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York College suspends wrestling over hazing allegations

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

Hazing was once considered tradition on college campuses.

"I know it's not tolerated but it definitely does happen," York College junior Tyler Kennerson said.

But now it's a serious offense.

"It's definitely an understanding among all students that it's not tolerated and if it is found out about it will not go unheard of and you will be punished for it," junior Ray Spencer said.

Spencer is a student-athlete and was shocked to hear that York College suspended its wrestling program.

"I know a few kids on the wrestling team. I didn't think of them as hazers, but I know it does happen," Spencer said.

Information about the team's alleged hazing was brought to the college's attention via an anonymous email.

"We are looking into incidents that were reported that include physical abuse or physical assault of underclassmen who are members of the wrestling team," college spokeswoman Mary Dolheimer said.

The team can't practice or participate in meets until the investigation is over. Some say it's an overreaction, but York College says it's necessary.

"The seriousness of the allegations did cause us to act swiftly and in a rather aggressive manner," Dolheimer said.

Meanwhile, fellow students hope the wrestling season isn't ruined.

"It's definitely rough for them. I feel bad for them," Spencer said.

"It's an unfortunate event that happened," Kennerson said.

The investigation is ongoing. The college is trying to find out whether the alleged hazing took place and to what extent. The wrestling team's match this weekend has been canceled.


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