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Former NCAA Wrestling Champion A.J. Ferrari Charged with Felony Sexual Battery

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVAugust 4, 2022

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Warning: This article contains graphic allegations of sexual assaut.

Former Oklahoma State wrestler A.J. Ferrari was charged with felony sexual battery Wednesday and a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to Scott Wright of the Oklahoman.

In July, Oklahoma dismissed Ferrari, the 2021 national champion in the 197-pound weight class, in the days following a woman telling police Ferrari sexually assaulted her at her home in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Per Wright, the woman said Ferrari drove her home following a night out. He allegedly entered her home and eventually "forced his way on top of" her after she told him to stop. He then allegedly told the woman she was "strong and put up a good fight" before he took her shirt off, masturbated and ejaculated on her and fell asleep on her bed.

The woman also filed for an emergency protective order, and that case will be heard Sept. 15.

Wright provided a statement from Derek Chance, an attorney for Ferrari: "The Ferrari Family is disappointed by the State’s decision to file this charge. We remain confident that through the legal process, A.J. Jr. will be exonerated, as he is innocent and the facts will no doubt prove it."

In addition to winning a national championship, Ferrari was also one of 15 college athletes who signed a name, image and likeness deal with WWE in December.

The company's "Next in Line" program is intended to "provide a clear pathway from college athletics to WWE through collaborative partnerships with college athletes from diverse athletic backgrounds."

WWE has yet to comment on the allegations against Ferrari.

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