The Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown has disciplined two Allentown Central Catholic wrestling coaches for allowing a boy to wrestle a girl at a dual meet earlier this month, in violation of the diocese's stated policy against mixed-gender wrestling during the regular season.
The diocese did not reveal the names of the two coaches, nor the nature of the discipline, according to the Allentown Morning Call. The newspaper identified the two Central Catholic mat coaches as head coach John Bolich, and assistant coach Dennis Udicious.
At a Dec. 11 dual meet between Central Catholic and Allen high schools, Bolich -- in his second season as the Vikings' head coach -- sent freshman Josh Lynds to face freshman Rachelly Montas at 132 pounds. Lynds pinned Montas in 3 minutes, 27 seconds.
The Morning Call went on to report that the match in question was Lynds' only one to date. It was Montas' first varsity match to that point. She since has wrestled two other times.
Previously, Diocese spokesman Matt Kerr had confirmed the policy against boys wrestling girls is different during the individual postseason, when the schools and wrestlers have no control over who their opponents are. In that scenario, it is at the discretion of the competitor and his parents.
Kerr went on to say that it is not a judgment on the right and wrong of the matter; rather, it is a decision on who makes the call based on the individual nature of postseason wrestling.
Last season, there were two similar incidents involving male wrestlers from Bethlehem Catholic High School who had faced girls on the mat.