Star Utah wrestler charged with rape, suspended from UVU team
(KUTV) — A standout student athlete at Utah Valley University has been suspended now that he’s charged with rape.
Dayton Racer, 22, is a wrestler in his first season with UVU. Court documents obtained by 2News reveal that a woman reported the rape from a hospital in June, saying it happened at the Bonanza Campout Music Festival near Heber City.
The woman said she went into Racer’s tent. A police officer wrote: “She stated that she had told him multiple times that she was not there for anything sexual just to have fun. She told me (that they) did some Molly’s and drank alcohol. She told me that the next thing she remembered was waking up in the tent in the morning, she was laying on her side. She said that her pants and panties were pulled down...”
The woman went on to say that Racer was raping her from behind.
Racer, who’s a junior, has moved from state to state for his wrestling career. He is a Junior College National Champ and studying to become a veterinarian, according to his Twitter bio.
Multiple messages left for Racer through family members, on social media and at his home were not returned. His attorney Susanne Gustin said Racer claims he is innocent, adding: “We intend to prove that he’s innocent in this case.”
UVU wrestling coach Greg Williams referred questions to Scott Trotter, university spokesman.
“We can confirm that Dayton Racer is currently a student at Utah Valley University and became a member of the UVU Wrestling Team at the beginning of Fall semester 2018,” Trotter wrote.
Trotter later added that Racer was suspended from the team following the rape charge but said he could not comment any further, citing federal privacy laws.
The Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the case, had not responded to requests for comment as of Tuesday evening. Neither had Samuel Case Wade, the deputy county attorney who is prosecuting the case.
Racer’s first court appearance is set for Nov. 7.
Before UVU, Racer was on wrestling teams at Iowa Central Community College and Clackamas Community College in Oregon.