Accidents still occur. Over the last 10 years, five other students have died in accidental falls into the gorges, said Blaine P. Friedlander, a university spokesman.
Keith O'Donnell was discovered at 2 a.m. in the Cascadilla Gorge and taken by helicopter to the State University of New York Upstate Medical University trauma center in Syracuse, where he was treated for severe head injuries and a punctured lung, his aunt said.
Ithaca police said an investigation was continuing.
O'Donnell was a star wrestler in his freshman year at Highland Regional High School in Blackwood. He then won a scholarship to the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., where he continued to be a standout grappler. He wrestled for Cornell his first two years in the 174-pound weight class, according to a university Web site.
Funeral arrangements were pending.
A fund has been set up by the O'Donnell family to return Keith O'Donnell's body to New Jersey and provide for a scholarship in his name. Donations may be made to the Keith O'Donnell Memorial Fund, c/o Commerce Bank, 601 College Dr., Blackwood, N.J. 08012.
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