Temple City’s Smith feels left out

first_imgSmith asserted Broca’s decision to wait for stragglers cost he and his teammates, who had arrived at 6:40 a.m., an opportunity to be wrestling Saturday. At least one other league wrestler sympathized with Smith. “If that would have happened to me, I don’t know what I would have done,” Monrovia’s Taylor Hoopes said. “I’m not sure I’d be able to get over it. So I definitely feel sorry for Temple City.” Mark Beeman, Monrovia’s 130-pounder, was scratched from Saturday’s competition because of an injured shoulder. “I think he had a real good chance to advance,” Hoopes (135 pounds) said. “We’ll just have to pick up the slack for him.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONROVIA – As some of his counterparts prepare for Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Northern Division individual wrestling championships, Temple City’s Cary Smith is left with little more than disgust and disappointment. Smith, who arguably was the Rio Hondo League’s top heavyweight, will not have an opportunity to wrestle again this season after being disqualified from the league finals for showing up late for weigh-ins. “It’s still hard,” said Smith, who was told on Friday his final appeal to wrestle had been denied. “This is what you work hard for all season, to have a chance to compete.” It was discussed at a pre-finals meeting that the host school, San Marino, would close its gym doors promptly at 7 a.m. for weigh-ins, and the Rams did not arrive until sometime around 7:30. center_img League coaches then voted to disqualify Temple City. Little has changed in Smith’s situation since the Feb. 3 finals, but the position he and his teammates have taken has undergone a transformation. “When I was first told about what happened, I was (angry) at the other Rio Hondo League coaches,” Smith said. “I thought they had no (guts). But ultimately, it’s our fault.” What particularly bothered Smith is the sudden change of heart by second-year coach Eric Broca. “From the beginning of the season, he always told us to be on time or the bus will leave without us,” Smith said. “So what happens? At the most important part of the season, coach decides to wait for the other guys who were late.” last_img