Are there any ex-wrestlers here on AgWeb who can explain this? Damn, glad they didn't allow that move in basketball....
Panel recommends expulsion in Buchanan 'butt drag' case
A Clovis Unified school panel Thursday night recommended expulsion for a Buchanan High School wrestler accused of sexual battery against a teammate. Preston Hill also faces a criminal trial on the sexual battery charge.
A suspended Buchanan High senior will ask the Clovis Unified school board today to reinstate him into school, despite a school panel's recommendation that said he should be expelled for sexual battery of a teammate during wrestling practice.
A day after a Clovis Unified panel recommended expulsion for a Buchanan High student accused of committing sexual battery during wrestling practice, the teen's legal team was anything but discouraged.
The sexual-battery trial of a Buchanan High School wrestler has been delayed until Jan. 13, according to one of the attorneys.
Was Buchanan wrestler's move an illegal act?
A wrestling move called the "butt drag" is widely used at matches around the country. But it is at the center of an uproar after Buchanan High wrestler Preston Hill was suspended from school and charged with a sex crime for using it on a teammate.
Widely used at matches around the country??? lmao....you've got to be kidding. I've never watched wrestling, but obviously it is some pretty entertaining stuff.
The Clovis Unified school board voted unanimously Wednesday night to expel a Buchanan High student, concluding that a wrestling move he used on a teammate during practice constituted sexual battery and bullying.
Preston Hill, 17, and his parents left before the decision was announced.
"They thought it would be a waste of time to stick around," said attorney Charles Magill, who made a last-ditch effort to get Hill reinstated at Buchanan.
The board deliberated privately for fewer than 30 minutes before announcing the decision at a public hearing at Clovis Unified School District headquarters.
Hill, who was suspended before the school year started, now can't finish his senior year at Buchanan or set foot on Clovis Unified property. His options include enrolling in another school district or attending a charter or private school.
Chuck Magill, attorney for Buchanan High wrestler Preston Hill at the center of the butt-drag controversy, second from right, argues his client's case before the Clovis Unified School Board on Wednesday night.
The expulsion came the same day Hill appeared at a pretrial hearing in Fresno County Superior Court, where he faces a criminal charge of sexual battery. Sources say prosecutors want to resolve the case before Hill's trial on Jan. 27.
The alleged victim told Clovis police that Hill rammed two fingers into his anus during wrestling practice in July. Hill, however, told police he was employing a legitimate wrestling move called a "butt-drag" when he grabbed the boy's butt cheek -- not his anus.
Officially, the school board board Wednesday upheld a Jan. 14 ruling by a three-member school panel that concluded Hill, a senior, had sexually assaulted a freshman teammate.
The board also upheld the panel's other finding to support Hill's expulsion: that he bullied his teammate, committed an obscene act, and caused or attempted to cause physical injury to the teammate.
At the Jan. 14 hearing, Buchanan wrestling coach Tyrell Blanche and several teammates said Hill never would have intentionally hurt another teammate.
But the alleged victim and his parents testified that Hill had bullied his younger teammate, made a threatening gesture during weight lifting, and then rammed two fingers up the boy's anus during practice to humiliate and abuse him.
Another wrestler submitted a sworn declaration that he saw Hill make a threatening gesture during weight lifting.
Typically, expulsion hearings are confidential. But Hill's parents asked for his to be public. During Wednesday's hearing, the school board referred to Hill as student No. 62.
Sherri Poindexter, whose son wrestles at Clovis North High, became emotional when she told the board that its decision could affect other sports: Will a coach get punished for slapping a player on the buttocks after he makes a great play, she asked. Will a quarterback get in trouble when he touches the rear end of a center who is hiking the football?
Magill implored the board to give Hill a second chance. He attacked the alleged victim's credibility, even though he was warned by the school board's attorney not to discuss the boy's testimony.
Clovis Unified attorney Tom Manniello, however, told the board that the boy was lying on his stomach when Hill assaulted him.
He said Blanche has said a wrestler would not use the "butt drag" move on an opponent in that position.
Magill said he will appeal the expulsion to the Fresno County Office of Education.
The alleged victim's father, however, said the evidence is clear.
"The board's action sends a strong message that bullying will not be tolerated not only here, but everywhere," he said.
Call me crazy, but this kid's old man has just ruined his life. Obviously, the kid didn't mind being used as a bowling ball according to testimony....so now his old man has made a national spectacle out of him. This will haunt him until the day he dies. . . which will probably be from suicide after the trial is over. At one point in time, he and his opponent were the only ones who knew he had two fingers stuck up his a$$....now the whole world knows. Sometimes you need to leave well enough alone. I'm just saying.
Man this has to rank right up there with Ned Beaty getting corn holed by that Hillbilly in "Deliverance". How would you like to spend the rest of your life being know as the guy who got corn holed by a Hillbilly. Take that one scene out of the movie and nobody would even remember the movie but leave it in and the movie is on Turners Classic Movies at least once a month. I'm sure this poor kid will have every smart azz in the country asking if he wants to smell their fingers. The poor kid will be marked for life. His only hope for a somewhat normal life will be to move to southern Cornofornia
I have never wrestled cuz I thought it looked kinda gay but say you're trying to get a grip on your opponent. Butt cheeks are fairly round and hard to get a grip on. The only natural thing, it would seem to me, would be to start shoving fingers into places that might normally be reserved for TSA inspections. It's probably not too well know but before the nut cup was invented the Peter Pull was one of the most effective wrestling moves there was. The Ballbash Cannonball was another widely used maneuver where the aggressor tried to punt his opponents testies into next Sunday before moving into the Half Nelson. The butt plug is so widely used in Southern California I'm surprised it isn't mandatory to use them in wrestling matches.
Missouri Clone. It is quite evident why you never rose to the top in competitive wrestling. Apparently this move will completely dasarm your opponent during a match. I mean think about it. That could definitely ruin your concentration.
It was the ancient Greeks who brought us the sport that would become modern competitive wrestling, and if we've learned anything from the Greeks, it's this: One man's wrestling move is another man's anal sex.
Talking to my son in law last weekend during the football games, he talked of a neighbor who was a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks and ran special teams. He said those tackles on returns with piles that everyone applying to medical school with anal exams, personal dentistry and eye relocation. Last year I watched the grandson of a friend compete for state in wrestling and would not doubt your case for what I observed. It may be a testimony to Iowa as ISU generally has one of the best in the country. Is that the definition of cornholed?