Banned Pa. dad can watch son wrestle, just not in gym

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  • A banned Pennsylvania wrestling father has reached a settlement.
  • The father had been banned from seeing his son wrestle at Liberty High School.
  • It's uncertain if the father will now be able to watch his son wrestle at Liberty.
  • Details of the deal were not released. The father had been banned for poor behavior.

A parent banned from Liberty High School due to bad behavior will be allowed to watch his son’s wrestling championship matches from a room adjacent to the gym.

The settlement between Kevin Fenstermacher and the Bethlehem Area School District was disclosed at 2:30 p.m. Thursday by the district solicitor.

It came more than three hours after a hearing that had been set in Northampton County Court was called off.

Fenstermacher was banned from future events at Liberty High School due to his behavior at the PIAA Class AAA District 11 team wrestling championships on Feb. 2.

The 42-year-old Allen Township man sued on Tuesday asking for permission to see his son, K.J. Fenstermacher, wrestle in upcoming championship matches for Northampton Area High School. He sought to have a judge intervene and allow him access.

“The agreement satisfies Bethlehem Area School District’s concerns for the participants and spectators and allows Mr. Fenstermacher to watch his son compete in the wrestling events at Liberty High School in an area adjacent to the gym,” said the joint statement from solicitor Donald Spry and Fenstermacher attorney Victor Scomillio.

School district staff and members of the community saw Fenstermacher “displaying inappropriate and offensive behavior towards Liberty High School students,” Liberty Principal Harrison Bailey III wrote in a letter to Fenstermacher dated Feb. 6.

Bailey banned Fenstermacher from attending any future events at the school, which included the individual district tournament that starts Friday and the Northeast Regional Tournament that starts March 3.The teen wrestled for Liberty the past three years before transferring to Northampton Area.

Scomillio clarified the statement to say that Fenstermacher will watch the matches live and will not be forced to watch on closed-circuit television. He had no further comment beyond the statement.

K.J. Fenstermacher pinned his Liberty High School opponent within 31 seconds on the date his father allegedly offended bystanders.

It’s not the first time Kevin Fenstermacher has drawn attention at a wrestling match -- or been banned from Liberty High.

In 2014, Fenstermacher wascharged with harassment after allegedly shoving Bethlehem Catholic High School wrestling coach Jeffrey Karam as Karam spoke to reporters after Bethlehem Catholic wrestled Liberty at Freedom High School. The charge was later dismissed, but Fenstermacher was banned from events at Liberty High School that year.