As the IHSA wrestling postseason gets underway this weekend, the Glenwood High School wrestling program is dealing with the repercussions of violating two IHSA by-laws.
As a result, GHS head coach Jerod Bruner has been suspended from coaching for the postseason; and as a team, Glenwood is not eligible to compete for any team awards, which would include the Dual Team Sectional or Dual Team State Tournament.
Glenwood is eligible to compete in the Individual Regional, Individual Sectional and Individual State competitions. With Bruner not eligible to coach, assistants Nick Anthony, Brad Kuntz and Tom Johnston will run the program through this postseason.
All disciplinary measures are in effect only for this year’s postseason, IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson confirmed to the Clarion Tuesday.
Last month, Glenwood self-reported to the IHSA a possible issue involving competing in too many tournaments this season.
“We went up and wrestled in duals up north with the understanding they counted as duals, so that’s how we went through our whole season,” Bruner told the Clarion. “Later, I found out they were tournaments, so we self-reported it to the IHSA.”
“We believed we had entered super dual-style events that we later learned should have been considered tournaments,” GHS Director of Athletics Dusty Burk told the Clarion. “We did self-report the error immediately. We worked with the IHSA to minimize the impact to our wrestlers, and our goal was to try to make sure that the wrestlers didn’t feel any impact from the mistake. Coach Bruner carefully counted matches throughout the season, and our wrestlers never went over, nor were they close to going over, the individual match limitations from the IHSA.”
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