Coach's bet with wrestler to clip long hair after a loss leads to suspension, police probe

A friendly bet between a high school grappling coach and a wrestler has led to a suspension and a police investigation in Hawaii.

Carla Fontes hadn't cut her hair since intermediate school, and her coach, Stan Haraguchi, thought the locks flowing below her waist were interfering with the sport.

They bet if she lost a match, he would cut her hair. After a 3-0 start, Fontes lost her first match last week.

She allowed the coach to cut her hair at a team meeting Monday, even though Fontes' mother had expressly forbidden it. Fontes says she didn't relay that information to Haraguchi.

Her mother, Arlette Fontes, was furious when her 15-year-old daughter got home with shoulder-length hair.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports ( that Haraguchi has been suspended. Police are investigating.


Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald,