T-Rex wrote:Hey guys I haven't seen this thread until now, but let me try and put some answers to a few of the accusations being made here. First of all as head official for the State Tournament this year (and last), all problems are my responsibility - either perceived or real, as perception is reality to most. So please redirect any serious accusations to me if you feel passionately about them.
1) Officials high-fiving - I totally agree that this can be perceived by the losing wrestler/team/parent/coach as an action that can show bias. This will be addressed at our State Rules Clinic coming up next season. I know for a fact that when officials do this after a match, it is due to a stressful and intense match where crucial calls are made at important times, and like the wrestlers competing in the match itself - we too are a part of that action. And as a brotherhood, we support each other. When an official(s) completes a high stress match like this, he is congratulated and acknowledged by his brothers off the mat for a job well done. EVEN WHEN calls might be missed or a tough call is made that one side may not understand, support for that official is shown - it could be a handshake, a word of encouragement - or in many cases a high-five. There has never been, to my knowledge, nor will it ever be tolerated anywhere in the State of Texas, any bias or congratulatory signal due to an official being for or against a particular wrestler, team, coach or school.
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