ROYAL OAK, Mich. – A sign-language interpreter for a deaf wrestler will be allowed to get closer to the action as part of a settlement with the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
Lawyers for Ellis Kempf of Royal Oak High School says the interpreter will have "full access" around the mat. The settlement was announced Monday.
Kempf sued on Dec. 3, saying it was unfair to keep an interpreter only in the coach's zone, especially when an opponent can hear guidance from a coach without looking around.
Michigan High School Athletic Association spokesman John Johnson says the agreement helps Kempf and makes the mat a safe place for everyone.
Kempf has been deaf since age 2 due to meningitis. Cochlear implants allow him some hearing, but he can't wear the external components during matches.