In a crowded gym during practice in front of parents and coaches, the Buchanan High School wrestler tackled a teammate and executed a move his coaches taught him. He inserted his fingers between the boy's buttocks.It's called the "butt drag," in which a wrestler grabs a rival's butt cheek and puts fingers in the anus to get leverage. The move is widely used at matches around the country and has been around for decades.But now it is at the center of an uproar after Buchanan High wrestler Preston Hill was expelled and charged with a sex crime for using it on a teammate.Clovis police, however, say 17-year-old Preston went too far. A police report says that at a July 15 practice, he molested a Buchanan freshman teammate by inserting his fingers deep into the boy's anus, causing him pain.
The butt drag has been in the news before.
In 2007, a 17-year-old South Dakota high school wrestling champ was charged with rape and attempted rape after six wrestlers testified that he penetrated or tried to penetrate their anuses. A lawyer for Jerome Hunt said he was employing a legitimate wrestling move called the butt drag, which is also known as "checking the oil."
December 11, 2010
In junior high, I always looked forward to gym class, but I really hated the wrestling section. I didn't see anything official about rolling around on a filthy mat grabbing dudes with acne and b.o. problems. The whole sport struck me as pretty gay. Validating my conclusion is this story from the Fresno Bee: