IOWA CITY, Iowa - University of Iowa freshmen wrestlers Connor Ryan and Alex Meyer were arrested Tuesday night and charged with illegally hunting rabbits on the UI campus because they wanted to make hats.
According to a news release from UI Athletics Department, Ryan and Meyer will be suspended indefinitely until their case is addressed according to the Code of Student Life and Athletics Department Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.
UI Police documents show Ryan and Meyer were arrested Tuesday after a security officer spotted two males near the nursing building using BB guns and air rifles. The officer later found rabbit skins in Meyer's dorm room in Hillcrest Residence Hall.
Meyer and Ryan both competed at Lindenwood's Joe Parisi Open on Saturday. Meyer placed sixth at 174 pounds, posting a 4-3 record. Ryan did not place, finishing 3-2.
Meyer, 18, from Pleasant Hill, was a three-time state medalist and a state champion last year for Southeast Polk. He was the 170-pound state champion in Class 3A in February. He finished fifth as a junior and sixth as a sophomore.
Ryan, 18, was a four-time state runner-up at Bettendorf. He finished second at 138 pounds in February, losing to Des Moines Roosevelt's four-time state champion John Meeks, who is at Iowa State University. He was runner-up at 125, 112 and 103 the previous three seasons, finishing behind current Hawkeye teammate Cory Clark.
Read the release below.
STATEMENT FROM THE UI ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT
ON WRESTLERS CONNOR RYAN AND ALEX MEYER
Freshmen Connor Ryan and Alex Meyer, both members of the UI wrestling team, were arrested last night by UI Police for illegally hunting rabbits on the University of Iowa campus with BB and air rifles.
Both student-athletes have been suspended indefinitely. They will now work through the processes outlined in the University of Iowa Code of Student Life and the UI Athletics Department Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.
No other information is available at this time and no further comment will be made until a definitive outcome is realized.