Tom Brands suspends a second Iowa wrestler for violation of team rules

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands announced on Wednesday that both Sam Stoll and Vince Turk will be suspended for the season-opening duals against Cal-Bakersfield and Kent State.

"This program holds its wrestlers to a high standard and our team expects everyone to meet those standards," Brands said in a statement announcing the suspensions. "When a student-athlete falls short of those expectations, it is the coach's job to hold them accountable."

Turk and Stoll both are being suspended for violation of team rules.

Iowa's season-opening duals will take place on Nov. 9 in Kent, Ohio.

"Sam and Vince have accepted the consequences of their actions," Brands said. "The infractions were a first for both men, and I am pleased with their response. We are moving forward."

Stoll was shot in the knee in June in what was described as an accidental discharge. He had surgery on June 19 and was released from the hospital on June 20.

Stoll was charged with "false report to public entity" this summer for lying to police after the incident. Stoll said he lied to police to protect the friend who shot him, according to a police complaint from the Iowa City Police Department.

Stoll is an All-American heavyweight for the Hawkeyes. The Kasson, Minnesota, native joined the Iowa program as a heralded recruit after having recorded pins in his final 63 matches in high school.

After redshirting in 2014-15, Stoll joined the starting lineup in 2015-16. A series of knee injuries marred his first couple of years, but this past season, Stoll finished 25-6 and placed fifth at the NCAA Championships. He is 54-14 overall with one year of eligibility remaining.

Both Stoll and Turk qualified for the 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championships, and helped Iowa finish third overall behind Penn State and Ohio State. Stoll earned All-American honors with a fifth-place finish at 285 pounds. Turk wrestled at 141, and went 3-2 to reach the round of 16.