Gophers wrestler arrested

Sarah Mitchell

Minneapolis police arrested Gophers wrestler Mike Cuperus early Sunday morning on charges of third-degree assault, according to police reports.
While he has not yet been charged, Cuperus was detained for allegedly punching a University student outside the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house at 1711 University Ave. S.E.
The victim, 20-year-old College of Liberal Arts junior Don Johnson, declined to comment on the incident until he spoke with police. But he did say he plans to press charges.
Johnson, a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, suffered a possible broken nose. Shortly after the incident, the report states, Johnson positively identified Cuperus, who was found several blocks away.
Chad Erikson, Cuperus’ teammate, said he didn’t see the incident.
“I heard there was a confrontation between those guys,” said Erikson. “There was a beer can thrown and when (Cuperus) walked away the cops were called. I heard there were no punches thrown.”
Gophers wrestling coach J Robinson said he had just become aware of the situation Monday, and would wait until the facts are known to consider any disciplinary action.
“Any type of behavior such as that alleged is not indicative of our programs and totally unacceptable,” Robinson said.
Cuperus will remain in custody until noon today, jail officials said.