Charges against state wrestling champ to be dropped

Posted at: 05/02/2013 6:03 PM
Updated at: 05/02/2013 11:03 PM
By: Chris Ramirez

Charges against a high school state-wrestling champion accused of slapping a fellow student and stealing his money will be dropped.

Rio Grande student Nick Chavez was in court Thursday morning to learn that Judge Daniel Ramcyzk agreed to dismiss the case so long as Chavez does not get into any legal trouble within the next three months.

The alleged victim in the case wrote a letter that was read in court. He stated that we was okay with the case being dismissed, but was surprised that students and adults at Rio Grande encouraged him to lie about what happened, so that Chavez could continue to compete in the state wrestling championship.  

"I didn't do anything to him, how could I?” the alleged victim wrote in the letter. “He outweighs me by 100 pounds. There is no doubt in my mind that if Deputy Chapa hadn't been there to step in, I never would have gotten my money back. This is money I needed that day to sign up for an AP exam and one of those times that I just couldn't let it go. But that being said, Nick and I are ok.  We were once friends and I don't want anything bad to happen to him. I can get over it. I hope he can too. But what is a lot harder for me to get over and a lot harder for me to forget is how almost everyone else acted when Nick stole from me and did what he did in front of dozens of people in the cafeteria lounge. I got dozens of phone calls and tweets from people telling me I should lie about what happened so that Nick could be allowed to wrestle in the State Tournament."

After the reading of the letter, Chavez responded by saying he was sorry that he and the alleged victim haven’t been friends.

"I'm absolutely blown away by the letter,” Judge Ramczyk said.  “I think there is a lot of wisdom and a lot of hurt in that letter.”

Listen to entire letter being read: