Devin Peterson, who has verballly committed to wrestle at the University of Wisconsin in 2012 — along with a fellow Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School wrestler accused of sexually harrassing a teammate last season — have been benched from their school’s football team for the opening game, according to the Wausau Daily Herald Wednesday.
What’s more, the entire wrestling team — ranked tenth in InterMat’s Fab 50 national team rankings and defending Wisconsin state team champions — will not be allowed to participate in two national high school mat tournaments this coming season. Furthermore, Lincoln school administrators have instructed all coaches to increase supervision of athletes in locker rooms.
Peterson, Lubeck to sit out first football game: Devin Peterson and Rylan Lubeck, two of four Lincoln High School wrestlers who face disorderly conduct charges for alleged action in the locker room, will not play in the school’s Friday football opener at Hudson, head football coach Tony Biolo said. No reason for the benching was reported.
Both players were all-Wisconsin Valley Conference selections last season when the Raiders finished 7-4 and advanced to the Division 1 Level 2 playoffs.
Two other wrestlers — Kasey Einerson and Zachary Benitz — who have been charged with disorderly misconduct against a 15-year-old teammate are not on the football team.
Peterson, who will be starting his senior season at Lincoln, has made a verbal commitment to wrestle for the Wisconsin Badgers in 2012.
A trial date for the four accused wrestlers has not been set. School officials would not disclose if any additional punishments have been placed on the accused.
Wrestling team withdraws from two national tournaments: While all four of the accused wrestlers will be permitted to compete this season, the entire team is being penalized by not competing in two events, the Wausau Daily Herald reported Thursday.
The Raiders will not be participating at The Clash-National High School Wrestling Duals and Cheesehead Wrestling tournaments, two nationally-recognized competitions that draw wrestling teams from throughout the nation.
However, the wrestling team will participate in the Wisconsin Valley Conference contests, and, any wrestlers that qualify for the WIAA state tournament will be allowed to compete.
Administration urges stricter supervision in locker room: Lincoln High principal Ryan Christianson said he and athletic director Bill Vickroy have talked to all of the school’s coaches about the importance of supervising athletes, according to the Wausau Daily Herald Thursday.
“In addition, we plan to put together an investigative committee to analyze the situation and generate updated exceptions on policies regarding supervision of athletes by our coaching staff,” Christianson said.
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