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High school wrestler killed in crash

March 16, 2009 3:30:26 PM PDT
A highly-regarded high school wrestler was killed and six other teens hurt when the car they were in struck a utility pole and overturned in Ocean County over the weekend. Toms River police say 17-year-old Anthony Casselli of Roselle Park, a passenger in the vehicle driven by another 17-year-old, died Sunday afternoon at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. Casselli had competed in the state wrestling championships earlier this month, reaching the pre-quarterfinals round.

It's not clear what caused the crash, which occurred at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the southbound lanes of Route 35 and shut down the roadway for several hours.

At least one other teen remained hospitalized Sunday night, but further details on the teens' injuries were not immediately available.

Authorities say all seven victims were from Roselle Park and ranged in age from 14 to 18.


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