UI wrestler faces assault charge

A redshirt senior on the University of Iowa wrestling team working as a bouncer was arrested and was charged with allegedly assaulting a man, punching him in the face while removing him from DC's bar in September.

According to an Iowa City Police report, a man approached officers at 7:50 p.m. Sept. 13 and reported he had been assaulted at DC's bar, 124 S. Dubuque St. The man gave the officers the name "Jeremy Fahler" as the man who had hit him. The man said that while he was being kicked out of the bar the man punched him twice in the face, breaking his nose, according to the complaint. The man was admitted into the hospital and treated for a fractured nasal bone, according to the report.

Police went and spoke with Fahler, 23, who admitted to removing the man from the bar but denied hitting him.

"I'm a big guy, 6 foot, 195. I wrestle here," Fahler allegedly told police according to the complaint. "If I were to break a kid's nose, I'm pretty sure there would be blood, and I'm pretty sure my hand would be messed up."

Police arrested Fahler on Saturday morning and booked him into the jail at 3:46 a.m. He was charged with assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor, and bond was set at $2,500, according to online jail records. Fahler was charged and released at 11:35 a.m. that same day.

The Iowa wrestling website lists Fahler as a redshirt senior out of Deerfield, Ill.