Kelly Walsh Earns Their Second Consecutive 4A State Championship in Wrestling After a Scoring Error

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now)- The Kelly Walsh wrestling team won the 2020 4A state championship after a scoring error. Green River was originally awarded with the state title, with 208.5 total points, winning by 1.5 points. There was an error in the scoring calculations, which would give Kelly Walsh the win by 2.5 points.

According to WyoPreps, the Wyoming High School Activities Association (WHSAA) mentioned that a Kelly Walsh wrestler in the 170lbs weight class was charged with a flagrant misconduct on the first day of the state tournament, after he scored four points. Due to the misconduct, he another three points was deducted, resulting in a seven point deduction and disqualification. Kelly Walsh had another wrestler in the same weight class compete at the meet from the same weight class who ended up scoring 11 points, finishing in sixth place. This result made the disqualified wrestler a non-scorer, making KW's team score of 211 points.

Commissioner of the WHSAA, Ron Laird came out with the statement to WyoPreps that said:

"We feel terrible about it. It's not something we want to decide the outcome. It was a great 4A state tournament with five teams so close, but obviously we have to make it right, at this point, so that's what we're doing."

Green River and the WHSAA are expected to meet on Monday, March 2.