UPDATE: Spencer Wrestler Collapses and Dies Following Match on Saturday

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Spencer, Iowa — Classes are open and on-schedule today at Spencer High School after the weekend death of 18-year old Spencer Tiger wrestler Austin Roberts, who collapsed during a tournament at Spencer Saturday.

Spencer School Superintendent Terry Hemann says grief counselors are at the school today for students who may need help coping with their classmate’s death.

Hemann says his staff is going to monitor what students need, whether that means a regular class or just closing the books, closing the computers and talking about the situation.  He said it’s really going to depend on what the kids need.

Meanwhile, Clay County Medical Examiner, Dr. David Robison, has released the following statement:  “Due to the recent tragic death of Austin Roberts, Clay County medical examiner Dr. David Robison has turned the case over to the state medical examiner’s office.”

Dr. Robison says his preliminary investigation points to a natural cause of death, but an autopsy and laboratory analysis will be performed to determine the official cause of death. Once determined, he says, results of the investigation will be released to the family. Roberts died Saturday evening at the Spencer Municipal Hospital.


Spencer Iowa — A Spencer High School wrestler has died after collapsing at a tournament Saturday hosted by Spencer. Austin Roberts died Saturday night after being taken to the Spencer Hospital.

Roberts, who was 18 years old wrestled at 220-pounds for the Tigers and was ranked sixth individually in the state in Class 3A. He was a state qualifier who placed eighth in the state tournament last year.

A 6-4 senior, Roberts also was a two-way lineman on the Spencer football team this fall.

School officials are offering grief counseling at the Spencer High School.