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Prep Wrestling: Beaumont forfeits Eastern Division Individual title
Sultana stays in second place, Victor Valley in third
The Beaumont wrestling team forfeited its CIF-Southern Section Eastern Division Individual Championship due to using two ineligible athletes, but second-place Sultana will not be crowned as the new champion.
The Cougars violated CIF-SS Bluebook Rule 3103, according to a CIF-SS press release sent out Wednesday afternoon. They used two wrestlers who hadn’t established a certified minimum weight based on body fat. The rule states that no wrestler may compete until he/she has completed the composition assessment.
“Officially there is no change in order of finish,” CIF-SS Director of Communications Thom Simmons wrote in an email. “Only the championship is vacated with Beaumont removed from the order of finish. As such, the same teams will keep their current plaques.”
Simmons said the rule infraction was determined in preparation for the CIF-SS Masters Meet.
“At that time it was determined the wrestlers in question had not completed their required weight assessment,” he wrote. “The school was notified and they determined the same making those wrestlers ineligible.”
Simmons said that since the ineligible wrestlers are student-athletes, the CIF-SS won’t reveal their names. He also said that if either qualified for Masters, the sixth-place finisher in that weight class will not be taking their place.
The latest brackets on tmi.0catch.com show that 37 points were deducted from Beaumont’s final point tally.
Both Sultana and Victor Valley qualified five wrestlers into the Masters Meet, which takes place Friday and Saturday at Temecula Valley.
In 2009, the Sultans were awarded the CIF-SS Northern Division Individual title a few days after the tournament was completed due to a scoring mistake being found. Sultana has won three Individual titles in the last five seasons.
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