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Wrestler's dad allowed to attend matches at rival school in area adjacent from gym

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A Pennsylvania man who sued to overturn a ban that kept him from attending his son's high school wrestling tournaments at a rival school has come to an agreement with this district.

Liberty High School in Bethlehem sent Ken Fenstermacher a letter barring him from its gymnasium for unspecified "offensive behavior" during a Feb. 2 match.

On Thursday the Bethlehem Area School District and Fenstermacher came to an agreement that will allow him to watch his son compete from an area adjacent to the gym.

Liberty is set to host an individual district tournament starting Friday, and the Northeast Regional Tournament on March 3. Fenstermacher's son, K.J., is a senior wrestler from Northampton Area High School, but previously attended Liberty and wrestled in grades 9-11.

Fenstermacher had a harassment charge dismissed after he apologized for allegedly shoving a Bethlehem Catholic coach in 2014, while his son wrestled for Liberty.


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