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    I just got contacts yesterday and the person who taught me how to put them in and all said that I could wear them while playing sports including wrestling. But then he asked if I wore goggles while I wrestle because he said that my opponent might accidentally gauge my eyes and then the contacts would get damage and so might my eyes. I wanted to know if it's against the rules to wear any kind of protective eyewear during a match under those conditions for high school wrestling?

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    I know John Trenge had to wear specially made ones in college, due to an eye condition. There is a motivational book or movie about the entire case. I would think that you can, but they might have certain conditions or special types that you have to wear, not sure. I would look into the John Trenge story if you are really serious about needing to wear them. I wrestle with contacts and have lost several, but never anything too bad.

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    My son is 10 and has wrestled for 5 years with rec specs. Don't know the what the rules are in Va., but the NCAA let Trenge wear them. You just have to be aware that your oppenents are going to to grab at them to distract you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gjfovf View Post
    You just have to be aware that your oppenents are going to to grab at them to distract you.
    Not if you have a halfway decent referee.
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    Jon Trenge suffered from detached retinas. His doctor told him to give up wrestling, but, instead, protective goggles were custom-made for his use in college.

    There's the excellent documentary on Jon Trenge titled "Veritas" which has some discussion of the Lehigh All-American's goggles... and how opponents "went for the eyes" which, when Trenge reacted somewhat forcefully, was DQ'd in two separate matches; the second time, he was suspended from the team for a time. You can purchase Veritas online at www.veritas-movie.com

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    but do they make such goggles? if so where can i purchase them?

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    No, Trenge and his dad had to modify the googles so that he didnt get cuts under his eyes, I believe they used silicon.
    btw Veritas is a great movie.

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    ok. well i talked to my coach and he said i could wrestle with them in. if they pop out i just put em back in. well i had seen that already. i just wonder how those people don't get eye infections. those mats get dirty pretty quick.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by its_yaboi_mboe View Post
    ok. well i talked to my coach and he said i could wrestle with them in. if they pop out i just put em back in. well i had seen that already. i just wonder how those people don't get eye infections. those mats get dirty pretty quick.....
    I wrestled and have done Judo with contacts for years. You don't need any special protection and don't need to worry about infections if the contacts stay in your eyes. They can be popped out during a tight scramble and this is very rare, but it does happen, so it pays to be good at putting your contacts in without a mirror.

    Eye gouging so not be a concern. Occasionally I would see an eye poke and an impressive black eye, but I don't see how contacts would make this more dangerous.

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