South Shore: Bridgewater-Raynham wrestling season cut short amid hazing allegations

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They were supposed to have a big league championship meet on Monday, but the season has ended abruptly for the powerhouse Bridgewater-Raynham wrestling team, as its coach defends himself against accusations of hazing.

District officials have suspended the season and at least one of the team captains, and head coach Jeff Francis has been fired.

The allegations surfaced late last week and Bridgewater police say they’re investigating an apparent incident that happened during a team practice.

Neither police nor the school are confirming reports that wrestlers who lost their matches during recent meets were hit with brooms or towels by team-mates.

Parents and former Bridgewater-Raynham wrestlers are wondering why no details have been released.

Francis says he has hired a lawyer.

The Trojans have won 21 league championships in the wrestling program’s 35 year history.

The team is ranked 15th in the state this year.


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