Sign language interpreter sought in more areas for wrestler

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) – A lawsuit filed on behalf of a deaf high school wrestler from suburban Detroit seeks to allow an American Sign Language interpreter to relay instructions and strategies from more areas near the wrestling area of the mat.

Nyman Turkish PC says it sued the Michigan High School Athletic Association on Thursday in federal court on behalf of Ellis Kempf, a student at Royal Oak High School.

MHSAA spokesman John Johnson says he can’t comment on specifics of the case. He says rules allow an interpreter in the same area as a coach, which typically is limited to a corner of the mat.

Lawyers for the Royal Oak Ravens captain say that’s not fair, since he must look to the interpreter while his opponent can hear a coach shouting guidance.

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