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.