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University of Iowa heavyweight Sam Stoll shot in the knee

Stoll shooting characterized as 'accident'

(File photo) Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands stops Sam Stoll as he leaves the mat after being pinned by Maryland's
(File photo) Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands stops Sam Stoll as he leaves the mat after being pinned by Maryland’s Youssif Hermida in a 285 pound match during the second round of the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, March 15, 2018. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa’s nationally-ranked All-American heavyweight wrestler Sam Stoll is recovering from a gunshot wound to the knee after an accidental shooting at an Iowa City residence early Tuesday.

Officers responded to UI Hospitals and Clinics at 4:37 a.m. on a report of a gunshot victim, and a preliminary investigation revealed several people were at a home on Valley Avenue when someone discharged a firearm. The discharge “accidentally” hit Stoll in the knee, according to a UI police news release.

Stoll, 22, is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Iowa City police Sgt. Derek Frank told The Gazette the person who fired the gun was someone other than Stoll. He said officers haven’t decided yet on whether to file charges, as the investigation is ongoing.

He didn’t provide details about the circumstances under which the shooting occurred.

Stoll, of Minnesota, ended his high school career with a national record of 63 consecutive pins, and then redshirted at Iowa — ending the season with an 18-5 record while competing unattached, according to his athlete profile on the UI wrestling website.

In the season that just ended, Stoll earned All-American designation by placing fifth at heavyweight in the NCAA Championships. He placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships, and won at the Midlands Championships. He posted a 25-6 overall record.

A senior-to-be, Stoll is a top returner and a key contributor in Iowa’s quest for a national team title.

A statement from the UI Athletics Department provided to The Gazette on Tuesday indicates, “We are aware of the situation involving Sam Stoll and are currently gathering additional information at this time.”

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