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The four player suspensions will be a substantial blow to Minnesota's squad for the first few months of the year. At 125, Lizak, A two-time Pennsylvania state champion, is coming off a strong redshirt year and is the projected starter as is Early. Early and Thorn both won Fargo Junior titles while in high school. Thorn was an NCAA qualifier a year ago and was ranked in the top 15 for much of the year. He is currently ranked ninth at 141 pounds. Krone was the 165 starter last year for Minnesota, but he did not qualify for NCAAs.
These suspensions come on the heels of the termination of longtime Gophers head coach J Robinson on September 7. When allegations of drug abuse and distribution of Xanax among Gopher wrestlers came to light in May, Robinson refused to implicate the affected athletes. This unwillingness to cooperate with Minnesota personnel ultimately cost Robinson his job.
FloWrestling has been able to confirm through other sources that these suspensions are related to the Xanax ring that permeated through the Minnesota wrestling team.
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