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Wrestlers sue - claim abuse ignored

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Four former Ohio State University varsity wrestlers sued the school claiming its athletic doctor sexually abused them and others over 20 years and the school failed to stop it.

The lawsuit claims the university ignored abusive behavior by the late Dr. Richard Strauss and said coaches and higher-level officials were aware of his abuse.

“The rampant sexual abuse and culture of sexual abuse was reported to Ohio State administrators and to the head of the athletic department,” the complaint said. “But these officials turned a blind eye to the abuse.”

Ohio State said it was aware of the lawsuit and was reviewing the allegations.