Tahlequah Daily Press

December 21, 2013

Hulbert forfeits dual to Keys

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com



Hulbert scored more points, but Keys ultimately came away with a victory at Rider Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.

At the time, Hulbert celebrated a 54-30 victory over the Cougars in District 3A-7 competition. But on Thursday it was revealed that Hulbert allowed an ineligible wrestler to compete in the competition, resulting in a forfeiture on Hulbert’s part.

Athletic directors at both high schools confirmed the forfeiture in Keys’ favor.

“It was an ineligible wrestler, academically,” said Hulbert athletic director Rick Ott, who could not disclose which wrestler it was that competed illegally.

“We have sent a letter of forfeiture to Keys and we abided by what the (Oklahoma Secondary School) Activities Association told us to do.”

With Keys’ 1-1 mark — a win over Salina and a loss to Jay — on Thursday, the Cougars are now 2-1 in 3A-7 duals. Hulbert drops to 0-1.

“It was an unfortunate happening all the way around,” Ott said. “(The wrestler) wrestled unknowingly while being on the ineligible list.”

Neither Ott nor Keys coach Travis Kirby opted to provide more comments on the matter. Hulbert coach Mickey McGowan was unavailable to comment on the matter.

In the dual itself, Hulbert took an early 24-0 lead before Keys eventually pulled even at 30-30. The Riders then scored the final 24 points of the dual.