Is this a serious question? The Hawkeyes have wrestlers doing way worse than smiling and those are supposed to be the wrestlers they aspire to be like right? It will get worse.
Yes, it's serious. Yes, my boy aspires to be like the Hawkeye wrestlers. Yes, the Hawkeye wrestlers do way worse than smile.
It will get way worse... K.
If your boy was being smashed... on his back at state, and his opponent lifted his head and smiled for the camera, would you be offended or see it as unsportsmanlike? Would you be indifferent? What if your entire extended family was in the stands on that side of the arena?
Wouldn't bother me. I tell my sons that crying on the mat is unsportsmanlike and disrespectful. I hope to see them smile during the matches. It's supposed to be fun for them. I dont see a problem with it as long as its smiling. Pushing on someone or running their mouth after the match or on the podium now that's a different story.
First off all I think any definition of "unsportsmanlike" varies greatly from person to person and trying to make a cut-and-dried definition of unsportsmanlike usually results in misapplication where it was never intended. Throwing a headgear is unsportsmanline, but I've seen situations where a wrestler who absentmindedly tosses their headgear towards a chair as they are walking off the mat get penalized for "throwing a headgear" - did they technically "throw a headgear"? Yeah, maybe, but not in an unsportsmanlike fashion. Similarly, I think there's a huge "it depends" that goes along with smiling for the camera. The age/experience of the wrestler, the skills gap between opponents, the type of smile (length, duration, how obvious it was made to all that he was taking time out of the match for the display). Lot's of criteria that would be literally impossible to put into definition but there's a "you know it when you see it" aspect.
I would also add that even if this is viewed as unsportsmanlike, I think it's a situation that should never, ever result in a penalty point. I've seen too many refs who are like the security guard who always wanted to be a cop and think it's their job to show how in-control they are.
I have seen my son wrestle kids that turned him to burger. He would come off the mat banged up, bloody and sometimes teary eyed. When he gets a kid that he is able to beat I'd like to think he earned the opportunity to smile during a match. I even have a couple pictures of him flashing me one while pinning kids. It is not malicious. He is having a good time and not once did I think it was unsportsmanlike. These kids work so hard and if they crack a smile in a match at Mom and Dad or anyone for that matter, GREAT! Those are the moments that will keep them going. To the kids on the bottom, keep working and battling and you will be on top smiling before you know it!