Wrestling standout from Baltimore dismissed from Iowa State team

Patrick Downey III was a Maryland state champion but has struggled to stay out of trouble.

Patrick Downey III, a former Maryland state high school wrestling champion who earned All-American honors last season at Iowa State, has been dismissed from the Cyclones’ program for what coach Kevin Jackson called “repeated violations of team rules.”

A redshirt junior who began his Division I career at Nebraska after being a junior college All-American, Downey was undefeated this season and ranked No. 10 in the country at 184 pounds. Jackson said in a statement that Downey will not participate in either the Big 12 or NCAA championships.

It is the latest misstep for Downey, who spent his high school career at three different Baltimore-area schools. He was kicked out of Mount Saint Joseph after his freshman year, and was undefeated as a sophomore at Loch Raven and as a junior at North County.

Downey, 23, lost his high school eligibility to wrestle in Maryland during his senior year because of trouble off the mat. He spent a week in a Baltimore jail when he was still in high school after pleading guilty to two second-degree charges.

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