Wrestler who collapsed at state duals heads home

DES MOINES – A high school wrestler from southwest Iowa who collapsed at the state duals tournament has been released from a Des Moines hospital.

Spokesman Gregg Lagan for Mercy Medical Center said Sunday night that Creston/Orient-Macksburg student Tayler Pettit is heading home.

Pettit’s parents said in a statement released by Lagan that Tayler complained of a shortness of breath after his second match Wednesday. He then collapsed, experienced seizures and went into cardiac arrest.

Scott and Melissa Pettit said in the statement that doctors found Tayler has a previously unknown condition in which an extra electrical pathway in his heart caused a rapid heart rate.

Their statement said Tayler underwent a procedure to correct the pathway and is expected to make a full recovery.