Iowa dismisses 3 wrestlers facing burglary charges
IOWA CITY, Ia. — University of Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands has kicked three redshirt freshmen off the team after prosecutors filed additional charges relating to a series of vehicle break-ins.
Brands issued a one-sentence statement Monday afternoon, saying that Seth Gross, Ross Lembeck and Logan Ryan are no longer members of the team.
The three were arrested on alcohol-related charges March 18 in Marion after officers responded to a call for a theft in progress in the Hunters Ridge neighborhood. Police said at the time that burglary and theft charges were pending. Brands had previously suspended all three wrestlers indefinitely on March 23.
The Linn County Attorney's office has since filed two counts of felony third-degree burglary against the student-athletes, according to online court records. The men also face seven counts of misdemeanor third-degree burglary, two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony and one count of conspiracy to commit an aggravated misdemeanor.
Lembeck, 19, of Lisbon, was previously charged with drunken driving and possession of alcohol under the legal age. Gross, 19, of Apple Valley, Minn., was charged with open container, possession of alcohol under the legal age and interference with official acts. Ryan, 19, was charged with possession of alcohol under the legal age.
Gross and Ryan were expected to contend for Iowa's starting job at 141 pounds next season.
Gross was a three-time freestyle national champion and a three-time Minnesota state high school champion at traditional power Apple Valley. He compiled a 12-4 record while competing unattached this past season as a true freshman, and he won the Maryville Kaufman Brand Open.
Ryan was two-time state champion for Bettendorf, and he compiled a 22-6 record while competing unattached this past season as a true freshman.
Lembeck was a four-time state medalist at Linn-Mar. He went 7-4 in open competition at 157 pounds this past season as a true freshman competing unattached.