Parents question lack of medals at 2A wrestling meet

A decision by the Seamount League to not give medals to winners at the 2A wrestling sub-district meet this past weekend has some parents upset.

In the past, winners at the sub-regional meet, formerly the Seamount League  Championships, received medals but according to Renton Athletic Director and Seamount League president Brian Kaelin, the league’s split to both 2A and 3A schools made it so there were no official “Seamount Champions” so handing out medals simply “didn’t work.”

Instead, this past weekend’s meet functions as a seeding meet for the regional tournament and winners were given the paper brackets from their weight class, as a keepsake, showing them moving to the top and claiming victory.

“It’s a 2A sub-regional, not a Seamount League meet,” Kaelin said Tuesday, adding that the winners were not league champions, but simply the top seed for the regionals.

However, multiple parents contacted the Renton Reporter to complain about the lack of medals, citing other meets, such as the 3A sub-regional in which the Seamount’s 3A schools competed with the KingCo league and first-place awards were given out, something Kaelin said he was plannig to look into this week.

Kaelin said he was unaware that medals were given at other meets and said he was also told no medals were given last year, but given the outcry both he and Reporter received, he said that must not have been the case.

Kaelin said he would discuss the issue with other members of the Seamount League and perhaps a League Championship may return in the future, but unfortunately for those who won this year, that may simply be cold comfort.

“I don’t know what we can do,” he said of this year’s winners.

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