Iowa's Sam Stoll suspended for season opener at Kent State
Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands delivered some good news and some bad news regarding Sam Stoll earlier this week.
Brands was the guest speaker Monday at the Grid Club in Davenport, and told OurQuadCities.com that Stoll — Iowa's All-American heavyweight — is healthy, but will be suspended for the Hawkeyes' season-opening competition at Kent State.
"He's moving forward," Brands told the website. "The worst is behind him, the best ahead of him. He will be suspended that first date that we have, when we go to Kent State. We'll wrestle two duals there, so he will sit for that."
The Hawkeyes open the 2018-19 season on Nov. 9 at Kent State, where they'll wrestle the Golden Flashes and Cal-State Bakersfield. In Stoll's place could very well be backup heavyweight Aaron Costello or Steven Holloway, who's previously filled in at both 197 and heavyweight.
Stoll was charged with "false report to public entity" this summer for lying to police after sustaining a gunshot wound in June. Stoll said he lied to police to protect the friend who shot him, according to a police complaint from the Iowa City Police Department. He underwent surgery on his knee on June 19 and was released from the hospital June 20.
Last March, Stoll finished fifth at the 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championships, capping his junior season with a 25-6 overall record. The Kasson, Minnesota, native boasts a 54-14 overall record as a Hawkeye with one year of eligibility remaining.
Brands also told OurQuadCities.com that junior Michael Kemerer will in fact move up to 174 pounds for the 2018-19 season. Kemerer wrestled at 157 during his first two seasons with the program, compiling a 60-6 overall record and twice earning All-American honors.
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.