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San Fernando is forced to vacate City Section wrestling title

December 9, 2010 |  8:24 am

San Fernando has been forced to vacate its City Section wrestling championship from 2010, and the  sports program has been placed on two years probation after the City rules committee concluded the Tigers used an ineligible athlete for four years, wrestler Sultan Muhammad, according to City Section Commissioner Barbara Fiege.

Among the conclusions and actions of the rules committee:

Muhammad was declared ineligible for all seasons of sport in which he participated in at San Fernando. All football games in which Muhammad played in during 2009-10 will be considered forfeits. All points he scored as an individual in wrestling will be removed.

The sports program was placed on probation from Nov. 30, 2010 through Nov. 30, 2012 "due to lack of administrative oversight." Teams are still eligible for playoffs but another violation would result in serious consequences.

And San Fernando had its wrestling team championship from 2010 vacated because the points scored by Muhammad contributed to the victory. San Fernando had won five consecutive City wrestling titles.

Fiege declined to say the reason for Muhammad being ineligible, citing student privacy rights.

-- Eric Sondheimer