Bleacher Bits: Hard to pin down wrestling results
The green light on my office answering machine was blinking when I got in Dec. 18, which sometimes is a good thing.
At least I knew it was working, which I sometimes doubt when I go a few days or a week without having anybody leave me messages after most people's "normal" work hours.
My morning work wake-up call turned out to be a wrestling enthusiast who was upset that Orland High's wrestling results from a scheduled tournament in Red Bluff had not been published in the paper.
The person was 100 percent correct because the results were missing, but they then went on about how wrestling is a sport, too, and should not be ignored.
The caller was also right in that respect — wrestling is a sport, and we try to cover it the best we can. However, the person did not leave a call-back number, so I could not provide her with any answers.
As it turns out, when Orland High got to the tournament, they were told that it was not going to be a dual tournament; rather, the wrestlers would grapple in a pool system. Coach Victor Perry was very apologetic when he told me he was not sure what he would have reported and had no scores to post.
Here there was a simple reason why I had not been able to find results, but I was unable to communicate that with the caller.
Wrestling is a tough sport to get decent results from. MaxPreps has a tab for wrestling but I have yet to see any schools use it, and the California Wrestler website is hit-and-miss, depending on who put on the tournament and who posts the information.
Unfortunately for many of the tri-county schools who have wrestling, many have small rosters and don't do regular weekly duals with other schools. Most of their action is during tournaments, and they may only have a few wrestlers taking part.
I passed on my contact information to some of the other coaches during the Doc Peterson Tournament in Orland, but have yet to have it yield any results.
To my caller from Dec. 18 and other wrestling enthusiasts, I realize the tremendous amount of hard work and dedication it takes to wrestle, and I am working to improve the lines of communication with the coaches so the results of that hard work can be recognized in the newspapers.
CONTACT Craig Purcell at 824-1036 or firstname.lastname@example.org.