COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — An Ohio State wrestler was accused of hitting and strangling a woman until she passed out in court documents filed Monday.
The woman woke up and walked to her hair appointment before the police were called, the documents say.
Sophomore wrestler Anthony Echemendia-Orduna was charged Monday in Franklin County Municipal Court with felonious assault in an incident that took place in the 100 block of East Livingston Avenue.
The complaint alleged that Echemendia-Orduna struck the woman several times and strangled her at their home. The woman told police that the couple was arguing over money when he got angry and began hitting her on the head. When she covered herself for protection, he grabbed her by the neck with both hands, court documents said.
The complaint said the woman woke up leaning on the bed. Officers said they observed abrasions on her neck.
Echemendia-Orduna is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday, Nov. 12.
Echemendia-Orduna is from Cuba and went to high school in Tuscon, Arizona, according to his Ohio State biography. As a freshman, he went 4-1 before a knee injury cut his season short, and before this season, he was ranked as the 24th-best wrestler in his weight class. Ohio State’s wrestling program has produced multiple national champions, as recently as 2018, and is the eighth-ranked team nationally this season.
An Ohio State spokesperson said the university is aware of the situation, but had no further comment.