A former University of Iowa wrestler with a history of run-ins with law enforcement has been charged with domestic abuse.
Montell T. Marion, 24, of 2888 Coral Court No. 304 in Coralville, was a three-time letter winner at Iowa and a runner up at last year’s NCAA Championships at 141 pounds.
According to Coralville Police, officers responded to 2888 Coral Court No. 304 at 1:33 p.m. Tuesday for a report of domestic assault. Officers spoke to the victim who said Marion picked her up on his shoulders and slammed her into the fireplace, according to the criminal complaint. The victim complained of a headache as a result, the complaint said.
Marion denied the events and told police he had a video of the events, however the video ended while the couple was arguing, according to the complaint. The victim told police that she and Marion have been in an on-and-off relationship and she had spent the previous night at his residence, according to the complaint.
Marion was charged with domestic abuse assault without intent causing injury. He remained in the Johnson County Jail this morning on a $1,000 cash only bond.
Marion was dismissed from the Iowa wrestling team in May 2010 after being arrested for drunken driving in Iowa City on May 4, 2010. He was granted permission to transfer to another school, but stayed in Iowa City and petitioned to be reinstated to the team, which later was granted by the UI Athletic Department and coach Tom Brands.
He was an All-American wrestler during the 2011-12 season, placing second at 141 pounds at the NCAA Championships. He went undefeated in Carver-Hawkeye Arena his final season and posted a 30-4 record.
According to online court records, Marion pleaded guilty to public intoxication in 2008. He also was charged in Polk County with willful injury, a class D felony, in 2005, but the charge was withdrawn and transferred to juvenile court, according to court records.