ILION, N.Y. (AP) -- An upstate New York high school wrestler is receiving praise for choosing to intentionally take a loss against his injured opponent, who otherwise would have lost the match via forfeit.
Marek Bush, of Central Valley Academy in Ilion, faced Logan Patterson in a Saturday tournament match. The Utica Observer-Dispatch reports Patterson was leading 7-0 against Bush near the end of the matchup when he landed awkwardly on his arm and was injured.
Bush says he knew Patterson was injured and let Patterson ride out his win rather than letting him forfeit before the final 32 seconds of the match. Bush received a standing ovation after the match.
Referee Terry Kavanaugh, who officiated, says "it was the pinnacle of class."