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Wrestler charged with assault, will likely miss state tourney

Jared Felkins • Feb 18, 2016 at 12:00 PM

A Wilson Central senior wrestler likely won’t get his shot at a state title Thursday after Wilson County school resource officers charged him with assault two days prior.

Nicholas Ryan King, 18, of Mt. Juliet, was charged with assault Tuesday at Wilson Central High School.

According to SRO supervisor Lt. Scott Moore, King was involved in a fight with a sophomore in the hallway Tuesday, which led to the charge.

Moore said video surveillance cameras recorded the incident. He said King and the victim bumped into one another in the hallway.

According to Moore, the two continued in opposite directions before King turned around, went back to the victim and hit him. The victim’s name wasn’t released due to his age.

Moore said at one point, King used a wrestling move to take the victim to the ground.

SROs took King to Wilson County Jail, where he was booked in at 12:04 p.m. He was released about an hour and a half later.

Wilson Central wrestling coach John Kramer called the incident unfortunate.

“He’s been in our program for seven years, and it’s unfortunate he’s not going to be able to finish due to this altercation,” Kramer said.

Both Wilson Central principal Travis Mayfield and Wilson County Schools spokesperson Amelia Hipps would not confirm whether King would be allowed to participate in the state wrestling championships, citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The federal law protects the privacy of students and includes disciplinary action.

According to Wilson County Schools board policy, however, it’s likely King was suspended from school since violence is an offense punishable by suspension. Board policy also states students cannot participate in athletics while suspended.

On Wednesday evening, King remained on the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association bracket to face Riverdale junior Nathan Potter in the 132-pound class in the state wrestling championships Thursday at 3 p.m. in Franklin.

King has a 52-6 record this season. He’s a three-time region champion and went 3-2 in the state tournament as a sophomore and 4-2 as a junior. King is individually ranked No. 6 in the state in the 132-pound weight class by pin-tn.com.

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