Earlier this week the Phillipsburg High School wrestling team won a state championship, completing the first undefeated season in school history.
Today, the team is being investigated for a racist photo that appears to show seven members of the team posing around a dummy wearing the shirt of a rival school —a black dummy with a noose over its head.
The incident is under investigation by the Phillipsburg school district, which has yet to respond to the media.
In the photo the dummy is wearing the t-shirt of Paulsboro High School, a racially diverse team that located near Philadelphia.
Two of the students in the photo are posed with hoodies on—and some have brought up connections to the white hoods worn by the Ku Klux Klan.
While the Paulsboro school district has expressed disappointment in the photograph the wrestling coach at Phillipsburg High, Dave Post, told the Express-News the incident was “a private student matter that’s currently under investigation.
Phillipsburg High School wrestlers are scheduled to participate in the individual state tournament—they won the team title—this weekend.