Iowa HS wrestler dies: Spencer Wrestler Dies

Published: December 21, 2015

Iowa HS wrestler dies: Spencer Wrestler Dies, A Spencer, Iowa high school wrestler died after collapsing at the Tigers’ home invitational on Saturday.

Spencer Community Schools superintendent Terry Hemann said that senior Austin Roberts collapsed during the championship match of the 220-pound weight division at the Spencer Invitational on Saturday, as he and his opponent were walking back to the center of the mat.

Spencer Hospital officials confirmed that Roberts passed away at the hospital on Saturday night.

Roberts placed eighth at the Class 2A state tournament last year. He was ranked sixth in Class 3A this season.

A youth wrestling tournament (preschool through eighth grade) scheduled for Sunday in Spencer has been canceled.

A crisis team was meeting at Spencer High school on Sunday, offering grief counseling for students and faculty.

The Spencer Tailtwisters have set up a GoFundMe site to help with Roberts’ medical and funeral expenses.

Hemann says that school will be in session on Monday.

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