Spencer Wrestler Died of Heart Defect

March 11, 2016

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(AP) THE IOWA MEDIAL EXAMINER’S OFFICE HAS CONCLUDED THAT THE DEATH OF A SPENCER HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLER WHO COLLAPSED AT A DECEMBER MATCH WAS LIKELY CAUSED BY A CONGENITAL HEART DEFECT.  THE MEDICAL EXAMINER’S OFFICE ALSO LISTED “PROBABLE DEHYDRATION” AND “OTHER SIGNIFICANCE” IN THE DEATH OF 18 YEAR OLD AUSTIN ROBERTS.  THE MANNER OF HIS DEATH WILL BE CERTIFIED AS NATURAL CAUSES.  ROBERTS, AT 220 POUNDS, COLLAPSED AT A TOURNAMENT DECEMBER 19TH IN SPENCER AFTER TAKING AN INJURY TIME OUT WHEN HE COULDN’T CATCH HIS BREATH.  HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL LATER THAT DAY.  HE WAS RANKED SIXTH IN THE STATE IN CLASS 3A AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH.