DE PERE, Wis (WBAY) – The WIAA Board of Control has denied the Unified School District of De Pere’s appeal to a ruling making eight of the district’s wrestlers ineligible for the Wisconsin State Tournament.
According to both the school and the WIAA, the issue is those athletes exceeded the wrestling meet limit allowed by WIAA for a season, which is 14.
It’s a case of scheduling error, and was self-reported by De Pere High School on February 3, but also was questioned by other schools, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette. The WIAA told Action 2 Sports further information this week confirmed the violation.
The school appealed the ruling at the WIAA offices in Stevens Point Friday morning, but it was denied.
WIAA Communications Director Todd Clark tells Action 2 News that it was an unfortunate mistake, but it is a rule.
Two of De Pere’s wrestlers will compete in Saturday’s Division 1 Individual Sectional tournament, which will be held at Kaukauna High School. The top two individuals in each weight class at sectionals advance to the WIAA State Individual Tournament, which begins February 23 in Madison.