Deal allows interpreter to get closer to deaf wrestler
December 14, 2015
Royal Oak — A deaf high school wrestler has won the right to use a sign-language interpreter more extensively during his matches.
According to the Nyman Turkish law firm in Southfield, which represented Ellis Kempf, “the MHSAA rewrote its rules about interpreters for deaf or hard of hearing wrestlers, allowing them full 360 access around the mat at all matches, provided they don’t interfere with wrestlers, coaches, referees or scoring officials.”
Kempf, 18, who wrestles in the 152-pound weight class for the Royal Oak Ravens, had filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Detroit two weeks ago against the Michigan High School Athletic Association, arguing he needed the interpreter to relay instructions from his coach.