STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — NCAA National Champion wrestler A.J. Ferrari is no longer a member of the Oklahoma State University Wrestling Team, after a sexual assault allegation was made against him. His attorney, however, says the allegations are “false.”
OSU announced Wednesday that wrestler Ferrari is no longer with the program.
The Stillwater Police Department issued a news alert Tuesday afternoon, announcing that “Albert James Ferrari Jr.” is the suspect in a sexual assault investigation.
Stillwater police responded on Saturday, July 2 to a reported sexual assault.
“The case is currently under investigation by our Criminal Investigation’s Unit. SPD is committed to thoroughly investigating these cases,” police officials said. “Once the investigation is complete the case will be submitted to the Payne County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of filing charges.”
Ferrari’s attorney Derek Chance issued a statement to KFOR, saying the allegations against Ferrari are untrue.
“The allegations against AJ are false.
It is unfortunate that a student athlete can become a target, primarily because of their status as an elite athlete. AJ is cooperating with law enforcement and is confident the truth will come out. He appreciated his time at Okla State, but he and the University mutually agreed a change was appropriate.”Derek Chance, Attorney
Ferrari was the NCAA champion in the 197-pound weight class in 2021 and injured in a January accident.
Payne County, Okla., court records show a judge granted a woman a protective order against Ferrari last week.
Ferrari has signed an NIL deal with World Wrestling Entertainment. He was U.S. Junior National Champion in 2020.