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.
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 with the schedule already planned for the second weekend it was too late to make a change.
“The people at (Boardwalk Hall) have been wonderful to work with,” Timko said after the NJSIAA executive committee Wednesday.
“The decision was made (for the second weekend in March) and we’re moving forward.
“Our member schools have been great. They understood the dilemma.”
Tickets for the championships went on sale this past weekend. Timko said 2,500 tickets for the event already have been sold.
In other business, the state group outdoor track and field team championships will put more emphasis on team performance this spring.
The resolution approved on first reading by the executive committee.
The executive committee also must approve the measure at its February meeting for the new format to be implemented this spring.
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.
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.
For example, the Oakcrest girls won the state Group III title as standout Nichole Hill scored 40 of the team’s 41 points.
NJSIAA assistant director Don Danser said schools wanted to make the change.
“The (current system) is just not an indication of who the best team is,” he said.
In other business, the executive committee gave schools the option of starting the 2013 fall season on Sept. 6.
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.
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