Lawyer Requests State to Investigate Referees' Treatment of Buena Wrestler

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The lawyer for a South Jersey high school wrestler is asking for the state to investigate his treatment at the hands of referees.

At a wrestling meet back on December 19th, 16-year-old Buena Regional wrestler, Andrew Johnson, was given the choice by referee Alan Maloney between cutting his hair or forfeiting his wrestling match.

Johnson's hair was cut, prompting outrage.

On Wednesday, January 9th, Buena Regional officials abruptly canceled their home match after lawyer Dominic Speziali says a referee said that Johnson would not be allowed to compete without a covering for his dreadlocks.

Speziali is now requesting that the State Division on Civil Rights investigate the actions of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJIAA) as well as the New Jersey Wrestling Officials Association and what he calls their "unrelenting fixation" on Johnson's hair.

Officials with the NJIAA have launched their own investigation into the initial incident.


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