East Lansing – Former Michigan State wrestler Austin Franco has been charged with sexual assault and is no longer a member of the Spartans’ wrestling program.
According to 54B District Court records, Franco, 20, has been charged with two counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct stemming from an incident on campus on March 17. The first count alleges force and coercion while the second count alleges the victim was incapacitated.
Franco’s profile has been taken down on Michigan State’s athletics website and Matt Larson, the associate athletic director for communications, confirmed Franco is not a member of the wrestling team. As a freshman in 2018-19, records show Franco compiled a 4-10 overall record in the 125-pound weight class. The native of Dowagiac, Mich., was a state champion for Niles High in 2018.
Franco was scheduled to be back in court on Friday for a pre-examination conference.