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CDO wrestler, father involved in fight at tournament could face charges

Posted: 3:39 PM, Mar 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-13 22:06:17Z
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TUCSON, Ariz. — A wrestler from Canyon Del Oro High School and his father could soon be facing charges over a fight that broke out during a tournament in Safford last month.

One of the men is Michael Buda Jr. Safford Police say they're recommending he be charged of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and interfering with the peaceful conduct of an educational institution.

The other is Michael Buda Sr. Police are recommending he be charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with the peaceful conduct of an educational institution.

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The fight took place during a match between Salpointe Catholic High School and Canyon del Oro High School at a sectional meet at Safford High School on Feb. 2.

Video of the incident provided by Gila Valley Central appears to show a disgruntled wrestler who had been disqualified from a match attacking an adult after a match.

Police say officers were dispatched to the school at 3:30 p.m. to investigate the fight.

Officers say CDO wrestler Michael Buda, 18, tackled a Salpointe coach. Members of both teams tried to restrain Buda. His father, also named Michael Buda -- age 39 -- came down from the stands, crossed a barrier and came to the mat in an aggressive manner. Others restrained him as well.