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Austin Sikorski of the University of Minnesota Duluth football team.

Investigation continues into stabbing of UMD football player

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DULUTH -- Austin Sikorski was expected to be a top player in his senior season for the University of Minnesota Duluth football team, but now he is recovering after being stabbed in a fight.

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Sikorski, 22, a running back for the Bulldogs, was stabbed in the lower abdomen early Saturday in downtown Duluth. He was admitted to St. Luke’s hospital after Duluth police responded to a fight just before 2 a.m. Saturday on West Superior Street near Lake Avenue, Jim Hansen, a spokesman for the Duluth Police Department, said Sunday.

A male suspect was identified as “a person of interest” in the incident, Hansen said Sunday, but no arrests had yet been made and the case remained under investigation.

Sikorski, from Plover, Wis., was the leading rusher for the Bulldogs last season and last month he was named a USA College Football Division II Preseason All-American going into his senior season.

Sikorski was listed in stable condition on Sunday night, police said. St. Luke’s hospital confirmed Monday that Sikorski was a patient there, but declined to provide an update on his condition at the request of Sikorski or his family.

Meanwhile, the university issued a statement Monday morning on the situation involving Sikorski.

“We are aware of incident involving a UMD student and are in the process of gathering details, our primary concern at this time is for his well-being,” the statement read. “The matter is being handled by the Duluth Police Department.”

UMD football coach Curt Wiese declined to comment on the situation beyond the statement issued by the university.

The UMD football team is scheduled to play its first game of the season on Sept. 6.

 
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