The University Record, January 14, 1998
U-M wrestlers will no longer be allowed to use rubber suits and other vapor-impermeable coverings. File photo by Bob Kalmbach
By Jane R. Elgass
A task force convened following the death in December of wrestler Jeff Reese has made seven recommendations to promote wrestling safety.
Reese collapsed and died Dec. 9 while trying to lose weight for a match the next day. He was wearing a rubber suit in a superheated room while engaging in strenuous exercise.
Washtenaw County Chief Medical Examiner ruled Reese's death accidental, and Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Mackie found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the 21-year-old athlete's death.
"We established the task force to focus on how we can make the sport safer," said Athletic Director Tom Goss in late December. "With these recommendations, we have come up with steps we will implement immediately. We wanted to do this quickly to make sure something was in place before our student-athletes return to competition."
The seven recommendations are: