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Letters to the Editor

"High School Recruiting?"

Bill Kilpack,

Can anyone tell me how come Wasatch gets away with, year after year, kids wrestling for their program from other schools?

This year, Blake Mangum from Lone Peak and Cole Shafer from Brighton. When you give a team like Wasatch a lock on two more kids that will most likely take state it gives them an unfair advantage.

Schools outside the Wasatch front will never be able to attract kids like this. This cheapens the state title that Wasatch will get this year. Its like putting a team on steroids. Do coaches ever complain or is it just part of the deal?

Robyn

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Editor's Response

If the family actually moves to that school district, then it is legitimate. As far as I am aware, both families moved to the Wasatch area.

Do coaches complain? Yes, they do. And wrestlers are blocked from competition, if their families did not move. For example, Jon Gappmaier was not allowed to wrestle last year, when he transferred from Skyline to Brighton.

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Thanks for your quick response. I understand now but something just doesnt feel right with this.

Robyn

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I am more curious why Wasatch was allowed to have two extra weeks before turning in its team's official weights. I'm sure every other school in Utah would have enjoyed an extra two weeks to diet and train.

Tyler Hatch

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Wasatch's wrestling championships are over. Even if they continue recruiting, Delta will crush them. Editor is just making excuses for cheaters like Wasatch. Everyone knows they recruit to win. Many fail to realize that this is high school wrestling, not college and, sadly enough, recruits usually rob another of a would-be championship.

Mangum was originally headed to Mt. Crest, but his parents decided to rent an apartment in the Heber area. Remember the dominant Cordova boys of the late 1990s and early 2000s? They were born and raised in Rock Springs, WY, and were recruited by Wasatch. Coincidence? I think not!

I firmly believe that state placers should not be able to transfer to "power" schools. Shafer should have been made to go to Park City or stay at Brighton.

Scott Neilson

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Editor's Response

I'm not making excuses for anyone.  I was simply explaining why it was allowed (the rules involved) as far as I understand them. 

I do not support recruiting athletes for high school.  If it is, indeed, happening, then it indicates a weakness in coaching.  The best coaches build their champions, they don't recruit them from another program and take credit for them.

As far as the other allegations made here about Mangum, the Cordovas or Shafer, I dont know anything other than that it was ruled legitimate by the people whose job it is to make those decisions. There are people whose job it is to enforce the rules, so I leave it to them to do their jobs.

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