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Student wrestler, 20, dies after trainers ignored his desperate pleas for water

Grant Brace, 20, a student at the University of Cumberland in Kentucky, USA, died of heat stroke after coaches didn’t allow him to drink water because of his poor exercise performance

According to a police report, Grant Brace died of heat stroke
According to a police report, Grant Brace died of heat stroke

A varsity wrestler who called out “get me water” in desperation but was denied him by coaches because of his poor performance died of heat stroke, a police report said.

Grant Brace, 20, a student at the University of Cumberland in Kentucky, was not given water by his trainers as punishment for his training, it turns out.

He had to repeatedly sprint up a 200-foot “punishment hill” on a hot day, and after requesting it, he wasn’t allowed to have a drink because he was lagging behind his fellow trainers.

“Guys, I need water. Get me some water,” the 20-year-old pleaded on the first day of wrestling conditioning at the University of the Cumberlands on Aug. 31, 2020, Local112.com reported.

Even when he appeared to be speaking incoherently and was jerking, he was still being denied water, local police witnesses in Williamsburg, Kentucky, reported.






The trainers have been accused of refusing to give Mr Brace water

Then, two hours after the end of training, Mr Brace was found on the ground, collapsing in his own vomit and medical officials said he had died of heat stroke.

Police are believed to have interviewed more than 40 members of the wrestling team during the investigation into Mr Brace’s death.

It was noted that after falling behind during sprints and taking a breather, Mr Brace was told by coaches to “get off the hill and clean out his locker”.

He reportedly went into the dressing room and then returned and said he wanted to continue.

“Some witnesses describe a lot of verbal abuse from the coaches and even teammates as Grant continued trying to sprint up the hill,” Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said Local112.com.

“Witnesses describe a brief team meeting on the hill after the sprints when Grant was holding onto a small branch and swaying back and forth saying, ‘I can’t stand.'”

After practice, Mr Brace lay on the gym mat begging for water and while a team-mate tried to cool him down with ice, a coach stopped him because of his poor performance, the report said.

At this point, he began to become incoherent and twitch before exiting the gym. Two hours later he was found on all fours covered in vomit.

“When you have heat stroke, your core temperature rises above 40 degrees,” national heat expert Bud Cooper told Local112.com.

“Usually people lose consciousness when they have heat stroke. And again you can choose them. You will start seeing them. They lose their ability to continue an activity. You will be lethargic. You will no longer be able to communicate.”

Mr Brace’s family are taking legal action against the school, claiming the coaches failed to protect Mr Brace’s health and safety, it is reported, while police continue to investigate what happened.

Jordan Countryman and Jake Sinkovics are charged with gross negligence, willful infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress, sources said.

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