School Sued For Wrestling Team Herpes Outbreak

Seventy percent of wrestlers on York College’s wrestling team contracted herpes. Rather than being able to tout themselves as a party school, the school is being sued by three of the wrestlers for failing to take the proper precautions to stop the outbreak.


This is the lede in the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS: “Inside the humid confines of college wrestling practice, grapplers spend hours banging heads, grinding faces into the mat and contorting into uncomfortable positions. They spill a little blood and leave puddles of sweat.” Yup, this reads like a herpes story to me.

But this is no laughing matter (Alright, maybe a little). Rather than follow the NCAA guidelines of sitting infected wrestlers until they can be treated, York allegedly threw three of them back on the mat to infect the rest of their team. Those three have quite the lawsuit on their hands.

One wrestler says he’s afraid people will think he contracted the herpes from a prostitute.

“I feel uncleansed,” said [James] Harris, 23, a former standout wrestler for Winslow Township High School, in Camden County. “There’s a stigma attached to it.”

If you like lawsuits filled with language like “open lesions,” “thick crust of dried pus,” and “tiny, clear, fluid-filled blisters that most often occur on the face,” then this is the lawsuit for you.

Neither Harris nor [Andrew] Bradley have girlfriends at the moment, and both said they dread the thought of divulging their secret - that is, unless an outbreak outs them.

“There’s a lot of anxiety with it,” Harris said. “I don’t even like leaving the house when I have an outbreak.”