A traditional, ceremonial handshake at the end of an Iowa high school basketball game turned violent Wednesday night when one player sucker-punched another.
The game was won by Nevada High School 72-47 over in-state rivals Carlisle.
The two teams lined up to shake hands and congratulate each other on a 'good game' afterwards when one Carlisle player punched a Nevada player twice.
After a punch to the stomach and a punch to the face, the Nevada player fell to the floor.
A teammate was able to wrestle the offending Carlisle player to the ground with players from both teams attempting to de-escalate the situation.
A traditional, ceremonial handshake at the end of an Iowa high school basketball game turned violent Wednesday night
A player on the losing Carlisle team (white shirts) sucker punches a player for rival Nevada in the stomach and then the face
The Nevada player suffered a concussion and needed four stitches
The Carlisle player was eventually charged with willful injury
The Carlisle player, 17, was charged Wednesday with willful injury, a class C felony.
Authorities said the victim 'received a serious enough concussion to render him unconscious.' He also sustained a cut, requiring four stitches.
A Carlisle student told a local TV station that the victim had said something during the game that the attacker 'didn't like.'
Nevada superintendent Dr. Steve Gray said that the victim is currently 'doing okay.'
'It's a very unfortunate situation,' he added. 'I'm happy they deescalated it. I thought our coaches and staff handled it well and got everyone out of there without it worsening.'
His counterpart in Carlisle, Bryce Amos, was critical of his student-athlete.
Players on both sides attempted to de-escalate things after the sucker punches
'This is without question an unfortunate incident that is not representative of the school culture that exists in Carlisle Community School District,' Amos said.
'I want to make it clear that this type of conduct is not tolerated at Carlisle CSD,' he added. 'The district will follow the student code of conduct policy and procedures throughout the investigation of this incident and implement appropriate consequences.