Buena Wrestling Team No Longer Will Compete in Events Reffed By Alan Maloney

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BUENA, N.J. -

A New Jersey high school wrestling team will not attend events with the referee who told one of their wrestlers to cut his hair or forfeit his match.

The Buena School District says its wrestling team will no longer compete in events officiated by Alan Maloney, who told a wrestler to lose his dreadlocks or forfeit his bout.

The announcement came during an emergency meeting held on the night of Wednesday, December 26th, with the Buena Regional School Board and members of the community.

The groups that assign referees have already said they wouldn't assign Maloney until further notice.

Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson had his dreadlocks cut minutes before his match on Wednesday, December 19th.

Johnson, who is black, had a cover over his hair, but referee Maloney, who is white, said that the cover was unacceptable.

Maloney didn't respond to requests for comment.

Meanwhile, an attorney for Johnson's family says they won't pursue legal action.

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