Gophers wrestlers Gable Steveson and Dylan Martinez will not be charged in a sexual assault investigation, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
Steveson and Martinez were arrested in June on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct. They were released from jail without being charged, but the investigation remained open. Few details have been released in order to protect the victim, according to Freeman. He did say the Minneapolis sex crimes unit conducted a "very thorough" and "complete" investigation.
"In the interest of justice, there is inadequate evidence to fairly charge and prosecute this case," he said in a Friday press conference announcing the decision.
While it was unclear whether Martinez had representation, Steveson's attorney, Christa Groshek, was vocal in saying her client maintained his innocence. Following their June arrest, Steveson and Martinez were suspended from all team activities. With Friday's decision, the University issued a statement declaring both athletes eligible to return to team activities.
"We became aware today of the Hennepin County Attorney's decision to bring no charges against two of our student-athletes. In accordance with our Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, we have decided to lift the suspension of the student-athletes involved. They are immediately eligible to rejoin team activities," the statement read.
Steveson is currently prepping for the Olympic trials and had already been allowed to practice with the team, according to the Star Tribune. He's coming off a freshman season in which he totaled a 35-2 record that included 30 consecutive wins, four falls and eight technical falls.