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.
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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.
The WIAA’s decision left Halter confused, his coach angry and claiming a biased referee officiated the match, many state wrestling fans up in arms, and his parents planning to hire a lawyer to fight the ruling.
For Hayden Halter, the dream of winning four straight high school wrestling championships appears over.
It’s the time of season where the bumps and bruises add up and several frontline wrestlers were on the sideline Thursday night.
Waterford High School wrestlers Alex Guardiola and Hayden Halter held their own Saturday at the Cheesehead Invitational.