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(Neb)-4 CSC Wrestlers Dismissed From Team Over Hazing

By: John Axtell Posted at: 10/06/2017 02:36 AM
CHADRON - The Chadron State College Eagle student newspaper says 4 members of the CSC wrestling team, including 2 defending Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champions, have been dismissed from the squad over a hazing incident that remains under investigation for possible criminal charges.

       The paper identifies the 4 as junior Chance Helmick - defending 174-lb champion and NCAA DII national tournament qualifier last season, Cooper Cogdill - defending heavyweight champion, Cogdill's sophomore brother Willy, and junior Luke Zeiger.

       Head coach Brett Hunter told the paper "we had some team rules that were broken, we handled it internally, and that is all I am going to say right now."

        College President Dr Randy Rhine, who issued an email condemning the hazing incident when word of it broke last month, told the Eagle earlier this week he wouldn't have "any additional comment" until next week.

        Chadron State Director of Institutional Research Malinda Linegar told the paper Wednesday morning that all 4 wrestlers remained enrolled.

        The Eagle described the hazing incident from a short video that it was nearly identical to one posted on Snapchat the evening it occurred and was removed a few hours later. The video reportedly showed a male taking a drink, allowing himself to be punched in the face by Helmick, then raising his arms in celebration to cheers.

       A statement from the college sent to the paper Tuesday from CSC Director of College Relations Alex Helmbrecht says the behavior show "is not tolerated" and violates Chadron State and Nebraska State College System policies, team rules, and the directions of Coach Hunter.

      The statement also cites policy language that "consent of the victim of the hazing will not constitute a defense to an allegation of misconduct for hazing."

      When word of the alleged hazing was first released 3 weeks ago, both the college and Chadron Police Chief Tim Lordino said the police department would conduct an outside criminal investigation. Lordino told The Eagle on Tuesday that the investigation is continuing.


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