The seven wrestlers, all white, were seen posing with a black tackling dummy dressed in a Paulsboro shirt with a noose around his neck in a photo that began circulating over the weekend.
On Wednesday, Phillipsburg School District Superintendent George Chando told nj.com action has been taken, but didn’t reveal what the action was at that time.
On Thursday, nj.com reported the seven wrestlers were scratched from the District 1 individual wrestling tournament, which commences this weekend. Wrestlers advance from the district tournament to the regional tournament and ultimately the state tournament, meaning the seven wrestlers in question will not have an opportunity to win a state championship this season.
Phillipsburg and Paulsboro boast powerhouse wrestling programs and are traditional opponents.
The teams wrestled earlier this season. Phillipsburg won the match, 38-21, according to nj.com.