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A wrestler in North Dakota who was accused of biting an opponent, costing him an expected berth in the state tournament this week, apparently is taking his case to court.

As reported by the WDAZ-TV, Red River (Grand Forks, N.D.) wrestler Sean Murphy was disqualified during regionals after the referee ruled that the sophomore bit his counterpart. Murphy was leading 8-2 in the third period of the first-round match when the call was made.

The opposing wrestler from Fargo-Davies (Fargo, N.D.0 had a small scratch on his arm, which Murphy and Red River coaches contend was caused when the wrestler's arm rubbed against Murphy's braces. Murphy reportedly had lost his mouthpiece after he was cross-faced by his opponent.

Murphy's family has written a letter to the North Dakota High School Activities Association to explain the situation and even enlisted the expertise of a forensic pathologist from the University of North Dakota. According to the television report, the pathologist said the mark did not come from a bite.

However, since the governing body does not have an appeal process for such a situation, Murphy's only recourse might come in court.

"We'll see whether or not Sean will wrestle in Bismarck on Thursday. That's up to perhaps a court to decide," Eric Murphy, Sean's father, said in the television report. "We just want to take the wrong and make it right, that's all we're asking."

The North Dakota state wrestling tournament is scheduled to start Thursday in Bismarck.