Dad charged with assault after tackling student who was wrestling his son

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — A high school wrestling match turned ugly when a parent rushed and tackled a Southeast Guilford High School student wrestler during the match. 

In a video sent to WFMY News 2 by a viewer, two students are wrestling when one – the Southeast student – brings down the other on the mat. As the referee makes a call, one father runs to the floor, tackling the Southeast wrestler to the ground.

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Kannapolis Police have identified the man as Barry Lee Jones of Harrisburg, arresting and charging him with simple assault and disorderly conduct on Saturday, January 18. 

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Officers say the Southeast student was wrestling Jones’ son – a Hickory Ridge High School athlete.

Police say the Southeast student-athlete was not hurt during the incident.

A second video obtained by WFMY News 2 shows the aftermath of the hit – as several parents jumped in to break up the incident, pinning Jones to the floor.

Barry Lee Jones tackles wrestler at high school match

Barry Lee Jones tackles wrestler at high school match

Barry Lee Jones

Kannapolis Police

Monday night, the Southeast Guilford Wrestling program released an apology letter from Hickory Ridge High School:

Good afternoon and Happy New Year, We have some last minute changes … as our tournament was cancelled for tomorrow. Varsity will travel to Dudley HS for the Crosby Tournament and the JV team will head over to Eastern Guilford for a tournament. Both Tournaments will begin at 9am.


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