ROBBINSVILLE – This year’s state high school individual wrestling championships will still be held the second weekend even though a rumored Lady Gaga concert will not be held the first weekend in March at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
The championships were moved in September to March 8-10 because Boardwalk Hall was supposedly filled the first weekend in March. Lady Gaga had tweeted that she was going to perform at Boardwalk Hall on March 2.
But the concert never came off. Steve Timko, executive director of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, said Wednesday morning he received a recent call from Boardwalk Hall officials asking if the NJSIAA wanted to move back to the first weekend in March.
Timko said during the NJSIAA's executive committee meeting that with the schedule already planned for the second weekend it was too late to make a change.
Tickets for the championships went on sale this past weekend. Timko said 2,500 tickets for the event have already been sold.
In other business, the state group outdoor track and field team championships will put more emphasis on team performance, under a resolution approved on first reading by the executive committee.
Only the top-two public school teams in each of the four sections would be eligible to compete for a state championship, under the measure.
Each top-two team will advance each of their athletes who finish in the top-12 in their respective events.
Individuals from teams not in the top-two will continue to advance to the state championships but their performances will not count in team scoring.
The move was made because in the past some schools have won state team championships behind outstanding performances by just one athlete.
In other business, the executive committee gave schools the option of starting the 2013 fall season on Sept. 6. The early start will give schools more flexibility in scheduling.
The executive committee also created a non-public enrollment group in field hockey. There are 29 non-public schools that play field hockey. Currently, non-public schools compete against their public school counterparts of similar enrollment for state titles.