Sam Stoll, Vince Turk suspended for season-opener for roles in summer shooting
A pair of Iowa wrestlers have officially been suspended for the team’s season-opening dual for their roles in a shooting this summer.
Head coach Tom Brands on Wednesday officially announced the suspensions for Sam Stoll and Vince Turk. Each will miss the team’s first dual of 2018-19 at Kent State on Nov. 9. Brands said in a statement each has accepted the consequences of their actions, the infractions were a first for each wrestler, and he’s very pleased with their response.
While the university’s statement doesn’t specifically mention the shooting, Stoll, Turk, and fellow wrestler Dan Murphy were each involved in the police investigation. Stoll suffered a gunshot wound to his leg early the morning of June 19, later undergoing minor surgery.
Stoll was charged with False Report to a Public Entity ten days later after police say he told them multiple lies about how he was shot. Initially, police say, Stoll claimed he shot himself, then changed his story to being shot while playing a prank on a friend.
Police say that was also a lie and they eventually learned he was shot while at a Valley Avenue apartment.
Stoll eventually agreed to a plea deal, pleading guilty to Disorderly Conduct and paying a $150 fine. The senior heavyweight, a two-time NCAA qualifier and one-time All-American, is expected to be healthy for the start of the season.
Turk is a junior who went 15-10 last season at 141 pounds, finishing fifth at the Big Ten Tournament and qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. Neither he nor Murphy, a sophomore with limited varsity experience, were charged in the shooting.