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UPDATE: Wisconsin Rapids wrestler charged with felony pleads not guilty


The Wisconsin Rapids wrestler charged with felony stalking will stand trial.

On Tuesday, a judge found that there was enough evidence to charge Rylan Lubeck.

Lubeck pleaded not guilty to the charges during his arraignment, also Tuesday.
During a court appearance the alleged victim testified Lubeck repeatedly danced around the locker room naked, touching his genitals to his face on more than one occasion.  The alleged victim also told the court Lubeck locked him inside a locker on more than once.
The defense argued Lubeck did not intentionally single any wrestler out, and his behavior was all part of locker room horseplay that the alleged victim also took part it.
But, prosecutors said Lubeck did know his behavior was harmful to the victim and caused him severe emotional distress.
After hearing both sides, the judge decided to send Lubeck to trial. Lubeck then pleaded not guilty to the felony stalking charge. 

This all comes after Lubeck and three other wrestlers were charged with disorderly conduct for a locker room incident involving another wrestler.

The other three pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge earlier last month. When Lubeck pleaded not guilty, his misdemeanor was replaced with the felony stalking charge.
Lubeck's trial is slated to begin on May 22nd with jury selection starting May 21st.  Court officials say the jury will be chosen from outside of Wood County. The trial is slated to last four days. 

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