Three University of Iowa wrestlers arrested, suspended

Burglary charges pending for several burglaries in Marion area

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MARION — Burglary charges are pending against three University of Iowa wrestlers arrested on alcohol-related charges last week.

Marion Police Lt. Scott Elam said officers were called out to Hunters Ridge around 1 a.m. Wednesday for a theft-in-progress call. Officers were given the description of a suspect vehicle, which matched a vehicle seen in the area.

Police said the vehicle was driven by Ross Lembeck of Lisbon. His passengers were Seth Gross of Apple Valley, Minn., and Logan Ryan of Bettendorf. All are 19 and are freshmen.

The three wrestlers were charged with possessing alcohol under the legal age. Lembeck was charged with drunken driving. Gross was charged with interference with official acts because he fought with officers, police said. Ryan was cited and released.

Elam said the wrestlers had in their possession items, including clothing and a briefcase, that are believed to have been taken during several burglaries. He said the police department took seven burglary reports.

While exact charges haven’t been determined yet, Elam said the three are facing some combination of charges of second-degree burglary and burglary from a vehicle.

Second-degree burglary as a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

All three wrestlers were red-shirt competitors this season. Gross and Ryan each wrestled at 141 pounds, and Lembeck wrestled at 157.

Ryan had the most success, going 22-6 with seven major decisions and two pins. Gross went 12-4 and Lembeck went 7-4.

Lembeck is a 2014 Linn-Mar graduate who went 19-1 at 152 pounds, placing third at the state tournament.

In a prepared statement announcing their suspension, Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands said he was still learning the facts of the arrests.

“I am extremely disappointed with the decision-making of these three young men,” he said.

Gazette reporter KJ Pilcher contributed to this report.

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