Brothers and Sisters, I posted this on the "other" forum and wanted to share this question with the bright minds living on this side of the tracks :
After surviving a week of defending my favorite baseball player against accusations of cheating (the most vigorous accuser was a brother who ironically ended up proudly admitting having access to blatent cheating on his term papers and exams in college!) it made me think about our great sport and the degree to which our athletes perform honestly.
My take is that we are a pretty straight forward sport. I have wrestled and coached wrestling for over 30 years, at every level from kids wrestling to D1,2,&3 collegiate to international freestyle,greco and sombo.
The vast, vast majority of wrestlers whom I have known and/or competed against competed honestly. I have run into a couple of guys who would skirt the technical aspects of the rules (applying chokes in front headlocks, stepping on opponents feet while taking a quick shot, twisting a wrist while applying a 2 on 1, etc.) and 3 or 4 guys who I KNOW were using steroids while competing.
I have also known a couple of coaches who were less than honest in their dealings with recruits.
What about you guys/ladies? Do you think that we are an "honest" sport and what experiences, if any, have you had with wrestlers "cheating" at any level and in any manner?