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Coach turns self in voluntarily

By Phil Helsel

An Ohio wrestling coach who had been accused of child endangerment and hazing turned himself into police on Friday, an official said.

Bart Freidenberg, 58, was wanted by police in the city of Franklin on charges of child endangerment and hazing, Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman said in an email.

The charges were related to an alleged incident in June 2018 when the Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team, which Freidenberg coached, was renting school facilities in Franklin before leaving for a wrestling tour on the West Coast, police said Monday in a statement.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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