When does a wrestling move go from merely uncomfortable to sexual assault? A judge in Fresno, California may have to decide just that as a 17-year-old wrestler from Buchanan High School goes on trial for what is being called an excessive “butt drag” move. In basic terms, a butt drag is a wrestling (real no pro) that involves using your hand between the opponent’s cheeks to steer him around to pin him. Distasteful for most people, but perfectly acceptable in wrestling circles. The victim in this case though, a 15-year-old teammate of the accused, says it went WAY beyond a textbook butt drag and involved something more that in another arena might involve having the guy buying him dinner first.
In the end (sorry) the senior grappler was not only expelled from school but is also facing sexual assault charges. Below are two videos, one about this incident and the other an extensive series of clips of actual butt drags (the non-sexual assault version) being performed. Sorry to ruing your breakfasts this morning.
Here’s more on the story from ABC 30:
“This kid basically targeted my son, pinned him to the ground and assaulted him.” Ross Rice claims his 15-year-old son wasn’t just grabbed, or dragged, but painfully penetrated and injured by his opponents fingers. “They tagged it as a butt drag, and I don’t think that move is a bad move, but what he did was above and beyond that.” Rice said.The alleged assailant, a 17-year-old, goes on trial on charges of sexual battery this week, and faces possible expulsion from school. His attorney, Charles Magill says the accusations and charges are absurd. “They are sweating and grappling with one another. There is a certain amount of give and take when you are involved in that type of an intimate sport.” He said, and added; “We defend it by saying the conduct he’s alleged to have done is overblown and completely out of context of what happened.” No one at Buchanan High or the Clovis Unified School District will comment on the matter.
Long time Fresno State University wrestling coach Dennis Deliddo says the Butt Drag is a legitimate wrestling move. “So you grab the buttocks, one side or the other and try to steer your opponent one way or another it’s just a wrestling move.” But, Deliddo adds, “It is not supposed to involve penetration. That’s not taught. That move isn’t taught, to stick your finger there.”