my family and I appreciate it greatly. Good luck to all coaches and wrestlers this weekend in your regional tournaments. Make the most of every opportunity you are given because there are no guarantees that you will have it again.
You seem to be a fine young man Collin and by no means would I fault any kid coming to the defense of their mother! You and I have never met, however in my humble opinion you did the right thing by defending your mom.
As one passionate has been athlete to a current passionate athlete I say this, there are exceptions for every rule. I don't care if the state had no provisions for allowing you to wrestle, no harm would be done to pigtail you in at regionals under the circumstances. The fact is you were not allowed to complete a sanctioned event for reasons other than a foul and/or behavior during the course of a wrestling match. As adults, again in my humble opinion, adults need to be reasonable in extraordinary circumstances. The powers that be also could have handled this situation differently all the way from the lady who put you out of the event while you still had matches remaining to the governing body who claimed they had no provisions to allow you to pigtail into regions.
Good luck in life young man, stay strong and remain positive. Use that passion for wrestling to help propel you to bigger and better things in life and always keep the faith!