Why Teen Wrestler's Hair Can't Be Fixed

It's probably an honest mistake, but still
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2018 1:25 PM CST
In this image taken from a Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 video provided by SNJToday.com, Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson is declared the winner after his match in Buena, NJ.   (Michael Frankel/SNJTODAY.COM viavAP)
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(Newser) – Andrew Johnson's unkind cut might have been fixed, except for one thing: His dreadlocks were thrown out, TMZ reports. Seems the teen wrestler's dreads—sheared off by referee demand last week in New Jersey before a match—could have been reattached if school officials had kept them. It's a tough process that can take months and involve fusing dreads, but it's possible. Meanwhile, sources say hair-care experts have approached Johnson with offers but he hasn't decided so far. Seems the referee, Alan Maloney, told Johnson to shave his stubble before the match—and he did—but said nothing about the dreadlocks until match time, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. (See what the school district has decided about Maloney.)

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