This fear was incited last Friday, when a Racine County Circuit Court judge issued a restraining order, temporarily blocking Hayden Halter's suspension after his father hired an attorney to challenge two unsportsmanlike conduct calls.
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The 2018 state champion had been suspended from competition by the WIAA last week after receiving two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties at the Southern Lakes Conference meet on Feb. 2.
RACINE — The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association and National Association of Sports Officials share a fear that any or all of their referees decisions may end up being legally challenged in court, reversing what had been an unchanging precedent of leaving calls and penalties on the field.
PEWAUKEE — Waterford’s Hayden Halter walked into the Pewaukee High School gymnasium Saturday morning confident, but supremely focused, as muttering Mukwonago fans gossiped about the star wrestler’s controversial return.
After a 2½-hour hearing Friday afternoon, Racine County Circuit Court Judge Michael J. Piontek issued an injunction to block a controversial suspension the WIAA gave Halter last week at the Southern Lakes Conference meet.
Hayden Halter is going to court to keep his wrestling season alive.
Last Saturday, Halter received two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the 120-pound championship match against Union Grove sophomore Cade Willis, ranked No. 7 by Wisconsin Wrestling Online. The referee of the match was Michael Arendt, the athletic director at St. Catherine’s High School and a former teacher and coach at Union Grove High School.
WATERFORD — Hayden Halter hopes to be back in action this weekend.