Drury wrestler shot, wounded in hunting accident
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Freshman Drury University wrestler Donovan Benetti has been shot in the abdomen in a hunting accident.
University athletics spokesman Ed Beach says Benetti was flown to a Columbia hospital after he was wounded Saturday morning in Phelps County. Drury wrestling said in a Facebook post that Benetti has undergone one surgery and will likely need another. But the post says the Nixa High School graduate has a “really good prognosis” and is “extremely positive and strong.”
Three other hunters were killed earlier this month in separate accidental shootings during the opening weekend of Missouri’s firearms deer hunting season. They’ve been identified as 52-year-old Randy Reising, of Arnold, 70-year-old Charles Bark, of Marengo, Illinois, and 24-year-old Justin Atchison, who was an assistant football and baseball coach at Willard High School.