Minnesota wrestlers Steveson, Martinez will not be charged

Gable Steveson gets ready to wrestle at match at the NCAAs (Photo/Mark Beshey, The Guillotine)

University of Minnesota wrestlers Gable Steveson and Dylan Martinez will not be charged in a sexual assault investigation, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who spoke at a news conference on Friday morning.

Freeman cited "inadequate evidence" to prosecute the case.

"There are often conflicting versions of what happened, and this case is no exception," said Freeman. "In the interest of justice, simply, there is inadequate evidence to fairly charge and prosecute this case."

Evidence included police reports, interviews with participants, interviews with the victim, DNA and other forensics.

Freeman also said there is little detail he can provide.

"Here at the Hennepin County Attorney's Office we strongly believe in not revictimizing the victim, so there is little detail I can provide," said Freeman. "We appreciate her bravery in reporting this incident to the police. The police department and this office were able to help her obtain the resources to deal with the trauma from that evening."

As InterMat reported June 18, 2019, Steveson and Martinez had been arrested for allegedly sexually penetrating a victim with an object on Saturday, June 15, according to the Minneapolis police. The reported victim received treatment at the hospital. The St. Paul Police Department released a transcript of the 911 call that came to them Saturday. A male caller told police that his female friend "seems to be sexually assaulted and is not OK. She left with a couple guys and she is absolutely bawling her eyes out and doesn't know what happened ..."

During the 2018-19 season, Steveson compiled a 35-2 overall record for Minnesota as a freshman, and was 17-0 in dual-meet competition. He placed second at the 2019 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, then, two weeks later, became an All-American by placing third in the 285-pound bracket at the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Pittsburgh. For his first-year accomplishments, Gable Steveson was named the team's Most Outstanding Wrestler and Freshman of the Year, and earned Golden Goldy's Rookie of the Year honors.

Prior to enrolling at Minnesota, Steveson was a four-time Minnesota high school state wrestling champion for Apple Valley High School.

Martinez transferred to Minnesota from Fresno City College where he was a two-time California community college champion.


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