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.