Referee makes wrestler cut dreadlocks or forfeit match

A high school wrestling referee in New Jersey made a wrestler choose between cutting his dreadlocks or forfeiting his match on Wednesday.

Buena (N.J.) Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson had his dreadlocks covered before his 120-pound match against Oakcrest High (Mays Landing, N.J.) athlete David Flippen. According to SNJToday, referee Alan Maloney told Johnson he could either cut his hair or forfeit the match. Johnson chose the former.

After going the haircut route, Johnson won the match.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) said it was investigating the incident and will recommend "to chapter officials that the referee in question not be assigned to any event until this matter has been reviewed more thoroughly in order to avoid potential distractions for the competing wrestlers."

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