Seventh Wrestler Claims Jim Jordan Knew Of Team Doctor's Sexual Abuse

Clay Curtis
July 10, 2018

So far we are unaware of any wrestlers on these teams which Jordan coached, who have come out in defense of the congressman.

The ethics office could make a referral to the GOP-controlled House Ethics Committee to formally take up the matter.

At first, it was just a handful of former wrestlers making the allegations.

Eisen already has dubbed the case Wrestlegate.

On Monday six former OSU wrestling coaches defended Jordan's character in a statement. Jim Jordan's running out of friends in Washington D.C. right now, the House Freedom Caucus is now refusing to publicly come out and defend him against all these accusations.

"If it is determined that Rep. Jordan is lying to cover up his failure to protect student wrestlers under his supervision from sexual abuses, the House must hold Rep. Jordan accountable for his lies", they conclude. The well-being of student-athletes was all of our concern. "If we had heard of any abuse, we would have spoken up", said the statement from former head coach Russ Hellickson and former assistant coaches Dave Ruckman, Rex Holman, Ken Chertow, Myron Kharchilava and Kenny Ramsey Jr.

Later, after the patient left, Strauss asked Garrett whether he was having any medical issues, to which Garrett responded that he had some heartburn.

Range said Strauss "fondled" members of the team while he was examining them. November is a very short time away at this point and if these accusations keep coming out as more evidence keeps coming out, I think we're going to find out for certain that Jim Jordan knew about this and did absolutely nothing about it because he doesn't care. "It was there. He knew about it because it was an everyday occurrence". He said he could not explain why other more friendly wrestlers had leveled similar charges. Two of those wrestlers - Michael DiSabato and Shawn Dailey - confirmed those reports to The Dispatch. Jordan has denied this as well.

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"I think it tells us that Congressman Jordan is in such a strong position to be the new Speaker of the House", she says, "that's why they must stop him". But as time passed, more people have stepped forward. "No, everybody didn't know".

"I voice my truth, to defend the service of Jim Jordan - including his family - and all that they have given and stood for in this country", the statement said. "I know they do", Jordan said.

"My heart goes out to anyone who was abused in any way But Jim Jordan is a tremendous human being", former OSU wrestler Dan George told the Asbury Park Press. Range was on the OSU wrestling team in the 1980s.

Andy Geiger, a former Ohio State athletic director, said Monday he doesn't recall any complaints during his tenure about a team doctor's alleged sexual misconduct with athletes.

"Our family was shocked and saddened to hear the allegations of misconduct against the late Dr. Richard H. Strauss", the family said in an emailed statement to The Post.

Multiple members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus say they are "uncomfortable" with the scrutiny growing around whether Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of OH turned a blind eye to alleged abuse, but those conservatives are taking a "wait and see" approach for the time being, according to one source Monday who is familiar with their thinking. He has not been available for comment to The Dispatch, but reported being inappropriately groped by Strauss as a wrestler at OSU.

"There's no way unless he's got dementia or something that he's got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State", Coleman told the Wall Street Journal.

However, there is an acknowledgment that some caucus members are skittish about putting their necks on the line without yet knowing the full story of what happened at Ohio State University.

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