NCAA Suspends UNK Wrestler

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The NCAA has punished a University of Nebraska at Kearney wrestler for an incident at the Division II championships in March.

The Division II wrestling committee reprimanded senior Patrick Martinez and suspended him for eight matches. The university appealed to the appeals subcommittee, which also ruled against Martinez.

The NCAA says Martinez used profane language and had a physical altercation with the opposition's coach follow the match in Birmingham, Alabama.

Nebraska-Kearney athletics department spokesman Peter Yazvak said Friday that Martinez finished fifth in the tournament in the 174-pound weight class. Yazvak said Martinez is expected to practice with the team and be eligible for match or tournament action by mid-January.

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