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Four Westside wrestlers kicked off team

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Four Westside High School wrestlers have been kicked off the team after they were caught smoking marijuana.

With his team at Commerce, Ga., for a tournament, Westside coach Kevin Waters said the four students were found smoking the drug the evening of Friday, Jan. 3.

“You hope they learned from it,” Waters said. “This happened in a span of 15 minutes – look how quickly your world can change. I’m glad I caught it. Now we’re trying to deal with it.”

The coach said his team travels to go up against and see different wrestlers often, but this was the first time he’s had any type of issues like this one.

Waters said the four players who were kicked off the team will be going to the alternative school. He added he hopes the incident sent a message to the remaining 12 team members, if any was needed.

“I hope this problem can take care of the rest of them,” Waters said. “That’s the only thing we can do, is hope it never happens again.”

The undermanned Westside team will play host to a wrestling competition starting at 10 a.m. today.

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Just My Opinion 01/17/14 - 08:28 pm
Good for Coach Waters for

Good for Coach Waters for doing the right thing! No, it wasn't the easiest thing to do...that would've been to just ignore what had happened and continue the season without being undermanned. But, besides being a coach to these young men, he's also a TEACHER to this young men. Right now, his team has been given the opportunity to learn from other team member's mistakes and to see what happens when you selfishly break the rules. Good luck the rest of the season!

nocnoc 01/18/14 - 10:56 am
Agree with the Coaches actions

School Sports roles are grade school Physical leaders
They have different and higher level of responsibility to the school and student body.

oldredneckman96 01/18/14 - 11:10 am
Pot Boys

Now kick them out of school. Thumb down on this pot heads!

GiantsAllDay 01/18/14 - 11:33 am
I would kick them off the

I would kick them off the team for being stupid. Wrestlers are consistently trying to LOSE weight in order to be in the upper end of a lower weight class, thereby gaining an advantage. Why ingest a drug that gives you the munchies? Shows they only care about themselves and not the team.

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