A small outbreak of a skin disease recently led to an eight-day, no-contact period for one of the state's top wrestling teams.
Class C No. 1 Central City ended the shutdown Monday, and things are back to normal around the Bison program.
“It's a tough decision because you don't want to take away mat time,” coach Darin Garfield said Tuesday. “In the long run, though, I think it was the only decision that could have been made.”
Garfield said a couple of his wrestlers came back from the five-day holiday moratorium with spots on their skin. Two days after Central City hosted its Jan. 5 tournament, another wrestler showed signs of gladiatorum — an infection that commonly causes sores.
The decision was made then to take a weeklong break from contact after discussions with the team physicians and others in the state who have dealt with gladiatorum.
“They've done everything by the book,” said Ron Higdon, assistant director with the Nebraska State Activities Association. “They've done their due diligence.”
The only way for gladiatorum to spread is through skin-to-skin contact. Garfield said his entire team was cleared for contact before practice resumed Monday.
Garfield said his team did conditioning during the time it was away from the mat. The Bison are expected to contend for their third team title since 2009 at next month's state tournament.
“I feel good that we did it,” Garfield said of the shutdown.
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