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'Choking game' claims life of Columbus teen wrestler

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New Richmond, 54017

New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

A memorial service will be held this Saturday in Columbus for a 17-year-old high school student who died from what's called the choking game.

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His family said Mack Jensen died last Friday in a game in which teens try to get each other to feel light-headed, either by choking, or pushing on each other's chests for a few seconds.

Jensen's father Dan said his son was a good student who stayed away from drugs and had lots of friends and if it can happen to him, it can happen to anyone.

Jensen says he and his wife are just learning how prevalent the choking game is among young people, especially athletes.

Mack Jensen won a national wrestling meet in Colorado last month, and he was planning to compete in another such tournament in Fargo, N.D.

He would have been a senior in Columbus this fall.

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