DelVal wrestlers and coach cleared medically after Las Vegas incident

Dec 21, 2015

A driver hit a group of pedestrians on a crowded sidewalk in Las Vegas last night. The Delaware Valley University community was affected by this senseless act; fortunately everyone from the DelVal group has been cleared medically and will return to campus tomorrow.

The University's wrestling team traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the Desert Duals tournament. The car struck five DelVal student-athletes and the University’s Director of Athletics and head wrestling coach, Steve Cantrell, as they were on their way to a movie after working out. 

Fortunately, all of the students and Cantrell have been released from the hospital and are expected to make full recoveries. In the wake of this tragedy, Cantrell has decided to pull the team from today’s competition.

“We need to feel blessed. The way our students acted at the scene and the way they were caring for everyone was amazing,” said Cantrell. “I called the tournament director and said, ‘it doesn’t make sense to focus on wrestling today.’ They have gone through something emotional and they are processing what they witnessed.”

The DelVal students are recovering emotionally from this ordeal and will be arriving back to campus tomorrow. Cantrell is working with a counselor in Las Vegas to provide support for the students and the University will continue to provide counseling services to the students who were affected when they come home.

“The University is thankful that Steve and our student-athletes were not more seriously injured,” said Dr. April Vari, DelVal’s vice president for student affairs. “Please keep all involved in the incident in your thoughts and prayers.”

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