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Rabbit hunting puts Iowa wrestlers in hot water

Connor Ryan Connor Ryan
Alex Meyer Alex Meyer

Two freshman University of Iowa wrestlers have been suspended from the team indefinitely after they were caught illegally hunting rabbits on Wednesday morning.

David Visin, Associate Director for the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety, says their department received a report of a man on campus with a gun late Tuesday night in the area of Hillcrest Hall, but a search of the area turned up empty.

Visin says a residence hall security officer saw two men in Hillcrest Hall, one matched the description given to the department earlier of the man with a gun.

The men were identified as Connor Ryan and Alex Meyer, two freshman on the Iowa wrestling team.

Visin says they found air rifles, rabbit pelts and other body parts in the room.  The weapons were confiscated.

Ryan and Meyer were cited for discharging toy guns or slingshots and early or late shooting.  Meyer was also cited for not having a hunting license.  They were not taken to jail.

UI Athletics Director Gary Barta released a statement saying that Ryan and Meyer have been suspended indefinitely and will work through the steps outlined in the University of Iowa Code of Student Life and the UI Athletics Department Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.

Ryan is from Bettendorf and Meyer is from Pleasant Hill.

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