A post-bout skirmish erupted between a high school wrestler and opposing coach in Arizona on Saturday. While any punishment remains uncertain, it’s still possible that the teen could be charged with some degree of assault or could be suspended for violating the student code of conduct, according to a report from Tucson ABC affiliate KOLD.
According to the news network, a bout between wrestlers from Canyon Del Oro High School (Tucson, Ariz.) and Salpointe Catholic High School (Tucson, Ariz.) was ended prematurely and adjudged that the Canyon Del Oro (CDO) wrestler elbowed his opponent in the neck. That set up a disqualification, which required the wrestlers to come back into the ring to shake hands.
That went off without incident, but the entire scene was far from quiet. Rather, as the wrestlers retreated to their teams off the mat, a Salpointe coach reportedly walked on to the mat and was then charged by the CDO athlete in question.
VIDEO: A Canyon Del Oro wrestler attacks a Salpointe Catholic coach after a match Saturday.
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The coach and wrestler became embroiled in a fight for a good half minute before they could be separated by other coaches and teammates. The assistant coach who was attacked in the video above was later deemed to be OK and was not hospitalized due to any injuries in the incident.
Meanwhile, local police have yet to release any info about possible charges related to the incident, though Ampitheater Public School District, the home of CDO, has released a statement reinforcing that the athlete could be disciplined within the school based on violation of the code of conduct, as noted by KOLD.
“Amphitheater Public Schools is aware of the incident that occurred at a wrestling match on Saturday. The District is investigating and will follow its Code of Conduct in determining any disciplinary action.”
Since the spring, when he lost his oldest brother, the family patriarch, Majok Deng has been getting through school, recruiting and basketball with a heavy heart.
It’s been tough, but, with his mom, three other brothers and his Salpointe Catholic (Tuscon, Ariz.) extended family, the 6-foot-5 senior is putting up numbers Lual would be proud of.
Salpointe is 15-1 with Deng averaging 18.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.4 assists per game.
“He was the father figure, the head of the household,” said Majok, who made azcentral sports’ first-team All-Arizona team last season and recently committed to Pepperdine. “We became closer. He brought everyone out to the state championship game (in Phoenix) last year.”
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Less than a month after scoring 33 points and pulling down 13 rebounds in an 80-75 overtime win over Buckeye, which put Salpointe into the 4A final against Phoenix Shadow Mountain, Majok’s brother was shot and killed in Phoenix.
He was turning 27, Majok said.
“I didn’t play basketball for a couple of weeks after that,” Majok said. “But I realized that if he was here, he would have told me basketball is going to be your only choice, your escape.”
When the Dengs came here as refugees from South Sudan, they were separated from their father, who was a soldier. That’s where the oldest brother filled the role.
Not just Majok, 17, but Deng, Ajang, and Leek all looked up to Lual.
“I feel I have a voice in my house,” Majok said. “I can certain things that I think can help our family grow. I have two older brothers (Deng and Ajang) working and they try to guide us. We’re just trying to take care of each other and tell each other the right things.
“My mother is a healer. She’s doing everything she can to be the mother and the father.”
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