AJ Ferrari, an NCAA wrestling champion from Oklahoma State University, is no longer with the team, the school confirmed after police announced he had been charged with sexual assault.
A Wednesday statement from the Stillwater Police Department said officers responded to a report of sexual assault on July 2.
“The suspect in the case has been identified as Albert Jame Ferrari Jr,” the statement said.
The case is under investigation, police said.
An Oklahoma State University spokesperson told NBC News that Ferrari is “no longer with the program.”
Ferrari was the 2021 NCAA champion in the 197-pound weight class. He has signed a name, image and likeness to World Wrestling Entertainment as part of the “Next In Line” program.
Ferrari’s attorney, Derek Chance, said “the allegations against AJ are false.”
In a statement to The Oklahoman, added Chance: “It’s unfortunate that a student-athlete can become a target, especially because of his status as a top athlete. AJ teams up with the police and is confident the truth will come out. He appreciated his time at Oklahoma State, but he and the university agreed that a change was appropriate.”
A representative for the wrestler did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News on Thursday.
Ferrari’s resignation from the team comes months after he was involved in a car accident that resulted in late-season injuries. He and Isai Rodriguez of Oklahoma state were returning to Stillwater after performing at a youth wrestling practice in nearby Cushing, when Ferrari attempted to pass three cars while climbing a hill in a transit zone, according to the state patrol.
Ferrari suffered head and leg injuries when its 2019 Dodge Durango collided with another vehicle, ran off the road, rolled and ended up in a ditch.
Rodriguez’s injuries were minor, according to… The Oklahoman†
Juliette Arcodia contributed†