None of us likes to lose. Some of us take it harder than others. It can be especially painful when it's someone you love who's on the losing end of a wrestling match ... and you feel your offspring has been disrespected in the process.
Just ask Stacey Micheel, 40, of the tiny town of Dunning, Neb. who may have taken fatherly pride a bit too far.
Micheel was arrested Saturday, Feb. 13 during the Nebraska District D-3 wrestling championships at Cambridge High School in south-central Nebraska. The Furnas County Sheriff's Office said Micheel assaulted a 17-year-old wrestler that had just competed against his son by slamming him to the ground in the hallway. The incident was reportedly witnessed by one individual, and captured on a school surveillance camera.
Micheel told investigators the winning wrestler was "talking crap" about his son.
Micheel was arrested and jailed for felony child abuse. In addition Micheel was also arrested for an outstanding warrant from Custer County. A Furnas County judge set bond in the amount of $7,500. Micheel has since paid the 10 percent bond and is out of jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 22.
In Nebraska, child abuse is a Class 3A felony that is punishable by up to three years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.
The younger Micheel may have lost his match, but the Sandhills/Thedford High wrestler still managed to place third in the 126-pound weight class at Districts, which earned him a ticket to compete at the 2016 Nebraska high school state wrestling championships at CenturyLink Center in Omaha this weekend.