VIDEO: Father Assaults Son's Opponent In High School Wrestling Match

Tom Gantert

A father was charged with assault after he charged a high school wrestler during a match

Kannapolis, NC – A North Carolina father was charged with assault after he charged onto a wrestling mat during a high school match to assault a wrestler who had just executed an illegal move by dropping the man’s son on his head.

While running at full speed, Barry Jones shoved the his son’s opponent and sent the wrestler tumbling to the ground, according to Time (Video below).

The video shows the high school wrestler picked up Jones’ son and dropped him head-first to the mat before the referee signaled the illegal move.

The wrestler had his back turned to Jones when the man launched the attack.

Police said the two high school wrestlers were not seriously injured, according to Time.

Parents from the Hickory Ridge wrestling team apologized on Facebook, according to WGHP.

“WE ARE DEEPLY SORRY,” the Facebook post stated.

“We want you to know that we experienced the same nightmare WITH you yesterday. We are in shock, horror and disbelief by the inconceivable action of one parent on a wrestler. We don't understand it nor would we ever condone it,” the Facebook post stated, according to WGHP. “Though our parents review the HRHS code of conduct in pre-season mandatory parent meetings, this parent chose to disregard the code and, for that, we are ashamed. His action does not reflect the beliefs of the parents or the HRHS wrestling program. To the parents of the wrestler who was tackled — we wholeheartedly apologize.”

It was signed, “The parents of the HRHS wrestling team”.

Leigh Hebbard, the Guilford County Schools director of athletics, released a statement saying he appreciated the apology from the opposing team’s parents.

“We were troubled to see the assault of one of our student athletes, reportedly by a parent of an opposing team member,” the statement read, according to WGHP. “However, we greatly appreciate the apology and words of support from the staff and families of the Hickory Ridge Wrestling team who have reached out to us and who share our concerns.”

You can see the video of the incident below:

Comments (48)
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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

We were troubled to see the assault of one of our student athletes.

It was two.

Saber6
Saber6

Ummm, is there a commensurate apology from the parents of the wrestler who performed the illegal move that could have paralyzed that man’s son for life? That’s why it’s an illegal move! While I don’t condone that parent’s loss of control of his emotions, being the father of a former high school wrestler, I certainly understand those emotions.

Quasar704
Quasar704

😂😂😭😭😭😭😭💀💀💀. The slo-mo absolutely killed me

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I guarantee I'll break at least one bone on any parent that decides to tackle my kid because of something that happened in competition. Where was the assaulted teen's father?

Aramovich
Aramovich

As a former wrestler, I wonder what the ref was doing in all this. I'm sure the father's heart went up to his throat when he saw his son dropped on his head. You can end up a quadriplegic from a move like that. Cut Dad some slack, here.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Assault??
Where????

Slam an opponent onto his head??
And nothing is done??

Credit goes to the boys father for stopping the assault on his son

The referee should have stopped the match and banned the boy who slammed his opponent head first into the mat

Save yourself politically correct crocodile tears

bryantrent
bryantrent

Crazy

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

This isn't a MMA fight! What the wrestler did was completely uncalled for!

Baldgsxr
Baldgsxr

But nothing will be said to the kid that did the head slamming. Great job Dad!


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