Assault charges for high school wrestler
A two-time Maryland high school wrestling champion facing first-degree assault charges will be tried as an adult, The Baltimore Sun reports.
James Patrick Downey III of Linthicum is charged with assaulting a man in a parking lot near M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore in November 2009. Downey was 17 at the time of the incident. He is 18 now.
Downey, who went undefeated as a wrestler for three years at two different schools, named an academic all-state wrestler, and played quarterback part of this year's football season, was being recruited by several colleges for both sports.
He and a former wrestling teammate also have been charged with assaulting two Navy football players at a Baltimore nightclub in June 2010. In September, Downey and two other teens, were charged with assaulting and robbing a 16-year-old who tried to sell Downey marijuana, according to charging documents.
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