Agency: No evidence Iowa, Iowa St. games fixed

Agency: No evidence Iowa, Iowa St. games fixed
Agency: No evidence Iowa, Iowa St. games fixed

One of the state agencies involved in the ongoing investigation of alleged sports wagering violations by Iowa and Iowa State athletes announced Thursday no evidence had been discovered to suggest the outcome of any contest involving the schools was affected by gambling interests.

A total of seven current or former athletes at the two schools were criminally charged this week, notably ISU quarterback Hunter Dekkers and ex-Iowa basketball player Ahron Ulis.

All seven are charged with tampering with records, and all are suspected of placing bets on contests involving their own schools. Four are alleged to have wagered on games involving their own teams.

Dodge Sauser and former player Eyioma Uwazurike, ISU wrestler Paniro Johnson, Iowa baseball player Gehrig Christensen and Iowa football player Aaron Blom.

Uwazurike is accused of wagering on two games in which he played in 2021, the 27-21 loss to Iowa and 59-7 win over Kansas. He was drafted by Denver in 2022 and suspended indefinitely by the NFL for betting on Broncos games during his rookie season.

Dekkers is suspected of wagering on the 2021 Iowa State-Oklahoma State football game. Dekkers was the backup quarterback and did not play in the Cyclones’ 24-21 win.

Sauser, an offensive lineman, allegedly wagered on the Cyclones’ 2022 football games against Ohio, West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. He did not appear in any of the games.

One of Blom’s bets included the 2021 Iowa-Iowa State football game, according to the complaint. The bet Blom placed on the rivalry game was an over-under wager, which requires the bettor to choose whether the teams will combine for more or less than a designated combined point total. The over-under for the game was 45 points, and the total was 44. Blom, who did not participate in the game, chose the under, according to the complaint.


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