Photos: Wrestling Basha Vs Mountain Pointe

Pride's Robert Burge wrestles Bears' Dalis Smith during the 138 lb. match at the wrestling meet between Mountain Pointe Pride and Basha Bears at Mountain Pointe on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.

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The easy assumption was to believe Dalis Smith’s hospital stay was a direct result of the state wrestling tournament.

It hasn’t been ruled out, but there are far too many variables to know truly how the Basha state place contracted the Strep infection .

“The doctor stated that he could have gotten it anywhere or anytime from someone who had strep throat or any type of step infection,” Basha wrestling coach Mike Garcia said.

Once it was in Smith’s system it became a rare flesh eating bacteria and started to eat away at his left foot.

Garcia isn’t convinced, but obviously doesn’t know for sure, it happened during the wrestling postseason at Ironwood Ridge for sectionals or Tim’s Toyota Center for state.

“It was just an extreme case of bad luck,” Garcia said. “I had my suspicions as it being wrestling related since Dalis was the only one affected and the extra precautions taken by the AIA.”

Smith was released from the hospital on Monday and attended the team’s season ending banquet on Wednesday.

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