The wrestling Spears brothers of Sheldon High School are pretty big. And pretty good. It seemed to be a foregone conclusion that they'd meet in the finals of the 285-pound weight class at the Class 6A OSAA state championships over the weekend. So a bargain was made ahead of time.
It seems the boys' parents -- particularly his mother -- don't like them to wrestle each other. So everyone agreed if the boys reached the finals, the younger brother, Wyatt, would forfeit to big brother Chet.
And that's exactly what happened. Chet was the champ as Wyatt forfeited. The fix was in.
That might seem strange to outsiders, but to the Spears and those who know them, it's the right thing to do.
Wyatt says his parents, Harvey and Gretchen, insist that they don't wrestle one another. Soto sides with the parents.
"My parents hate it when we wrestle, especially my mom. It's his senior year. I'll give it to him," Wyatt said.
It took some arm-twisting, Chet said.
"He got bribed. He gets all sorts of stuff, cars, dogs, phones," he said, smiling.
I'm not sure how you were with your brothers, but uh, I don't think it would have turned out that way in my house. I mean, with a state championship on the line I know a couple of things for sure:
- I would NEVER want to win a state title because the other guy -- brother or not -- just handed it to me.
- I would NEVER just hand a state title to my brother. Sorry, Bruce... Love you and all but LET'S GET IT ON!
Besides, I was the big brother and knew I could always beat him.