The organization that oversees high schools sports in Massachusetts warned athletes today about a man trying to recruit athletes to wrestle in hotels around the state.


A person who goes by the name “Manny Whelan” on Facebook is offering male athletes money to lure them to compete in an “underground wrestling club” in local hotels, said Nathan Bonneau, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. The group said the boys should beware because the man does not appear to represent an actual sports team or organization and could be trying to prey on the athletes.

The individual has been reaching out to the boys via Facebook message for at least two years, the warning said. He may also be trying to lure other athletes, not just wrestlers, officials said.

The MIAA sent an e-mail to schools across Massachusetts after multiple boys mentioned the messages from Whelan to coaches and athletic directors, Bonneau said.

Anyone with information should contact local police or the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at (978) 451-3550.