Impromptu haircut in New Jersey recap, reactions
December 26, 2018


What's the biggest amateur wrestling news story in the U.S. in 2018?

In terms of mainstream media coverage and social media buzz, it's not Team USA's incredible performance at the 2018 Worlds. Nor is it Penn State winning yet another national team title at the 2018 NCAA Division I championships. Nor is it that the number of states announcing the creation of a separate state championships for girls has doubled in the past year. And, no, it's not some feel-good story of a wrestler overcoming adversity.

Arguably the biggest wrestling story springs from a video of a Dec. 19 New Jersey high school wrestling dual showing a wrestler having his dreadlocks cut off by a team trainer so that he can wrestle the match, per the mat official's instructions that he have his hair cut, or forfeit the match.