Hearing on protective order filed against ex-Oklahoma State wrestler A.J. Ferrari rescheduled

Scott Wright
Oklahoman
A hearing on the protective order filed against former Oklahoma State wrestler A.J. Ferrari was postponed on Monday. It is now set for Sept. 15.

STILLWATER — A hearing on the emergency protective order filed against former Oklahoma State wrestler A.J. Ferrari was postponed on Monday and rescheduled for Sept. 15.

The protective order was filed on July 5 by a Stillwater woman who has accused Ferrari of sexual assault. No charges have been filed against Ferrari, but the Stillwater Police Department has acknowledged that it is investigating the case. 

“Today was set for a hearing,” Ferrari’s attorney, Derek Chance, told the Stillwater News Press on Monday. “That hearing got postponed for us to do discovery and what that means is we want to find out what all (the plaintiff) has to say and what she’s suggesting happened. And we have a process to do that, and the court allowed us to do that.”

Chance issued a statement to the media last week, calling the allegations against Ferrari “false,” adding that Ferrari “is cooperating with law enforcement and is confident the truth will come out.”

According to her handwritten account in the protective order obtained by The Oklahoman, the alleged victim said that after a night out in Stillwater, Ferrari, a family friend, drove her home, entered her residence and eventually began making unwanted sexual advances. She told him to stop multiple times, but he eventually forced his way on top of her, telling her she was “strong and put up a good fight,” according to the protective order.

Ferrari pulled off her shirt, masturbated and ejaculated on her, then fell asleep in her bed, according to the document, in which she states she called the police the next day.

Last Wednesday, OSU released a statement announcing that Ferrari was no longer with the wrestling team. An NCAA champion at 197 pounds as a freshman in 2021, Ferrari was the top-ranked wrestler in the class last season before suffering serious injuries in a January car accident.