All-stars wrestling coach accused of ignoring hazing

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FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP) — A youth wrestling coach in Ohio has been charged after investigators say he knew about hazing among teammates and didn’t stop it.

Police in Franklin said Monday that the hazing involved members of the Ohio All-Stars Wrestling Team. The team includes wrestlers from Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania who are in fifth grade through high school.

Authorities say the hazing took place last summer during a practice before the team left for a West Coast trip.

Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman says a 14-year-old boy was assaulted during the hazing.

Police say the team’s coach, 58-year-old Bart Freidenberg of Pickerington, has been charged with child endangering and hazing.

Freidenberg declined to comment and referred questions to his attorney who also declined to comment.

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