When I started Youth Sports Gone Wild I was hoping to never need to break news like this. I want this blog to be both entertaining and a look at how far we have come in society. Youth Wrestling has come a very long way. When I was a kid what I am about to describe was common place. It’s now a once in a million events and that’s awesome but hopefully this never happens again.
This past weekend was the Pa Youth State Championships. 12 mats in a large arena with the best wrestling 12 and under has to offer in the world. Matches are intense and tempers do fly. Parents and the kids have invested time and money to travel clear across Pennsylvania so things can and do get heated. Talking with a member of the local Police department he told me there was many Domestic Disturbances on the weekend and a few arrests. Mainly father’s yelling at their sons. The worst case happened while I was in the stands:
It was a third round consolation match with two under 100lb(I won’t say the actual weight class) wrestlers who must win or go home. The match ended and the losing wrestler took a very nasty hissy fit. Seeing this out of the corner of my eye I see a very large man, later identified as the Brother of Wrestler Kurt Angle, choke slam a child. The crowd quickly started raining down boos and yelled for his arrest which at last sight he was being led away by Police. A spectator in front of me rightfully said we should find out the full story and if the culprit was the father before we jump to conclusions. That if it were her kid though, she would’ve jumped off the ledge and drop kicked the guy.
The officer I spoke to could not speak to whether the gentleman was arrested or not but he did confirm the name, Eric Angle, as the culprit. I can confirm he was not the boy’s father and I hope for many of the wrestlers who do compete under his team that they find a new coach.
Eric Angle was charged today simple assault and the video has been released.
##WARNING WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE MAY BE DISTURBING##
^^Video Removed for Privacy of the Child^^