A SURFEIT OF FORFEITS
As frequently happens in high school wrestling, the team at White Swan (Wash.) High has trouble fielding entrants in all 13 weight classes. The same problem bedevils the team at rival Highland High. Thus, when the two schools got together the other day for a meet, nobody was particularly surprised that White Swan had only six wrestlers on hand, Highland just five. What was surprising was this: None of the White Swan boys was in the same weight class as any of the Highland boys, which meant that no matches could take place.
Because of the odds-defying circumstance, the meet was short and sweet. First, White Swan's Donald Weeks stepped forward and had his hand held up by the referee, who declared him the winner by forfeit in the 101-pound class. Next, Highland's Todd Krienke came out and was designated the winner by forfeit at 108 pounds. And so it went, right up to Highland's Kent Wilkinson, who was pronounced victorious—a forfeit, of course—in the unlimited-weight class. With six points awarded for victory in each match, White Swan, by virtue of its extra man, won the meet 36-30. "It was just coincidence that none of our wrestlers matched up," Highland Coach Craig O'Brine said. Of the reaction of the 30-odd spectators to the freakish meet, O'Brine said, "They almost tore the place apart, it was so exciting."
It would be hard to find another high school athletic program to match that of Bishop Hendricken High of Warwick, R.I. In 1981, competing in Rhode Island's major school division. Bishop Hendricken, a parochial boys' school with an enrollment of about 1,100, won state championships in seven sports: football, basketball, baseball, soccer, swimming, wrestling and cross-country. The Hawks also finished second in hockey, tennis and indoor and outdoor track. The cross-country and swimming teams were New England champions as well.
The only sport in which Bishop Hendricken did not reach the state finals was golf. The boys are working on that. Fore!
Not realizing that the game had been canceled months earlier. Las Vegas odds-makers made Davidson's basketball team a 5�-point favorite over The Citadel on Jan. 27. To his annoyance, Davidson's sports information director, Emil Parker, got a firsthand reminder the next day of the extent of gambling involvement in college sports. By Parker's count, more than 50 "fans," frustrated by the absence of a score in their newspaper, called him to ask how the game had come out. Parker allows that he might have succumbed to the temptation to give the callers a phony score except that he was "afraid of waking up and finding a mile-long black limo parked in my driveway."
The make-believe score Parker had in mind would have had his school failing to cover the spread under circumstances calculated to cause apoplexy among at least some of the callers: Davidson 149, Citadel 144 in triple overtime.
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