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HS wrestlers in Michigan required to wear masks during matches

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I think we have to be honest and realize that the high school season is not sustainable this year. Masks are impractical and really won't be effective since there is no way to avoid close and sustained contact in wrestling. Until a cheap, effective and rapid test system is implemented along with better therapeutics and a vaccine, HS wrestling needs to pause.

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On 10/28/2020 at 5:45 PM, AnklePicker said:

Illinois put basketball and wrestling on hold aka not gonna happen. We’re screwed this year. 

 Wrestling April 19 to June 26, 2021

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So when the mask comes/tears off or slides down the face (unmasking), does the referee immediately stop the match. This could get crazy very quickly; if it occurs during a potential scoring sequence does the ref allow the action to be completed, or does he immediately stop it? If the latter, look for intentional unmasking to prevent scoring by the opponent. Don't kid yourself it will happen.

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59 minutes ago, fullnelson said:

So when the mask comes/tears off or slides down the face (unmasking), does the referee immediately stop the match. This could get crazy very quickly; if it occurs during a potential scoring sequence does the ref allow the action to be completed, or does he immediately stop it? If the latter, look for intentional unmasking to prevent scoring by the opponent. Don't kid yourself it will happen.

Of course it will happen. 

'Hands to the face' will be called very liberally this season.

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21 hours ago, fullnelson said:

So when the mask comes/tears off or slides down the face (unmasking), does the referee immediately stop the match. This could get crazy very quickly; if it occurs during a potential scoring sequence does the ref allow the action to be completed, or does he immediately stop it? If the latter, look for intentional unmasking to prevent scoring by the opponent. Don't kid yourself it will happen.

There are masks that wrap, securely, around the back of the head specifically for athletics. They aren’t going to be wearing the paper ones that hang around ears.

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