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Top-Ranked Penn State Wrestler Ed Ruth Charged with DUI

Two-time National Champion wrestler Ed Ruth has been charged with a DUI stemming from an incident a few weeks ago. Police wrote that the 23-year-old Ruth had a blood-alcohol content of 0.281 percent, which is more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to the Centre Daily Times.

The incident occurred at about 2 a.m. Nov. 13 on East College Avenue. Ruth was apparently trying to park his car in front of Taco Bell when his vehicle struck a tree and ended up on the curb, police wrote.

He was charged with two misdemeanors related to the November incident. Online court records show one of the counts is for driving with a blood-alcohol content higher than 0.16 and the other is for general impairment while driving.

His preliminary hearing for the DUI charges will be held January 8 at the Centre County courthouse in Bellefonte, according to online court records.

These charges reveal most likely why Ruth was suspended for the entire first month of the season. At the time, head coach Cael Sanderson said Ruth violated team rules.

The three-time All American wrestler apologized for his actions in a prepared statement to the media at a press conference Nov. 19. Neither he nor coaches gave details as to the incident behind the suspension.

“Sorry about what happened,” Ruth said. “Me and the coaches are working, and I’m just trying to stay focused about everything and kind of preparing myself for whenever I can get back on the mat. It’s up to them. I’m still kind of out of the loop at this point.”

The earliest Ruth could compete again would be the Dec. 15 dual against Ohio State. This means he will miss the highly anticipated home dual against Pitt on Dec. 8. at the Bryce Jordan Center. He has, however, continued to practice during the period of suspension.

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Jessica Tully

Jessica Tully is a first-year law student at Penn State's Dickinson School of Law. She graduated in May 2014 with degrees in journalism and political science.

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