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University waiting to rule on wrestler Marion

[ 2 ] December 17, 2011 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. Iowa wrestler Montell Marion, who was arrested Friday for driving while barred, had not faced any repercussions from the university as of Saturday night, athletic director Gary Barta said.

“At this time there’s no change in his status,” Barta said.

Marion, the nation’s top-ranked 141-pounder, was booked at the Johnson County jail at 7 p.m. Friday and released after the booking process was complete.

“I’m aware of the situation with Montell,” Barta said. “I don’t have all the information yet. I know it’s driving without a license. We’ll handle it according to the student-athlete code.”

Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands could not be reached for comment.

Marion was reinstated to the team last January after a May 2010 drunken driving arrest led to his dismissal.

Fred Mims, Iowa’s associate athletic director for student services and compliance, said Saturday that the university will see if the arrest will lead to sanctions.

“All we know now is it’s a traffic violation, and we’ll wait to see the outcome,” Mims said.

“He was previously sanctioned under the university code. We’ll see where this falls under the code and whether it warrants any other sanction. Right now, it’s just a traffic violation.”

Del Marion, Montell’s father, said Friday night that the incident stemmed from a misunderstanding.

“It was something where we had no idea (his license was suspended),” Del Marion said.

According to court records, Marion was cited for speeding in July and pleaded not guilty to the offense.

However, court records show Marion did not appear at his Oct. 6 bench trial date and he was convicted of speeding and fined $135.

Category: Wrestling

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