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State Athletic Officials Issue Student-Athlete Safety Advisory


FRANKLIN, Mass. (WGGB) — The Mass. Interscholastic Athletic Association has issued a alert about a person soliciting student-athletes for an “underground wrestling club.”

A person – going by the name “Manny Whelan” – has been trying to contact Mass. athletes via Facebook.

According to the MIAA, he is offering local student-athletes money to “compete” in an “underground wrestling club” that is held in local hotels.

It’s believed that “Whelan” has been in contact with male student-athletes for at least two years.

The MIAA has asked coaches in all sports – not just wrestling – to check with their athletes and let parents know.

If you have any information, you’re asked to contact the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at (978) 451-3550.

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