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December 08, 2010

Wrestler Charged with Sex Crime for 'Butt-Drag' Maneuver: California high school wrestler wrestler Preston Hill was expelled and charged with a sex crime after using a "butt-drag" maneuver on a teammate during a July 15 match. "A wrestler grabs a rival's butt cheek and puts fingers in the anus to get leverage," the Fresno Bee explains. "It just doesn't make sense," said Preston's father, Darren Hill. "His coaches taught him the move when he was in middle school. All the wrestlers use it and my son did it in front of his coaches at a school-sponsored event."

posted by rcade to other at 09:43 AM - 24 comments

Damn, if I had known this move existed I would have definitely tried out for the wrestling team.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:51 AM on December 08

We always called that "Checking his oil".

posted by pholcomb at 10:26 AM on December 08

"A wrestler grabs a rival's butt cheek and puts fingers in the anus to get leverage,"

Damn, if I had known this move existed I would have definitely tried out for the wrestling team. posted by Hugh Janus

The irony speaks for itself.

On a serious note, if this is a move that was taught to him by his wrestling coaches, either it is a legal maneuver or he unknowingly got molested.

posted by BornIcon at 10:49 AM on December 08

We always called that "Checking his oil".

I'm pretty sure that oil would be a little sludgy.

I wrestled for a grand total of a year, but I covered wrestling for 8-10 years, including state tournaments. I've never heard this term.

Am I that sheltered or is sticking your fingers in your opponent's ass a California thing?

posted by wfrazerjr at 11:22 AM on December 08

My high school baseball coach taught me this maneuver. Before he was fired.

posted by vito90 at 11:33 AM on December 08

Doesn't sound like there's much of a case for a sex crime, but it does have the scent of some good, old fashioned bullying. I remember being a freshman on the varsity hockey team and getting knocked around pretty hard when I had the balls to speak up to an upperclassman.

That being said, while bullying (if it was) and hazing (if it was closer to that) are certainly things that can cause undue hardship to a high school kid, branding this kid as a sex offender for the rest of his life is fucked up. Luckily, it sounds like an expert witness could disprove the sexual assault claim pretty quickly.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:45 AM on December 08

Doesn't sound like there's much of a case for a sex crime, but it does have the scent of some good, old fashioned bullying.

I'm not sure that's the scent you get from performing that move.

posted by BornIcon at 12:06 PM on December 08

After speaking with a friend of mine who was a state champ and coaches, he's never heard of this maneuver. He's also wondering how the hell it can be legal if you aren't allowed to put your fingers in any of your opponent's other orifices.

Maybe it's a California thing.

Or a Mallrats thing.

posted by wfrazerjr at 12:44 PM on December 08

I wrestled in kansas, & "check his oil" was a term used, for whatever it's worth. I think it was said a bit tongue in cheek, in the sense that "yeah, you might touch an opponent's butt using this move, & might accidentally 'check his oil.'" I don't recall the oil-checking being a required or technical part of any move we used.

posted by brainofdtrain at 01:02 PM on December 08

"Hey coach, I may not beat this guy, but he'd better get checked for an enlarged prostate."

posted by Howard_T at 01:36 PM on December 08

When I saw "butt-drag maneuver" the first thing I thought of was cats. I had absolutely no idea this could be allowed, or taught, for God's sake, in a major sport.

posted by evixir at 02:11 PM on December 08

I think this can be both an accepted move and that this particular kid took it too far to bully another kid. And, seriously, why is this a legal maneuver anyway. Bruising in the anus?

posted by bperk at 03:35 PM on December 08

Under friendlier conditions that B becomes a C.

posted by Hugh Janus at 04:06 PM on December 08

My son wanted to be a wrestler.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

posted by THX-1138 at 05:26 PM on December 08

Wow. That site has extensive coverage. A long main article and multiple other articles.


Once the coach blew his whistle, Preston -- who is bigger and stronger than the freshman -- pulled the boy down to the mat, the police report said. Preston pressed his forearm against the boy's neck to hold him down while he rammed his two fingers into the boy's anus for at least 30 seconds, the boy told police.

Afterward, Preston told the boy, "I told you I was going to do that," according to the boy's account to police.

. . .

Preston said he inserted his two fingers between the victim's buttocks for three seconds as a wrestling tactic, because he wanted to get the boy to wrestle him.

"Everyone does this to motivate people who don't move on the mats," he said, according to the police report.

. . .

"I don't think the punishment fit the crime, because we all use it, " said [Preston's friend] Negrete, a senior.

Wow. Anal pentration cannot be taught as a legitimate part of any sport.

posted by Aardhart at 06:37 PM on December 08

Here in my town we had a scandal a few years ago involving the high school wrestling team, that revolved around "anal probing", cost the coach his job, and several wrestlers were charged with crimes.

I wrestled briefly in high school, and I know for a fact that this was not going on then. The dirtiest ploy I remember was to not shower for a few days prior to meets, in order to reek to high heaven. Hard to wrestle someone that smells so bad you can't breathe. A bout I had with a farm kid, was enough for me, couldn't compete with hog manure.

posted by dviking at 07:43 PM on December 08

That dude is gonna be one alpha prison inmate. And probably soon.

posted by outonleave at 08:32 PM on December 08

Anal pentration cannot be taught as a legitimate part of any sport.

That feels like a challenge. Waiting for a rugby player to step up here.

posted by yerfatma at 08:32 AM on December 09

The 'skullfucking' maneuver also provides outstanding leverage.

posted by phaedon at 09:08 AM on December 09

Waiting for a rugby player to step up here.

I've seen or heard about stories of stuff going on in Rugby. There was recently video of a player in the NFL doing something like this.

The difference is that in Rugby and the NFL, everyone knows that it is dirty. In this case, some people are defending anal penetration as an intentional and acceptably intentional part of wrestling. (There are also people who acknowledge it's dirty, but dispute that criminal charges should be brought. These are not the people I'm astounded by.)

If the coach was teaching this like the wrestler said, there could be a big lawsuit against the school district with punitive damages. Institutionalized sexual assault could be frowned upon by juries.

posted by Aardhart at 09:46 AM on December 09

There was a heavily publicized incident of some checking the oil going on in a fumble pile in the Nebraska-Texas A&M game a few weeks back (video). Of course, the guy who was violated got the flag on the play.

posted by holden at 05:58 PM on December 09

Waiting for a rugby player to step up here.

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr John Hopoate.

posted by owlhouse at 09:53 PM on December 09

So let's just say that someone "get's their oil checked" while participating in some sort of athletic endevour only to find that they are a few quarts low and badly in need of a new filter? What then?

posted by THX-1138 at 02:18 PM on December 10

badly in need of a new filter

You look the specs up for that type of vehicle and pull one out of storage.

posted by irunfromclones at 07:04 AM on December 11

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