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Wrestler Andrew Johnson Makes High School Championship Tourney … After Haircut Incident

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Remember the high school wrestler who was forced to cut off his dreadlocks before a match back in December?

Yeah, well, Andrew Johnson just placed 3rd in his district — qualifying for the prestigious regional championships … which means he’s one step closer to making the N.J. state tourney!!!

Johnson’s story made national headlines back in December when a referee told him his hairstyle violated high school wrestling rules … and he needed to chop his locks or forfeit the match. 

The 16-year-old junior reluctantly agreed to cut his hair — and still won the match — but he was visibly devastated

Footage of the incident went viral — and Johnson sat out of the next wrestling event because he was overwhelmed by the media attention. 

The good news … he eventually got back on the mat and returned to form — securing 3rd place at the NJSIAA/Rothman Orthopaedics District 29 tournament in New Jersey over the weekend in the 120-pound division.  

After the district tourney, Andrew told NJ.com, “I tried to block everything out and just wrestle.”

One of the cooler parts of the story … Johnson’s little bro, Nate — a freshman — finished second in the tourney and will also advance to this week’s regionals.

“We’re both moving on, so we’re ready,” Andrew said. 

Their mom, Rosa Johnson, also weighed in — saying, “Our family has just rallied around them and kept them focused.”

“We’ve tried to protect them. They’ve worked really hard for this and wanted to keep them focused.”

As for the ref who forced Johnson to cut his hair 2 months ago … TMZ Sports has learned Alan Maloney has not officiated since the incident, and the NJSIAA is still investigating.

A rep for the board tells us, discipline for Maloney will not come down until after the season … ’cause they want to give Johnson “time to finish the season with no additional distractions.”

Victor Page Ex-Georgetown Star Violent Incident Caught On Video

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TMZ Sports has obtained surveillance footage which shows ex-Georgetown basketball star Victor Page attacking a 17-year-old girl during a 2018 incident … and it’s extremely disturbing. 

First off, 43-year-old Page is currently locked up in a Maryland jail over the 2018 incident, and he’s facing several serious criminal charges, including 1st and 2nd degree attempted rape. 

We spoke to a rep for the victim’s family who told us that they want the video to be out publicly — and they’re hoping Page is punished to the fullest extent of the law. 

Here’s the backstory … 

The victim was at her family’s apartment in Camp Springs, Maryland on Dec. 30 when she claims Page tried to rape her inside the home. 

She tried to run … but as you can see in the video, Page follows her outside and eventually smothers her while she’s on the ground for roughly 2 minutes. 

Neighbors noticed the assault, and ran over to help pry Page off the girl. When they finally got him off, the girl ran away. 

The victim went to authorities and Page was arrested a few days later. He’s now behind bars at Prince George’s County Detention Center awaiting a hearing on Feb. 1.

He’s facing a bunch of charges including 1st and 2nd degree attempted rape, attempted sex abuse of a minor, 2nd degree child abuse and more. 

We’ve reached out to Page’s attorney for comment — so far, no word back. 

Page has a long, sad history with the law — he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for 2nd degree assault in 2013, but he was released early.  

Page played with Allen Iverson at Georgetown and was a key part of the ’95-’96 Hoyas team that went to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tourney. He led the Big East in scoring in the ’96-’97 season. 

Page left Georgetown after his sophomore year and went undrafted. He had a cup of coffee with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but never saw any NBA minutes. 

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Files Battery Report Against Jen Harley … Over Ashtray-Throwing Incident

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Ronnie Ortiz-Magro has just gone to cops and filed a police report against Jen Harley, after she allegedly threw an ashtray at his head … TMZ has learned.

As we reported, Ronnie and Jen got into a big fight shortly after midnight at a Las Vegas New Year’s Eve party, and that’s where she allegedly hurled the ashtray in his direction, striking him in the nose area and breaking the skin. When Jen got home, she found someone had ransacked the place, smashing a flat-screen TV and a vase. They also destroyed pictures and glass frames.

She called the cops and claimed Ronnie was the culprit. Cops named Ronnie a person of interest.  

As for Ronnie’s police report, we’re told his motivation is that he wants Jen to get professional help. He’s also worried about the safety of their 8-month-old child. 

We’re told Ronnie took photos of his injuries and submitted them to cops. We’re also told cops took additional pics Thursday at the police station because the injuries were still visible. 

Andrew Johnson Wrestling Team Boycotting Ref After Haircut Incident

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The Buena Regional High School wrestling team announced it will NOT compete in events refereed by the man who forced Andrew Johnson to cut his hair before a match earlier this month. 

The Buena Regional school board held an emergency meeting in New Jersey on Wednesday with board members and concerned community members … and that’s where the announcement was made. 

As we previously reported, referee Alan Maloney (who is white) told the 16-year-old black wrestler to either cut off his dreadlocks or forfeit the match during a Dec. 19 event. 

Johnson — who was only given 90 seconds to make his decision — opted for the haircut … and video of the shameful moment went viral. 

Maloney’s camp insists the ref was only following strict guidelines about hair maintenance — and was not being racist. 

As for Johnson, Buena has a wrestling match scheduled for Thursday morning — but an attorney for the student says he will NOT compete because he’s overwhelmed by the media attention. 

Johnson’s attorney says he will wrestle again this season — but has not announced a return date. 

NJ Athletic Officials Investigating Wrestling Referee … Over Hair Incident

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The white referee who ordered a black high school wrestler to either cut his hair or forfeit the match is now being investigated by NJ state athletic officials, TMZ Sports has learned. 

And, while the investigation is active, sources tell us the referee will NOT be working any matches. 

The incident involves Buena Regional High School athlete Andrew Johnson — who was seen on video getting his dreadlocks chopped off before a match this week. 

In the footage, Johnson looks distraught. People are furious, claiming the ultimatum was racially motivated since the ref, Alan Maloney, has previously been disciplined for making a racist comment in 2016. 

The way it’s being explained to us … Maloney has not been formally suspended or disciplined for the Johnson incident, but officials feel it’s best to keep him off the mat while they gather information. 

A source connected to Maloney tells us his position is that he was merely enforcing a rule about hair maintenance — and insists race was not a factor. 

Meanwhile, we spoke with a rep for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association — which oversees high school sports in NJ — a who gave us the following statement. 

“The NJSIAA has been in direct contact with school officials and is now awaiting official incident reports. A report also has been requested from the referee involved. In addition – and as per its formal sportsmanship policy – the NJSIAA has provided initial information to the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights and will continue to send updates as they become available.”

“At this point, the NJSIAA is working to determine the exact nature of the incident and whether an infraction occurred.”

“As a precautionary measure, given the degree of attention being focused on this matter, the NJSIAA 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.”

Multiple attempts to reach both Maloney and Johnson were unsuccessful.