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High School Wrestler Faces Charges for "Butt Drag" Move

| by Kate Wharmby Seldman

A California high school wrestler is in trouble after he performed a controversial move on a freshman teammate during practice. Preston Hill, 17, employed a move called the "Butt Drag," which entails grabbing an opponent's buttocks and inserting one's fingers in the anus to get leverage before dragging him across the floor.

The freshman teammate filed suit against Hill, and Hill is now facing molestation charges. He's also been expelled from Buchanan High School in Clovis, Calif.

Hill and his parents, Kristin and Darren, say the charges are ridiculous because the Butt Drag is a standard wrestling move that his middle-school coaches taught him. "All the wrestlers use it," Darren Hill told newspaper The Fresno Bee, "and my son did it in front of his coaches at a school-sponsored event."

The freshman, who hasn't been named by media, says Hill had bullied him previously, and that he believes Hill performed the Butt Drag to further harass and intimidate him. Ross Rice, the freshman's father, told the Fresno Bee, "Preston took it beyond a simple wrestling move. He crossed the line."

The butt drag has been the subject of controversy before. In 2007, South Dakota high school wrestler Jerome Hunt was found guilty of rape and attempted rape for employing the Butt Drag - also known as checking the oil - on six teammates during practice.