Regarding the Nevill's skin situation...I was there in the room when this all went down. The infected area was right on his face and didn't look good. He did have a note that said he had impetigo. One of our guys didn't like the way it looked and sent him to the doctor on-site for a second look. The doctor didn't think it was impetigo and thought it was Herpes instead. Our doctor asked Adam if he could get a hold of the Nevills's doctor so that he could speak to him. It took a little while because of the time difference, but our doctor did speak to Nevills's doctor and his doctor could not say that it wasn't Herpes because he couldn't verify that a skin culture had been done.Furthermore, per the date on the skin form, he hadn't been under antibiotic treatment long enough anyway.
The bottom line is that the Ironman committee and doctor did everything they could to keep Nevills in the tournament. It's a crappy situation, but it wasn't handled absolutely correctly. We cannot put hundreds of wrestlers and 24 officials at risk because of one individual.
It would be a shame if California schools boycott this great event because one coach didn't like the outcome of a professional and expert decision that was made in the name of safety to ALL those competing in the tournament.
I wasn't going to respond since what's done is done, but since we're going with "first hand" accounts...
This is half true. The skin had been cultured. It had come back positive for impetigo. It had been treated for impetigo. And it had been treated long enough (5 days). It was on the proper form with the proper information and done by a board certified dermatologist. And, it wasn't herpes.
Your non-skin doctor (general local guy who has never treated a skin disease) by LOOKS ALONE wanted the dermatologist who treated the infection to GUARANTEE him with 100% certainty that it was not both impetigo and herpes. And since our dermatologist could not provide a guarantee on her medical license, we spent thousands of dollars to fly to Ohio to have a non-skin guy go on a gut instinct instead of a medical professional in the area of skin's opinion, culture, and treatment. Good form Ironman. We did our part to help the doctor make a good decision by letting him speak with the dermatologist, and at the end of the day, the tournament and its staff failed us.
Here's the best part. We came back with herpes from the tournament. We had the only athlete required to demonstrate with absolutely medical certainty that a skin condition was something other than what it was marked and treated for. Yet, apparently that standard didn't apply to other wrestlers.
As I told all of you at the event -- you've seen us for the last time. The bad news is, I think some others feel the same way. When you start feeling you are the show, it's often the same result as when you feel you've become a good enough coach or a good enough wrestler. The tournament is only as good as those in attendance.