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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 8:00 am

An altercation following a wrestling tournament Saturday resulted in an assistant wrestling coach going to jail, another man going to the hospital and two juveniles facing misdemeanor criminal charges.

The arrest was made at approximately 10:30 p.m. as police were dispatched to the scene of a fight at a convenience store in Richfield.

“There were a lot of witnesses to what happened,” said Sgt. Det. Trent Lloyd, Richfield City Police Department.

The incident started when members of the Beaver High School wrestling team got into a verbal altercation with Nathan Pikyavit, 30, Richfield, Lloyd said.

Lloyd said Pikyavit momentarily left, and upon his return, the verbal insults continued until Pikyavit got out of his vehicle, Lloyd said.

“That’s when he got hit,” Lloyd said. According to witness statements given to the police, Keaton David Green, 20, Beaver, struck Pikyavit in the head and face, knocking him unconscious. Green then allegedly continued to kick Pikyavit until members of the wrestling team pulled him away. Green is an assistant coach for the Beaver wrestling team.

Lloyd said alcohol use by Pikyavit might have been a factor in the fight.

Green was arrested and booked into Sevier County Jail for a charge of aggravated assault. Two juvenile males, ages 15 and 17, were cited for disorderly conduct, Lloyd said. Other charges in the case are pending.

Pikyavit was transported to Sevier Valley Medical Center in Richfield for treatment of injuries and later released.

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  • Sheesh posted at 10:41 am on Mon, Feb 17, 2014.

    Sheesh Posts: 95

    It also didn't say he wasn't … but I don't know for sure … do you?

  • Sheesh posted at 10:39 am on Mon, Feb 17, 2014.

    Sheesh Posts: 95

    I totally agree he was in a vehicle … but it didn't say he was driving.

  • chargertom posted at 9:04 pm on Sat, Feb 15, 2014.

    chargertom Posts: 7

    Lloyd said Pikyavit momentarily left, and upon his return, the verbal insults continued until Pikyavit got out of his vehicle, Lloyd said.

    Sounds to me like he was in a vehicle. I don't know which article you read.

  • Sheesh posted at 1:58 pm on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    Sheesh Posts: 95

    To Muleycrazy - although I can see your point of protecting the high school wrestlers, that "protection" was taken care of after the person that was, perhaps, harassing the team was knocked out. Once that had been accomplished, to continue to kick him was the part that, I believe, may have landed the coach in trouble. Also, yes, he left and came back, but who is to say he was driving? I reread the article and don't believe that was a factor.

    I don't believe anyone thinks it was OK for him to harass the high school wrestlers, but once he was unconscious, it should have stopped there.

    A sad situation all the way around.

  • muleycrazy posted at 9:24 am on Wed, Feb 12, 2014.

    muleycrazy Posts: 1

    It sounds like to me a coach was protecting his team from some drunk person harassing the team. Where is the public intoxication for the person who was causing all the problems. It sounds like he was driving in the article when it said the drunk person left and later came back maybe a DUI. Crazy the law protects someone like that! No a coach shouldn't fight to protect his team but sounds like to me he was worried about his team when the guy left and came back after the altercation and had to take matter in his own hands to protect them.


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