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D-B earns bizarre win featuring forfeits in 13 of 14 matches

Joe Avento • Jan 15, 2019 at 7:55 PM

KINGSPORT — The schedule said Science Hill would be wrestling at Dobyns-Bennett on Tuesday night.

One team said otherwise.

Science Hill forfeited 13 of the 14 matches, giving the Indians a 78-6 victory in a bizarre dual meet at the Buck Van Huss Dome.

“I brought the kids that were healthy,” said Science Hill coach Jimmy Miller, who said the majority of his team was out with the flu. “Unfortunately, I have to do what’s best for my kids. Was it personal? No. I did what was best for the Science Hill High School kids.”

Science Hill didn’t send a wrestler out for the first four matches, and a pattern began to emerge. Wrestler after wrestler, all wearing D-B singlets, walked to the center of the mat to have his hand hoisted victoriously into the air by the referee.

Finally, at 132 pounds, there was some wrestling, and Science Hill’s Tyler Sealey pinned D-B’s Eli Whitley in a minute to cap the night’s only action.

The entire farce lasted 10 minutes, leaving the handful of spectators who paid $5 apiece to get in wondering if they’d get their money back.

“We put our guys out there and we were willing to wrestle anyone he put out there,” D-B coach Wesley Idlette said. “We were ready. I’m still a little shocked.

“People paid to come in and see some matches and they only saw one match.”

Miller said he tried to get the event rescheduled when he realized his team wouldn’t be at full strength.

“That was denied,” he said.

Idlette said all he can do is look forward.

“Things were out of my control,” he said. “We still have a long season ahead of us. We’re looking forward to Thursday and taking on Jefferson County.”

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