2 Northern Illinois wrestlers suspended after IC fight

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 08, 2010 7:30 AM

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Northern Illinois University wrestling coach Dave Grant suspended a pair of wrestlers indefinitely after they were allegedly involved in a fight last month in Iowa City.

Northern Illinois junior Brad Dieckhaus, 21, and sophomore Mason True, 20, were charged Feb. 27 with assault causing bodily injury. True was also charged with public intoxication.

According to reports, Dieckhaus and True left University of Iowa sophomore Trent James with a bloody nose and mouth, along with extreme bruising to the face, after a fight on Dubuque Street.
James, who reportedly suffered a broken nose, was punched several times and kicked in the face when he was on the ground, police said.

Dieckhaus allegedly threw the first punch, and True, who had slurred speech and the odor of alcohol, kicked James’ face, according to reports.

The DeKalb Daily Chronicle reported the suspensions. True will miss this weekend’s MAC wrestling championships. Dieckhaus has not wrestled this year because of an injury.

Assault causing bodily injury is a serious misdemeanor generally punishable by up to a year in prison and a maximum fine of up to $1,875.

— by Jordan Fries

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