STAFFORD, NJ – The Southern Regional High School wrestling program has withdrawn from the NJSIAA State Championship Team Wrestling Tournament.
According to Southern Regional High School principal Eric Wilhelm, the team made a procedural error in regards to weight certification.
"We learned of this [violation] this morning," Wilhelm said. "I had athletic director Chuck Donahue self-report it to the NJSIAA. [Executive Director and wrestling tournament director] Steve Timko of the NJSIAA said we will forfeit the matches this week as a team. Upon getting recertification, the players are eligible for the individual tournament."
Rams wrestling head coach John Stout confirmed that the individual athletes are still eligible for the state individual titles in the district, regional and state championships beginning next weekend.
According to Timko, the NJSIAA was notified this morning of the rules violation following the Rams’ opening round victory in the South Jersey, Group 5 tournament over Rancocas Valley Regional High School on Monday.
“As a result of self-reported non-compliance with NJSIAA regulations," Timko said, "Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin (South Group V) has been withdrawn from the state championship team wrestling tournament.
Top-seeded Southern Regional was scheduled to host No. 3 Egg Harbor in the South Jersey, Group 5 semifinals on Wednesday. With Southern withdrawing, Egg Harbor will advance to the section finals on Friday.