College wrestler shot in hunting accident said to be ‘in good spirits’

College wrestler shot in hunting accident said to be ‘in good spirits’

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College wrestler shot in hunting accident said to be ‘in good spirits’

Donovan Benetti, a freshman wrestler at Drury University in Missouri, is recovering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen suffered Saturday during a hunting accident in Phelps County.

Drury Wrestling has been posting updates on Facebook and on Monday stated: “Donovan is fully awake from yesterday’s surgery. The doctor has removed the breathing tube and he is now breathing on his own. Donovan is communicating positively and is surrounded by family and friends!”

An earlier post stated that Benetti had been flirting with nurses, to show that he was “in good spirits.” Family, friends, coaches, and teammates have been frequent visitors.

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His injury is serious, however. Drury Wrestling states that he’s likely to require another surgery, and that he’s expected to remain hospitalized for about two weeks.

The Associated Press reports that three Missouri hunters were killed earlier this month in separate accidental shootings during opening weekend of the state’s firearms deer-hunting season, which ends Tuesday.

–Images showing Donovan Benetti (second from left in top image) are courtesy of Drury Wrestling

 

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