KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — The NCAA on Friday announced that it has punished a University of Nebraska at Kearney wrestler for a March incident at the Division II championships in Alabama.
The Division II wrestling committee reprimanded Patrick Martinez and suspended him for eight matches. The university appealed, and an appeals subcommittee also ruled against Martinez.
Martinez used profane language and had a physical altercation with the opposition's coach follow the match in Birmingham, Ala., the NCAA said.
Nebraska-Kearney athletics department spokesman Peter Yazvac said Martinez finished fifth in the tournament, in the 174-pound weight class.
Martinez is a senior who hails from Hemet, Calif. He is expected to practice with the team and be eligible for match or tournament action by mid-January, Yazvac said.
UNK Athletic Director Jon McBride also issued a statement Friday, saying the school is disappointed in the decision but accepts it.
"The student-athlete acted, after a heartbreaking loss, in a regretful way," McBride said in the statement. "We are continuing to try to determine exactly what happened so the behavior can be used as a 'teachable opportunity' for our student-athletes."
Any further discipline of Martinez will be handled by the university's athletic administration. Yazvac would not say what that might entail.
A public phone listing for Martinez could not be found.
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