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January 15, 2014

WRESTLING WEDNESDAY: Bradford does not let disability get in way of his wrestling

New Albany senior has been deaf since birth



Even though referees do not allow New Albany senior Lunden Bradford to wear his hearing aids in competition, the IHSAA thinks otherwise.

Based on a conversation with IHSAA assistant commissioner Robert Faulkens, IHSAA sports information director Jason Wille said wrestlers can wear a hearing aid during a match.

“There is a mention in the rule book that no electronic devices may be used by a wrestler that would assist in communication with the coach, but a hearing aid should not fall into that category,” Wille said in an email last week. “We believe, based on the rule book, that this interpretation may have been mis-applied. As long as the hearing aid is covered up by his headgear and he weighs in with the aids inserted, there should be no problem.”

In addition, the National Federation of High School Associations made a statement in October 2012 that medical appliances, like hearing aids, can be worn by any high school athlete under certain conditions.

The NFHS statement said: “When it is necessary for an athlete to wear a medical appliance [such as an insulin pump] during athletic competitions, the device shall be padded and securely attached to the player’s body underneath the uniform. Devices attached to the head [such as hearing aids and cochlear implants] do not need to be padded, but shall be firmly secured to the body. No medical appliance should pose a risk of injury to others. It is recommended that the athlete notify the official of the presence of the medical appliance prior to a contest.”





At Forest Park

• DUAL-MEET RESULTS: Charlestown d. North Posey; Charlestown d. South Spencer; Charlestown d. North Knox; Charlestown d. Forest Park; Pike Central d. Charlestown.

• CHARLESTOWN HIGHLIGHTS: Luke Woods (113), 5-0; Bryant Haynes (126), 5-0; Cameron Hopson (132), 4-1; Antonyo Gaddie (160), 4-1; Zach Higdon (170), 5-0; Josh Hurley (220), 5-0; Christian Davenport (285), 4-1.

• QUOTES: Charlestown coach Adam Doherty, “Overall, everybody wrestled well after a tough match at Floyd Central on Friday.”

• UPCOMING MEETS: At Jeffersonville, dual meet, tonight; at Southern Indiana Wrestling Conference meet, Saturday, at Southwestern.

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