Pa. mayor apologizes after tournament ejection

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BETHLEHEM (AP) – An eastern Pennsylvania mayor apologized following his ejection from a high school wrestling tournament after criticizing calls made by mat officials.


The Express-Times of Easton reported Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan said he could have handled the situation better no matter how he felt about Saturday night’s calls during the 220-pound championship match of the District 11 Class AAA wrestling tournament.


Callahan’s son John, who wrestles for Freedom High School, earlier placed fourth in the 195-pound weight class.


Referee Dennis Buchman said in a joint statement with the mayor Monday that he accepts the apology and the matter had been blown out of proportion. A district official said Buchman had no idea who Callahan was.


Callahan is a second-term mayor running for Northampton County executive.


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