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Missouri wrestler Kyle Bradley suspended indefinitely from mat program

Missouri's Kyle Bradley (on top) in action
Missouri's Kyle Bradley (on top) in actionBig12Sports

University of Missouri wrestling has suspended 157-pound starter Kyle Bradley from the team indefinitely, the program’s official website reported Friday.

The one-paragraph announcement, inserted towards the end of an article previewing Missouri’s then-upcoming dual meet with Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (which the Tigers won, 40-0, Saturday), opened with, “Senior Kyle Bradley has been suspended indefinitely from the team for violating Mizzou athletic department policy.”

The statement did not elaborate as to how Bradley violated the policies of the school’s athletic department.

The Mizzou matman has not posted any statements on his Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Colleges are prohibited by federal law – FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act – from releasing personally identifiable information derived from education records, including information regarding student disciplinary matters.

Sometimes this information is revealed by sources other than the college. For instance, in the case of Penn State’s Ed Ruth, the school initially did not reveal why the two-time NCAA champ had been suspended for 30 days back in mid-November, other than to say he had broken team rules. However, the actual reason behind the suspension was revealed weeks later when State College, Pa. police charged the Nittany Lion 184-pounder with driving while intoxicated at 2 a.m.; hours after the incident, his suspension was announced. Just last week, Ruth was accepted into an alternative sentence program that allows him to avoid jail time or fines – and have the violation cleared from his record -- if he complies with program requirements.

Bradley has compiled a 14-4 record this season, placing eighth at the 2014 Southern Scuffle tournament at Chattanooga early this month. The St. Peters, Mo. native is a three-time NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships qualifier, and three-time conference runner-up, placing second at the 2011 and 2012 Big 12 championships, and at the 2013 Mid-American Conference championships.

Bradley has found success on the mat despite dealing with a rare eye disease, X-linked retinoschisis, which severely limits his vision.

"It's like having a pair of binoculars and not being able to focus in all the way," Bradley told KOMU in a November 2012 interview.

In the same article, Missouri head wrestling coach Brian Smith described Bradley as being legally blind, but then followed up with, “He's never let it bother him. That's the great thing about it. You would never know. He's out there wrestling and in public and you don't realize it."

In April 2012, Bradley was announced as the recipient of the Wilma Rudolph Award from the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics, an annual award which honors student athletes who have overcome great personal, academic, and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics.

Want to know more? Check out Kyle Bradley’s bio at the Missouri Tiger wrestling website… read the KOMU profile… and watch a 2012 University of Missouri video which explains his affliction.

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