The University of Northern Iowa announced Thursday that 133-pound NCAA qualifier Joe Colon was dismissed from the wrestling team.
In a news release from UNI, Panthers Coach Doug Schwab said Colon failed to meet the standards of his student-athletes. Schwab said Colon needs to focus on areas outside of wrestling. He also left the door open for a possible return for the former NJCAA national champion at Iowa Central.
“Joe had previously been suspended during the fall semester as a result of not fulfilling the social and academic obligations of a student-athlete at the University of Northern Iowa,” Schwab said in the news release. “Subsequently, Joe failed to honor the conditions he agreed to in order to be eligible for reinstatement as a student-athlete.
“The standard of excellence we demand in the wrestling room extends to every aspect of a student-athlete’s life. The most important thing for Joe right now is to commit himself outside of wrestling the same way he committed to wrestling. If that happens, we would welcome Joe back for his senior season.”
Colon, a two-time Iowa prep state champion at Clear Lake, had a record of 27-4, advancing to the national quarterfinals and finished a win away from all-America status.