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High school to skip events officiated by referee who told wrestler to cut dreadlocks

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 12/27/2018

a person holding a football ball in front of a crowd: In this image taken from a video provided by SNJTODAY.COM, Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson is declared the winner after his match on Dec. 19. © Michael Frankel, AP In this image taken from a video provided by SNJTODAY.COM, Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson is declared the winner after his match on Dec. 19. BUENA, N.J. -- A New Jersey school district says its wrestling team will no longer compete in events officiated by a referee who told a wrestler to lose his dreadlocks or forfeit his bout.

The announcement came during an emergency meeting held Wednesday with the Buena Regional school board and members of the community. The groups that assign referees have already said they wouldn't assign the ref until further notice.

Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson had his dreadlocks cut minutes before his match on Dec. 19.

Johnson, who is black, had a cover over his hair, but referee Alan Maloney, who is white, said that wouldn't be sufficient. Maloney didn't respond to requests for comment.

WCAU-TV reports the high school's wrestling coach and athletic trainer discussed the incident with board members behind closed doors Wednesday.

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