PAULSBORO — Two New Jersey high school wrestling powers are stopping their matches against one another because of a photo in which members of one team simulated a lynching.

Paulsboro school superintendent Walter Quint tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that continuing meets against Phillipsburg High School would be "disrespectful to the people who are here that are hurt by" the photo.

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The controversy erupted in February when the photo surfaced online of seven white Phillipsburg wrestlers, some with pointed hoods, posing with a black wrestling dummy hanging from a noose. The dummy is in a Paulsboro shirt.

The seven plus another team member were scratched from the state tournament after the photo became public. Prosecutors investigated but declined to file charges.

There have been several apologies.

The schools had scheduled meets annually since 1999.

Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.

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