GI's Daghestani at odds with VI, state wrestling
February 17, 2020


Top-ranked senior could miss state tourney over medial disagreement.

One of New York State's top wrestlers has a tricky situation on his hands.

Grand Island senior Adam Daghestani was arguably the most notable name to not advance to the NYSPHSAA wrestling tournament following Saturday's Section VI Division I state qualifier. The problem for Western New York's No. 1-ranked 170-pounder is this was a situation out of his control.

After receiving a standard skin check prior to weigh-ins, one of the on-site doctors described a bump on the back of Daghestani's leg as pseudofolliculitis — an ingrown hair that could be caused by a condition that could be contagious through skin-to-skin contact. The state's No. 2-ranked 170-pound wrestler got a second opinion from a personal dermatologist, who diagnosed it as a harmless bug bite. Daghestani returned with a doctor's note but was again denied as the on-site doctor overruled it.